Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach

(4.5/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web)
Fort Fisher State Historic Site tells the story of one of the most important fortifications of the Civil War and is the site of fierce naval and land battles. The Confederate fort, strategically placed at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, was crucial for protecting trading routes and keeping Confederate supply lines open. Capturing the fort known as the Southern Gibraltar was crucial for the Union, but it was only achieved in 1865 after two sieges. Little remains of the original earthen fort, but you can still see some of its parts and visit the restored gun batteries, archeological displays, and a monument to Confederate soldiers. Through exhibits and an audiovisual program, the visitor center provides information on the fort's history. If the weather is nice, plan to stop by the adjacent public beach for a swim. Add Fort Fisher State Historic Site to your Kure Beach travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kure Beach travel itinerary maker.
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  • While renting on Carolina Beach, we took the short drive to Fort Fischer. Entrance is free, but there is a donation box within the museum. You can spend about 30-45 minutes reading and reviewing the e...  more »
  • I'm not a history buff but my partner is...and this was a very interesting and well presented display. We also enjoyed walking the small hills and abutments surrounding the area. Perfect visit for a C...  more »
  • We were intrigued by the civil war history of Ft Fisher. The docent was excellent, thorough. They really should charge admission.  more »
  • Beautiful site. Very knowledgeable historian gave us a guided tour. Worth the extra penny. Highly recommended.
  • If you're into history such as the civil war, this is a great place to hear and see some stories that you haven't heard. Not only is the place beautiful, you can always find a peaceful spot no matter how many people may be visiting as well. It's situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear river. A must see destination.
  • A very beautiful state park bounded on two sides by ocean and river basin. Gorgeous walking trails and historic exhibits abound. It is hard to equate the tranquility here with the knowledge that thousands of men were killed on the surrounding land.
  • Very serene and beautiful. It a very relaxing place to take a walk. The history is also very interesting.
  • This is a great little tourist site next to the beach. Lots of local history