Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach

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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. See Fort Fisher State Historic Site and all Kure Beach has to offer by arranging your trip with our Kure Beach day trip planning app .
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  • Fort Fisher is located at the confluence of the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean and was a real fort during the Civil War. I remember as a kid walking out into the blockade that had been constru...  more »
  • It took us 3 hours to visit the museum and grounds on our own. Nice trail around the mounds. We didn't take the tour but we did overhear the guide and he seemed thorough and full of knowledge. Didn't ...  more »
  • Our tour guide, Ray, told us he had worked at the site for 20 years. His extensive knowledge and insight almost made us believe he had been there during the Civil War battle. The tour took about two h...  more »
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  • The Fort Fisher Monument is well preserved. The Visitor Center has a very nice display and it's worth the visit. The importance of the fort during the War and what it meant for the southern cause is well-represented. In addition to that, the park around the area has a variety of other things to enjoy. I would highly recommend and encourage visits and repeat visits to take in the whole of the impact of that area and the park in history.
  • BEAUTIFUL, I'm not into history that much, especially not into war history but my mom loved it and she's very into that stuff. I will say the museum was set up very well, whoever curated it is very talented. It is also very family friendly, I think kids could have a great time here.
  • Free stop to see what is left of Fort Fisher. Nice grounds to walk around and interesting small museum to learn from. Would recommend stopping if you are in the area, but a trip for only this would be lacking.
  • Tour guide, Ray, is an amazing resource for information as well as a great story teller. He conveys his extensive knowledge of the fort in a way that compels you to listen.
  • Beautiful beach front and trails! Loved the variance in landscape and amenities! Great place for family fun, hikes, and just enjoying outdoors!
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