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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  • This site is the location of an old confederate fort, which guarded the last port of the confederacy. With its loss, the confederacy would get no more war supplies and the war would end more quickly. ...  more »
  • My husband and I visited here on a Monday and we didn’t realize the museum was closed on Mondays so we did not get to see that. We did walk the walkways and read the signs with a stroller. The paths w...  more »
  • Love coming knowing the history of the site. Staff always friendly and grounds immaculate. Take a tour for best trip and take time to read area of interest.  more »
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  • Plan on 1-2 hours: 30 min - 1 hour in the museum & same for wandering the grounds. Free to visit & park. Bathrooms with hot & cold running water as well as a drinking fountain. A couple restored cannons outside, many interpretive signs, and well-maintained boardwalk and cement path around the fort. There was an 11:00AM and 2PM ranger-led interpretive walk scheduled for the day I visited - not sure if that's daily, seasonal, or what.
  • This place has a great display of artifacts with information displayed below them. There is a nice path out back going through some trees. It's a really nice stop that doesn't take much time.
  • The folks working here are very knowledgeable and happy to share what they know. They run walking tours of the (smallish) site a few times a day. There is a 5 or so minutes long video you can watch. All good stuff.
  • Beautiful state historical site! There aren't a ton of trails, and the museum is small but well done. The highlight here is the location and incredible views. Perfect for a picnic or short stroll.
  • Loved seeing the history of Fort Fisher. The items on display are fascinating. We walked on the grounds to see the windswept trees and out to see the beach. No more beautiful beaches anywhere than in North Carolina!
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