Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, Kure Beach

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Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is a 287acre North Carolina state park in New Hanover County, North Carolina in the United States. Located near Kure Beach, North Carolina, it includes Fort Fisher, site of a major naval engagement during the American Civil War. The recreation area also served as a home for the Fort Fisher Hermit, Robert Harrill. Harrill lived in a bunker and shared his beliefs about "common sense" with thousands of visitors every year while surviving on what he could gather from the surrounding salt marsh and oyster beds.Today, the recreation area consists of the remains of the earthen Fort Fisher and a museum at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, an oceanfront beach pavilion, a large lagoon popular with windsurfers, and a long stretch of beach that is accessible only by four-wheel drive vehicles. The beach is an important nesting ground for sea turtles, and state park rangers regularly patrol the beach to identify recently built turtle nests. Once they are identified, they are clearly marked and surrounded with a mesh fence to prevent vehicles from driving over the eggs. The openings in the mesh are large enough to allow newly hatched turtles to pass through and return to the sea.HistoryThe city of Wilmington on the Cape Fear River was an important port of entry for the Confederacy during the Civil War. And, by late 1864, it was the last southern port open to trade. Fort Fisher, built in 1861, served to protect this valuable port from Union ships. In 1864, the first of two Union attacks on Fort Fisher took place. The fort held strong during the first battle and Union forces withdrew, but the Confederacy was not so fortunate the next time. The First Battle of Fort Fisher, during the American Civil War, was the largest naval bombardment and land-sea battle fought in any war up to that time.
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  • Fort Fisher was a quiet beach and area for bicycling/ away from it all. Spent our time there instead of in Wilmington while we waited for our beachfront place to be ready.  more »
  • I took my family to Fort Fisher a few days ago and they loved it. The best part was the 4WD access. The kids thought it was so cool and the beach is way better and less crowded there than at the condo...  more »
  • Was given a tour of the park while up on vacation... Nice views, cool scenery. STOP the car, let me out!!! Very cool, check out the Huey..... I was like a little kid.  more »
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  • Truly awesome. Great beaches. Great Parks staff. My family's destination nearly every trip
  • Love visiting the aquarium to see all the new fish, feel the shark's skin in the touch tank downstairs, listen to the divers explain things about the fish, sharks, turtles, etc. and more! Then a walk on the beach looking for treasures finishes off a great and relaxing day! Friendly, knowledgeable staff and beautiful creatures to view.
  • Great beach. Finding parking can be a little challenging (but that is the same pretty much anywhere along the coast). If you walk a little south from the main beach entrance point, you'll quickly leave the masses behind (turns out people don't like to walk too much... ;-) ).
  • Awesome State Park and Beach. The nicest and cleanest bathroom anywhere along the beach. You will need at least two days to do it all here. There's picnic tables and grill too but you have to reserve to get it.
  • Great rec area. It's very heavily trafficked in the summer. There are nice facilities if you can catch them when they aren't being used. The spring and fall are the best times to visit. Check out the old hermits bunker and bring a picnic.