Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, Kure Beach

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4.8/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
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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  • My first year of having a season pass. Well worth the money. After Sept 15,the park is open 24/7. We out onto the beach after the sun we down. The girlfriend and I enjoyed the quietness and beauty of ...  read more »
  • It's just a great public beach access point. Plenty of parking. The showers are at waist level don't get that at all lol. But overall great place to visit. 
  • We rented bikes and rode along the beach and around the live oak trees. There are also trails through the woods for bikers. Civil War museum across the street has trails along the marsh and bench area...  read more »
  • You can fine this gem on the way to the Fort Fisher Aquarium. It has a fantastic beach access that includes plenty of foot showers and bathrooms, as well as several bbq grills and picnic tables that make for great family outings. It's a North Carolina State run facility so it also had a nice wildlife/learning center which is air conditioned and staffed during open hours. Just to the south of the this area is the 4x4 access road, and the Ramsgate Trailhead. The main features of this trail are the Hermit's Bunker, and the Observation Deck at the end.
  • I loved this place because I was able to bring my was beautiful there. Nice day.
  • Gone are the days of empty dunes waiting for a few country folk wanting to get a hook wet while drinking a few cases and getting sunburnt. More rules along with the minivans, soccer moms and kids improving a tiny peice of redneck heaven.
  • See the photo of my dog. He was bitten by a rattlesnake on the dunes of Fort Fisher SRA March 5, 2016. Fortunately, the snake hit his skull, and little venom was injected. He's fine, now. Don't forget that barrier islands are perfect habitat for rattlesnakes, and Fort Fisher borders the forests and wetlands of Federal Point military reservation. Of course, the SRA is worth the risk.
  • A nice beach! Fun for families and dogs are allowed as long as they are leashed.
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