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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  • August 11, 2017
    We rented a 4x4 jeep for the day, which I would highly recommend, what fun! We took a drive out the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. We had the entire beach area to ourselves, the drive out was so f...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    We were very impressed with this recreation area. The facilities are top notch, great clean restrooms and showers. Great picnic areas with grills. The trails feature a WW II bunker, boardwalks, sand, ...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Fascinating telling of the history of the port of Wilmington, the last open port of the South which was the port of entry for all goods by the blockade runners bringing goods from Europe. Fort Fisher ...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    Seemed very nice the short time we got to spend there. Very clean, family place. Looking forward to going back
  • June 4, 2017
    Truly awesome. Great beaches. Great Parks staff. My family's destination nearly every trip
  • April 6, 2017
    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... ;-) ).
  • April 18, 2017
    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.
  • April 23, 2017
    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.

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