Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, Kure Beach
(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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  • We drove out for the kite festival and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon on the beach. The wind was up, so lots of kites, people and dogs to watch. Parking was easy in the huge lots. There are restrooms i...  more »
  • There was a kite festival there on the beach, and it was a good place to spend a couple of hours. First of all, they had two food trucks, so if you got thirsty or hungry, it was right there. We did ea...  more »
  • There is something for everyone. The museum has lots of great artifacts to view from the occupation of the fort. Many do no know bit this was an active battle field during the war and the new led ligh...  more »
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  • I visit Ft Fisher as often as I can. I can bring my dog - on a leash and always under my control- any time of the year. The bathroom has changing stalls so you don't have to be cramped in the bathroom stall to change into or out of your swimsuit. The park staff are always friendly and knowledgable. They have a small interpretive center packed with interesting bits about the area, like the story of the Ft Fisher Hermit. This is a great place for a person alone, couples, families and friends to meet, relax, recreate, have a cookout, fish and explore. This place is a credit to our state parks system.
  • Great place to go out to the beach at. The bathrooms are being remodeled so that'll be nice when it's done
  • Beautiful beach access. Lots of sea shells. A great spot to meditate. A little bit of tranquility on tap here.
  • Beautiful beach with public facilities and grill access. One of the few places your allowed to take your dogs in the area.
  • Had such a good time, enjoyed the beach, was not crowded at all, lots to see, the Ferry was awesome!