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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  • We visited this beach unplanned after a trip to the nearby historic Fort Fisher. The beach is just a short drive from the visitor center. There is plenty of public parking, and restrooms with changing...  more »
  • I highly reccomend this wonderful park and recreation center and the confedrate museum . There is a great guided tour. The guide is interesting and attentive to questions and comments by guests and hi...  more »
  • I had some time after my business meetings in Wilmington and took a short ride to Carolina Beach first wasn't impressed so I put BEACH in the GPS and Fort Fisher Beach came up. So I started toward it ...  more »
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  • Seemed very nice the short time we got to spend there. Very clean, family place. Looking forward to going back
  • Truly awesome. Great beaches. Great Parks staff. My family's destination nearly every trip
  • 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... ;-) ).
  • 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.
  • 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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