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Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach

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Fort Fisher State Historic Site tells the story of one of the most important fortifications of the Civil War and is the site of fierce naval and land battles. The Confederate fort, strategically placed at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, was crucial for protecting trading routes and keeping Confederate supply lines open. Capturing the fort known as the Southern Gibraltar was crucial for the Union, but it was only achieved in 1865 after two sieges. Little remains of the original earthen fort, but you can still see some of its parts and visit the restored gun batteries, archeological displays, and a monument to Confederate soldiers. Through exhibits and an audiovisual program, the visitor center provides information on the fort's history. If the weather is nice, plan to stop by the adjacent public beach for a swim. See Fort Fisher State Historic Site and all Kure Beach has to offer by arranging your trip with our Kure Beach day trip planning app.
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  • It was a chilly but sunny day and a great place to walk a very well behaved dog - always on a leash for her safety and convenience for other walkers. 
    It was a chilly but sunny day and a great place to walk a very well behaved dog - always on a leash for her safety and convenience for other walkers.  more »
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  • Really cool walk thru outdoor exhibit with lots of tangible historical perspectives. The indoor portion is really well done and very educational. Really impressive for a free, not for profit museum. It's a must-do experience if you're in the area.
  • My family went on vacation in that area. We had a wonderful time & enjoyed the history information & pictures. The walking trail was very nice too. I'm handicap & have to use a cane due to mobility issues. The walk was enjoyable & had a trail that was flat enough to walk. There were benches throughout the area for me to sir down & catch my breath & rest my legs. This is a wonderful place for all ages & different physical strength & weaknesses.

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