Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, Kure Beach

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Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is a 287-acre (1.16 km2) 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.
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  • Neat historical site! We enjoyed walking around the pathways and watching the waves. Beautiful trees and historic scenery!!!! 
    Neat historical site! We enjoyed walking around the pathways and watching the waves. Beautiful trees and historic scenery!!!!  more »
  • It took me a minute to see the entrance to the trail because it's off from the 4 wheel drive entrance. This is a moderate trail in my opinion because parts of it has you walking across sand. The... 
    It took me a minute to see the entrance to the trail because it's off from the 4 wheel drive entrance. This is a moderate trail in my opinion because parts of it has you walking across sand. The...  more »
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  • Great beach for families. Plenty of parking and beach front access for families. It isn't too crowded and chaotic which makes it Great for parents with younger children. This is a great alternative to the outer banks if you are seeking a 4x4 beach or offroad beach. The sand here is very soft, so take it easy until you reach the beach front. It costs $20 for driving passes on the weekday and $30 on the weekend. There are also plenty of parking and a large parking lot for parking cars/airing up and airing down tires. The visitors center also has bathroom and a wash station.
  • We enjoy visiting the recreation area often as nature lovers. Nice to have picnic tables, rest rooms, and educational literature and displays. Unfortunately we left home without our packed lunch and I am diabetic. The vending machine needs some healthy options!

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