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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  • 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 »
  • We saw Dolphins - that should be enough. Also pelicans. Right across from the first so easy to hit both attractions. Nice paved walkway if you prefer over walking in the sand. Just watch out as...  more »
  • Terrific Beach with sugar sand and beautiful views! Bring your 4-wheel drive in order to get to the remotest parts. $20/vehicle/day during the week, $30/vehicle/day on the weekends. Obviously, the best days to go if you're looking for a little privacy is during the week. Dog friendly year round and open until 8:30pm. The rangers are so nice, but please please please follow their instructions so that you won't get your vehicle stick in the sand and so that we all may continue to enjoy this beautiful part of North Carolina!
  • We come here every year. The kids love coming and seeing the exhibits. The staff is always friendly and will patiently answer all of their questions.

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