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Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is located in New Hanover County five miles south of Carolina Beach. From Raleigh, take Interstate 40 east. After approximately 122 miles, the interstate turns into NC 132. Continue south on NC 132, driving through Wilmington. US 421 joins NC 132; continue south on US 421. Follow US 421 through the towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Turn left into the state recreation area on Loggerhead Road. Parking and the visitor's center are to the left. The recreation area may also be reached from Brunswick County via the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry, which crosses the Cape Fear River. After exiting the ferry, turn right onto Loggerhead Road. Parking and the visitor's center are to the left.