Fort Macon State Park
Beaufort Inlet is currently being dredged to deepen the channel to the Morehead City Port. The sand from this operation is being pumped onto Bogue Banks including the beach of Fort Macon. During this operation portions of Fort Macon’s beach will be closed as the contractors work their way down the island depositing the sand. We apologize for the inconvenience, and expect the work to be past our beach sometime next week if there are no unforeseen delays.
Currently (4/24/14) only the western most beach access at the bathhouse parking area is open for the public. All of the beach accesses are open at the Fort parking lot near the Coastal Education Center, but the public is reminded that swimming and wading in the inlet (East of the large rock jetty) is prohibited.
Updated: 2014-04-24 18:40:06
2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
GPS: 34.697952, -76.67834
Fort Macon offers public access to the surf, sun and sand of the Crystal Coast - as well as a historic landmark. Located at the eastern end of Bogue Banks, one of a series of barrier islands along the North Carolina coast, the park is surrounded on three sides by water - the Atlantic Ocean, Beaufort Inlet and Bogue Sound. This area of undisturbed natural beauty is the perfect place to explore salt marshes and estuaries vital to the coastal ecosystem.
The park is also home to a Civil War fort with a history as intricate and unique as the waterways of the sound. Visit Fort Macon to enjoy the land's natural beauty and soak up some history.
NEW: check out this virtual tour of Fort Macon!