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Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

Fishermen relax on the beach at Fort Fisher
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2017 Annual Pass Sales Begin December 19   

Annual four-wheel drive beach passes for 2017 will go on sale beginning December 19, 2016. You may purchase your pass during office hours any day of the week from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Purchases must be made in person; no sales can be made online, over the phone, or by mail.

 Posted on: Monday, November 28, 2016 - 1:41pm

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

Alternate between nearly six miles of pristine beach and trails through salt marsh brimming with wildlife at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, a park touching both the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River. Development on this protected shoreline is limited to a visitor center and related facilities and boardwalks that attract birders and photographers. Loggerhead sea turtles, piping plovers and other rare species nest along the sandy shore. The park is popular for surf fishing, and four-wheel-drive vehicles are allowed seasonally with required permits. On this tip of Pleasure Island, visitors will also find a state aquarium, Civil War-era historic site and a boating ramp and paddling launch nearby.


Nearby Attractions
Battleship NC
Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson SHS
NC Maritime Museum at Southport


Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

1000 Loggerhead Road
Kure BeachNC 28449
Latitude: 33.953400
Longitude: -77.929000

Park Hours:

November, December, January, February: 8am - 6pm
March, April, May, September, October: 8am - 8pm
June, July, August: 8am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park gate is closed and locked at park closing time.
From March 15th to September 15th the 4-wheel-drive beach access gate closes 30 minutes before park.

Park Office
8am - 5pm daily
Open most state holidays

Four-Wheel-Drive Beach Access
Sept. 15 - March 14
24 hours a day
March 15 - Sept. 14
Closes 30 minutes before park gates

Pedestrian beach access
24 hours a day