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Fishermen relax on the beach at Fort Fisher
Current status of park facilities   

The Basin Trail is open.

The 4WD beach is open. Staff are selling Annual Passes ($90) and day passes on-site at the park.

Pedestrian beach is open. The park office is open, but the exhibit room remains closed. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter buildings.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of October 3, we are following modified Phase 3.

 Last updated on: Monday, October 5, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Fort Fisher State Recreation Area


Contact the park
 

910-458-5798

fort.fisher@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Park office

1000 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449

GPS: 33.9534, -77.9290
 

Hours
 

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  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March:
    8:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • April to May:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • October:
    8:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
  • Park gate is closed and locked at park closing time. Please see below for four-wheel-drive gate access.
     

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  • Open daily:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Open most state holidays
     

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  • September 15 to
    March 31:

    24 hours a day
     
  • April to May:
    8:00am to 7:30pm
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 8:30pm
     
  • September 1 to 14:
    8:00am to 7:30pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Open year-round:
    24 hours a day
     

 

 

 

Things to do

Hiking

The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.

Fishing

Fishing is allowed on the pedestrian beach and the four-wheel drive beach. Common ocean catches include bluefish, red drum, black drum, pompano, speckled trout, and Virginia mullet. Spot and flounder share the estuary with numerous shellfish. Fishing is best in the spring and fall seasons. All coastal recreational regulations and licenses apply. Return unwanted fish unharmed to the water and do not leave fish scraps on the beach. Fort Fisher SRA is experiencing problems with nest predators such as red fox feeding on turtle and shorebird nests. Leaving food and scraps on the beach attracts predators to areas where they may come into contact with people or feed on endangered and threatended species.

Swimming

Approximately five miles of beach provide all the sun, sand, sea and sky you can soak up in a day. Experience the ocean away from all the crowds. From the recreation area parking lot, an elevated boardwalk leads over the sand dunes to the beach, from where visitors can walk along one of the few remaining undeveloped stretches of shoreline on our southern coast.

Lifeguard service is provided in a designated swim area from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Please obey the warning signs and flags. A green flag indicates relatively calm conditions. A yellow flag indicates rougher conditions and to swim with caution. A red flag indicates severe conditions. Swimming is not permitted under red flag conditions.

Please note that the park has foot rinse stations only and no showers.

Picnicking

Whether for a group gathering or a relaxing lunch getaway from work, 23 picnic tables with grills are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no fee for their use. Some tables are handicap accessible.

Off-Road Vehicles

Please read the Fees/FAQS/Rules for more information about permits for off-road vehicles.

For visitors wishing to fish, sunbathe or view nature in the southern portions of the park, four-wheel-drive vehicles are allowed to operate within a limited corridor along the beach, at certain times of the day and with a valid permit. Drivers must follow designated routes, avoiding dunes, vegetation and marked nesting areas. Only registered motor vehicles are allowed in the four-wheel-drive access area (no ATVs). Exercise caution, portions of the access may flood at high tides. Soft sand and sharp drop-offs are common.

Four miles of beachfront at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is open to visitors in four-wheel-drive vehicles, though restrictions apply regarding times of use and areas open to traffic. There are two principal reasons for the restrictions. The park is somewhat remote and emergency services can be limited during hours when rangers are not on duty. Also, Fort Fisher is home to 16 rare species including the loggerhead sea turtles. In late summer and early fall, the turtles often use areas near the dune line for nesting. Colonial shore birds favor the sparsely vegetated flats between the dune line and marshes for nesting sites in summer months. Restricted areas are clearly marked by rope fences and signs.

A word of extreme caution: Steep drop-offs and soft sand can cause drivers and their vehicles to become stranded, and vehicles can be further threatened by incoming tides or engine overheating. Park staff is not equipped to recover stranded vehicles.