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Fishermen relax on the beach at Fort Fisher
Park reopening on Tuesday, August 11   

The park office and restrooms at Fort Fisher State Recreation will open as of Tuesday, August 11, at 8:00am. Staff at the park have completed a thorough cleaning and sanitation of park facilities following recent COVID-19 exposure. 

 Last updated on: Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Current status of park facilities   

The Basin Trail at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is closed until further notice after sustaining damage from Hurricane Isaias.

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

Pedestrian beach is open. Park office closed; exhibit room closed.

When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff or wear a mask or face covering. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

 Last updated on: Friday, August 7, 2020

Map of North Carolina – Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

Contact the park



Park office

1000 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449

GPS: 33.9534, -77.9290



  • 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.


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


  • 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


  • Open year-round:
    24 hours a day




List of trails

Explore the beach on five miles of coastline or the wildlife-rich marsh and soundside areas on the Basin Trail. Trails are easy but prepare with sun protection, proper footwear and perhaps bug spray.

Basin Trail
Location: Trail starts at the Visitor Center


The trail meanders through the marsh allowing hikers a chance to view sound-side flora and fauna and the Maritime Forest.

Surface: sand

1.10 miles
one way
easy hike