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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



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