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Fort Parking Lot Resurfacing    

From Wed. 21st - Fri. 23rd & Mon. 26th - Wed. 28th we expect to have crews working on patching and surfacing/sealing the parking lot at the Fort Access area.  During this time parts of the parking lot will have to be closed for the work, and the regular traffic patterns will be changed.  After the final topcoat is applied, no one will be allowed to walk or drive on the surface until the next day.  Please follow the directions of signs and other staff when navigating around the closed off worksite.  To reduce traffic and congestion, we would ask anyone coming to the park just to walk the Elliot Cause Trail, to park at the Bathhouse / Beach Access parking area at the other end of the park.  We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation. 

 Last updated on: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Current status of park facilities   

The beach, trails, fort, visitor center, and restrooms are open.

A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter buildings such as the visitor center.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide.

 Last updated on: Monday, April 19, 2021

Map of North Carolina – Fort Macon State Park

Contact the park






Visitor center

2303 E. Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

GPS: 34.6979, -76.6783



  • Open daily:
    9:00am to 5:30pm
  • Closed Christmas Day


  • Including coastal education center and bookstore
  • Open daily:
    9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day


  • November to February:
    8:00am to 5:30pm
  • 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


  • October to March:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
  • April to May:
    8:00am to 7:00pm
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
  • September:
    8:00am to 7:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day


  • Lifeguards available Memorial Day to
    Labor Day
  • 10:00am to 5:45pm
  • As staffing permits


  • Monday to Friday:
    8:00am to 1:00pm
    2:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Closed state holidays




Things to do


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

Fort Tours

Please see the Education page.


Fish are abundant in the inlet and the ocean. Flounder, bluefish, spot, croaker, sheepshead and whiting provide plenty of sport and lots of good eating. Fishing may be enjoyed throughout the year at Fort Macon.

  • Spring: Fishing starts slow but will improve as the water warms with catches of flounder, bluefish, red drum and various other species that return this time of year.
  • Summer: Fishing this time of year is usually a mixed bag of black drum, spot, flounder, bluefish, pompano, red drum and sea mullet.
  • Fall: Fall is the time when surf anglers enjoy runs of sea mullet (whiting), pompano, spot, gray trout, red drum, bluefish, black drum and various other species.
  • Winter: Fishing becomes tougher as the water cools. Determined anglers can target speckled trout and redfish in the surf. This time of year also has good numbers of dogfish.


Make a day of your visit and pack a picnic. Picnic facilities in the park include outdoor grills (a great place to cook those freshly caught fish), drinking water, picnic tables, shelters and restrooms.


The beautiful beach is a popular source of recreation at the park. A seaside bathhouse and refreshment stand are open Memorial Day through Labor Day for your convenience and comfort. Lifeguards are on duty for your protection from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day, staff permitting.

Due to strong water currents, visitors are encouraged to swim only in the designated area. Surfing is not allowed in the swimming area. Swimming in Beaufort Inlet is strictly prohibited.


Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 11:00am
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 10:30am
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 11:00am