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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







Ft. Macon State Park is currently CLOSED until further notice.

In compliance with the current Carteret County state of emergency, Fort Macon State Park will be completely closed to the public until further notice. Please respect this closure and not attempt to enter the park during this period. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

All events and programs have been CANCELED until further notice.

 Last updated on: Monday, March 23, 2020

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:

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 5:30pm
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 9:00am
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 10:00am