There will be no lifeguards at the Ft. Macon Swim Beach on Wednesdays or Thursdays for the remainder of the summer. We hope to keep enough staff to have lifeguards on duty Fridays – Tuesdays until Labor Day on September 3rd. All swimming at the ocean beach is at your own risk. Visitors are also reminded that swimming is prohibited in the inlet beach near the fort (any of the water east of the large rock jetty in front of Ft. Macon).
The September reenactment at Fort Macon State park has been rescheduled to the weekend of September 15th & 16th.
Get plant and animal checklists at the park office.
While most visitors to Fort Macon spend their time at the fort or relaxing on the beach, the park is also an excellent introduction to the varied and abundant plant and animal life of the North Carolina coast.
Explore the base of the jetty at low tide or walk the beach in search of mollusk shells washed ashore by a storm. Sea urchins, sea stars and coral may be spotted on or under rocks or other objects in the shallow water. Park flora includes live oak, yaupon, cedar and black locust.
Nearby natural attractions include the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area, eight miles west of Fort Macon. With extensive maritime forests and freshwater ponds, this area is also the site of the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.
Fort Macon State Park
Fort Macon: 9am - 5:30pm daily.
Coastal Education and Visitor Center: 9am - 5pm daily.
Bookstore: 9am - 5pm Phone 252-247-3100
November - February:
8am - 5:30pm
March & October 8am - 7pm
April, May and September: 8am - 8pm
June - August: 8am - 9pm
10am - 5:45pm Memorial Day until Labor Day, if staffing permits
Fort Parking Area:
October - March: 8am - 6pm
April, May and September: 8am - 7pm
June - August: 8am - 8pm
Closed Christmas Day
8am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm Monday - Friday
Closed state holidays