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No Lifeguards on Duty Wednesdays and Thursdays   

Fort Macon State Park will not have lifeguards on duty Wednesdays and Thursdays until further notice.  The beach access area will still be open these days, but all swimming will be AT YOUR OWN RISK. 

Park visitors are also reminded that swimming, wading, surfing, and boat/kayak launching is never allowed on the inlet beach near the fort between the large rock jetty and the Coast Guard boundary.

 

 Last updated on: Saturday, May 23, 2020

Status of park facilities as of May 22   

The beach, trails, and restrooms are open. The visitor center, the inside of the fort, exhibit rooms, and concessions remain closed. All programs, including tours, are canceled until further notice.

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.

 Last updated on: Friday, May 22, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Fort Macon State Park


Contact the park
 

252-726-3775

fort.macon@ncparks.gov

 

Bookstore

252-247-3100
 


Address
 

Visitor center

2303 E. Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

GPS: 34.6979, -76.6783
 

Hours
 

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

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

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  • 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
     

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  • 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
     

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

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

 

 

 

Educational programs

Regularly scheduled education and interpretive programs about Fort Macon State Park are held from April 15 to October 30. Check the Events calendar for more information.

To arrange a special exploration of Fort Macon State Park for your group or class, contact the park office.

Educational materials about Fort Macon State Park have been developed for grades 6-8 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Fort Macon program introduces students to the geologic process of barrier island movement and to the plants and animals that thrive in this shifting environment. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.

Coastal Education Center

The Coastal Education Center has a large exhibit hall featuring numerous exhibits about the natural history of the park, barrier island ecology, coastal North Carolina, and the interaction of natural and cultural history associated with Fort Macon. Join a regularly scheduled interpretive program or contact the park office to arrange an exploration for your group or class.

Exhibits and Fort Tour

Five-sided Fort macon is constructed of brick and stone. Twenty-six vaulter rooms (or casemates) are enclosed by outer walls that are 4.5 feet thick. Other features of the fort include powder magazines, counterfire rooms with cannon emplacements, and a wide moat, which served to protect the fort when flooded with waters from Bogue Sound. An inner court or parade ground is often the scene of historic reenactments.

Join a guided tour of the fort or conduct your own, following the printed guide available at the visitor center information desk. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the year (except Christmas Day), the restored quarters offer a look into the lives of officers and soldiers.

Exhibits in the museum acquaint you with a vital period in the history of the state and the nation. Five galleries display artifacts from a period of the fort's history. There is also a "Parade of Uniforms" and a reconstructed, handmade brick bake oven and hot-shot furnace (used to heat artillery shells). The museum has restored soldier barracks, kitchen and commissary exhibits. Also featured on display is a scale model of the fort, along with lighted maps, weaponry, enlarged photography, a small video theater, mural of sea battles, cannons in action, and military lifestyles.

The museum is open daily with the exception of Christmas Day.