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.
There are no entrance fees to enjoy the park. In addition to park-specific rules, please read the systemwide Park Rules for all North Carolina State Parks.
The launching or landing of private boats or personal watercraft is not permitted.
Because of strong water currents, visitors are encouraged to swim only in the protected area. Surfing is not allowed in protected swimming area.
Event permits. Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit. If you're unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand. You can download a Special Activity permit application or obtain one from the park office.
Research and collection permits. A permit is required for any project involving the collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural resource of any state park unit and for projects that require placing monitoring equipment in any state park unit. Learn more about research and collection permits or fill out a permit application online.
A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.
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