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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:00am
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 11:00am
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 11:00am
Trails

Fort Macon has over 1.5 miles of ocean beach for hiking. As you walk along the beach you may see one of the 302 different species of birds found in the park or experience the thrill of watching dolphins playing in the ocean.

 

 

Beach Trail
Location: On the beach
Description: The beach is always available for hikes. As you walk along the beach you may see one of the 302 different species of birds found in the park or experience the thrill of watching dolphins playing in the ocean.
Point of Interest:
Length:
1.50 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
You can walk on the beach at Fort Macon State Park
Surface: Sand
Elliott Coues Nature Trail
Location: North end of the Fort area parking lot & Northeast corner of the Beach Access parking lot
Description: The Elliott Coues Nature Trail is a new hiking trail that connects the Fort area with the Swim Beach area. It stretches approximately 3.2 miles round trip and travels along the marsh, through the maritime forest, and through the sand dunes. The trail can be accessed both at the Fort parking lot or the Beach Access parking lot. Park visitors are reminded that these two parking lots have separate closing times and these times change throughout the year based on the month, so please be mindful of your time if you start your hike later in the afternoon.
Point of Interest:
Length:
3.20 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Yellow Circles
Surface: Natural surface, Sand, Gravel, Boardwalk
Yarrow's Loop
Location: Fort Parking Lot
Description: Yarrow's Loop is a short quarter mile nature trail that starts and ends at the north end of the fort parking lot. Information signs along the trail tell about some of the common plants and animals that can be found in the park.
Point of Interest:
Length:
0.25 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Surface: Natural surface
Contact:

Fort Macon State Park

2303 East Fort Macon Road
Atlantic BeachNC 28512
Phone252-726-3775
fort.macon@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 34.697952
Longitude: -76.678340

Park Hours:

Fort Macon: 9am - 5:30pm daily.

Coastal Education and Visitor Center: 9am - 5pm daily.

Bookstore: 9am - 5pm Phone 252-247-3100

Bathhouse Area:
November - February: 8am - 5:30pm
March: 8am - 7pm
April, May, September and October: 8am - 8pm
June - August: 8am - 9pm

Swimming Area:
10am - 5:45pm Memorial Day until Labor Day, if staffing permits

Fort Parking Area:
November - March: 8am - 6pm
April, May, September and October: 8am - 7pm
June - August: 8am - 8pm

Closed Christmas Day

Park Office
8am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm Monday - Friday
Closed state holidays