This is one of the South's largest and most important earthworks fortifications from the Civil War, so tough it was known as the Southern Gibraltar. A reconstructed battery, Civil War relics, a fiber-optic battle map, and artifacts from sunken blockade runners are on-site. The fort is part of the Fort Fisher Recreation Area, with 4 miles of undeveloped beach. It's also known for its underwater archaeology sites. At least two guided tours are available daily.