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The North Carolina Coast Sights

Fort Macon State Park

  • 2303 E. Fort Macon Rd. Map It
  • Atlantic Beach
  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Updated 10/22/2014

Fodor's Review

The centerpiece of the park is the 1834 pentagon-shape fortress used first to protect the coast against foreign invaders and pirates, then against Yankees during the Civil War. You can explore on your own or take a guided tour. The 365-acre park set in a maritime forest also offers picnic areas, hiking trails, a mile-long beachfront with a large bathhouse, showers, and refreshments, and summer concerts. Rangers offer a wide selection of nature talks and walks, including Civil War weapons demonstrations, bird or butterfly hikes, and beach explorations. Follow the boardwalk over the dunes to the beach, which, due to strong currents, has lifeguards on duty June through Labor Day from 10 to 5:45. The park is at the east end of Route 58 on Bogue Banks, 3 miles south of Morehead city.

Sight Information


2303 E. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, 28512, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 9–5:30 (visitor center closes at 5)

Updated 10/22/2014


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