Experience Beauty and Wildlife in Nature’s Paradise  

As one of North Carolina’s most undeveloped beaches with beautiful, natural surroundings for miles, shell-seekers, bird watchers, nesting Loggerhead sea turtles, nature enthusiasts and eco-adventurers all find seclusion here. Explore the Ocean Front Park, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and more to relax or actively participate in a variety of activities at one of the beach’s scenic parks. 

Nature's Playground

Located in the heart of Kure Beach, Ocean Front Park and Pavilion offers beautiful ocean views. Children love to romp and play in the playground that features a pretend pirate ship to play on. Visitors can stroll along the oceanfront boardwalk that extends down Atlantic Avenue, lined with swings perfect for two. The park also features an open-air pavilion where concerts, weddings and family-friendly events including Boogie in the Park and Storytime by the Sea are held throughout the year.

Hidden Sanctuary

Enjoy a leisurely beach day and walk along one of the few remaining undeveloped stretches of shoreline on the southern coast at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, where you can comb the beach for sea stars, keyhole urchins and whelk shells in a beautiful natural setting. With six miles of beach to explore and coastal creatures including pelicans and loggerhead sea turtles, it offers the chance to see these unique animals in their natural habitat. The recreation area is popular for surf fishing too, and four-wheel-drive vehicles are allowed seasonally with required permits.

Views that Rock

On the north side of the Fort Fisher Recreation Area at low tide, an outcrop of mossy rocks come into view in the only Coquina rock formation in North Carolina. This unique seaside feature is created over thousands of years when sand, fossil debris, seashells and coral are naturally cemented together. This ecological wonder dates as far back as 80,000 years ago.

Unspoiled Scenery

Take a boat or kayak over to Zeke’s Island Reserve and explore the lagoon-like habitat, a sanctuary to many different shorebirds as well as other coastal wildlife. The estuarine reserve, made up of a collection of isolated islands, provide visitors with miles of pristine shorelines. Featuring several different habitats, including tidal flats, salt marshes, shrub thicket, maritime forest, sand dunes and ocean beach, visitors enjoy a variety of activities include kayaking, hiking, shelling, fishing and birdwatching. 

Parks and Barks

Get competitive at Joe Eakes Park where you can play a round of disc golf, a game of bocce ball, tennis or basketball. Kids can play, swing, slide and climb around in the large playground. The Gurney Hood Barking Lot dog park within Joe Eakes Park is an oasis for your furry friends to run and play,