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Fort Fisher State Historic Site

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  • Amenities
  • Site of Civil War's largest Amphibious (Land and Water) Battle, the remaining portion of the gigantic Fort Fisher earthworks, along with a restored palisade fence and impressive seacoast gun, sits near the Visitors Center. The fully accessible Visitors Center & Gift Shop includes a video, exhibits, and artifacts recovered from sunken ships. A scenic trail, shaded by gnarled live oaks, leads past the earthworks, around to the rear of the fort remains. The newest exhibit "From Slave to Soldier, Free a Man" the African American Experience at Fort Fisher, highlights African Americans' role in Fort Fisher's story from the fortress' construction to its fall, then forward to those stationed there during WWII .

    Battle Acre Monument to Civil War Soldiers, with separate walking trail and two oceanfront gazebos, is located across U.S. Highway 421 from the Visitors Center along the oceanfront. The remains of the blockade runner, Condor, are about 700 yards off the beach. Dive enthusiasts can pick up a dive map to explore the wreck, the first stop on NC's Heritage Dive Site trail.

  • General Info
    General Info
    • Motorcoach Parking on Site:
    • Hours of Operation: Tue-Sat 9am-5pm Closed Sundays, Mondays and most major state holidays. Sunday 12noon-5pm ONLY Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Battle Acre and trails are open year round.
    • Admission: No admission fees. There is a suggested donation at some special events.