Fort Macon

Fort Macon, Atlantic Beach: Hours, Address, Fort Macon Reviews: 4.5/5

State Parks • Military Bases & Facilities
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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A Civil War fortress located at the entrance of Beaufort Inlet.
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DrAMac2014
Rosedale, VA31 contributions
Definitely worth a visit!
Sep 2021
We visited Fort Macon on our recent trip to Atlantic Beach. It is such a neat place and it is free. Everyone was super friendly. There is a really nice visitor center and gift shop. We really enjoyed touring the fort. There is also beach access, picnic sheds, and hiking trails. We wanted to hike but the rain moved in and we weren't able to. If you are in the area, I would definitely recommend.
Written September 27, 2021
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Alta Roark
5 contributions
Wonderful day trip
Aug 2021
History time capsule, beautifully kept. Don't go during the rainy season, major drain problem. Go towards evening to experience the firing of the canons. Great gift shop with very clean restroom facilities. Across the parking area is a lovely strip of beach for fishing, no swimming allowed.
Written September 12, 2021
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Sousabby
Cary, NC90 contributions
Worth a visit
Aug 2021
Beautiful! Nicely restored and ocean view from here is amazing. It is a well restored fort . The vegetation around it is also well preserved since it is a state park. Some of the sections of the fort were closed due to restoration but whatever we could see were very good. The main office also has exhibits. The beach access right in front of the fort is mainly for fishing . The beach access is about half a mile away and is along the Atlantic beach,
Written August 30, 2021
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JSSAmber
Cambridge, UK443 contributions
Lively and thoughtfully presented
Aug 2021
It's difficult to make a place like this welcoming and interesting for everyone in these divisive times: this was a fort taken by the Confederates and then taken back by the Union, and there's no way to tell that story without making someone feel uncomfortable. However, through the displays and short film, the state has done a really good job of telling that history factually without dodging the painful parts, including the fact that slave labor was used at multiple points in the construction of the fort. The layout and signage are great throughout, and there's cool stuff about wildlife and science throughout, as well. All this for the grand price of zero bucks entrance, zero bucks parking!
Written August 17, 2021
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Stephanie S
Fayetteville, NC116 contributions
Well maintained Fort, Free to visit
Jul 2021
Came through with 2 young kids, one in a stroller. It as nice to walk around, not too busy, and I was able to get around easily with a stroller
Written July 23, 2021
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Mike A
Baldwinsville, NY435 contributions
Tour of Fort Macon
Jul 2021 • Couples
Excellent. Mike was informative and really breathed life into the stories and history of Fort Macon. Well worth an hour and free to boot!
Written July 8, 2021
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Hannah O
4 contributions
Neat history gem in the OBX
May 2021 • Couples
Fort Macon is a cool place to visit and is good for all ages! It’s free and offers some great views and history lessons! Super cool to be able to physically interact with history
Written June 2, 2021
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MinnScooter
Lakeville, MN909 contributions
Great Free activity on a nice spring day
May 2021
Very interesting history.. built, mostly abandoned, captured, re-built 1 day of wat & re captured mostly abandoned reactivated given to state as a park.. re-activated for WW!! then given back to state. well preserved ( after being repaired & restored ) interesting thins like the hot shot furnace, the daily rations etc. and it's FREE ( so be nice and leave a donation to help with upkeep)
Written May 6, 2021
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DDKAT
Wilmington, NC39 contributions
Great stop on the way home!
Jan 2021 • Couples
Stopping at Fort Macon was a treat. Free access to the Fort and surroundings. Atlantic Beach is right across the parking lot. We had a beautiful walk on the beach collecting tons for shells. Highly recommend visiting the Fort and beach.
Written January 18, 2021
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DannyWasserman
Virginia Beach, VA3,796 contributions
Nice bit of History !!
Jan 2021
Check this iconic Fort out at the end of the Island. It served as a hub to thwart off all the enemies and keep America safe. Lots of history and maps and guidelines. Its worth the trip.
Written January 4, 2021
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