Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (33.964708, -77.922369)
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Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

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Trail Map: .jpg, .pdf
County: New Hanover
Acres: 1,587
Trails: 1.1 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Park Hours:
8 AM - 6 PM Nov - Feb
8 AM - 8 PM March - May, Sept, Oct
8 AM - 9 PM June - Aug
Closed December 25th
Visitor Center Hours:
8 AM - 5 PM
Open most state holidays

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Named for Fort Fisher, a Civil War fort, this park covers about 1600 acres of beach and maritime forest. Little remains of the fort, but a WWII bunker is located off the park's single hiking trail. Varied habitats and diverse wildlife are highlights of this park.

On the way to the park you'll pass the Fort Fisher State Historic Site. This is a separate entity from the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and does not have any hiking trails, but history buffs will want to make a stop. The historic site contains remnants of Fort Fisher, a small museum, and a knowledgable staff. The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher and the Fort Fisher Memorial are also located nearby.


Basin Trail (1.1 miles, moderate)
The Basin Trail travels along the beach, through maritime scrub forest, and over a lengthy boardwalk where waterfowl wade through the marsh. The trail ends at the Basin Overlook.
The park's several habitats, including ocean, shore, maritime forest, marshes, and tidal flats, host a variety of wildlife. White Ibis, seagulls, brown pelicans, butterflies, and fiddler crabs are among the many common residents.

Plant Life
The park's varied habitats also host varied plant life. Indian blanket is an especially common flower in this area. Live oak is the predominant tree in the maritime forest. Yucca, prickly pear, sea oats, and wax myrtle are also found here.

Visitor's Center and Museum, WWII bunker, Basin Overlook, NC Aquarium

External Links
Official Site
NC Historic Sites - Fort Fisher
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
NC State Parks' Video

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