Fort Macon State Park – Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

Fort Macon State Park – Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

The historic landmark at this site is the 5 sided fort constructed of brick and stone which guarded the entrance to Beaufort Harbor.  The Park is surrounded on three sides by water, the Atlantic Ocean, Beaufort Inlet and Bogue Sound.  There are 26 vaulted rooms (also called casemates) inside the fort with the outer walls an average of 4 1/2 feet thick.

This area was often under attack by unwanted sources such as Blackbeard and other infamous pirates that were known to have passed through Beaufort Inlet at will while successive wars with Spain, France and Great Britain during the Colonial Period.  Beaufort was captured and plundered by the Spanish in 1747 and again by the British in 1782.

Construction of the present fort began in 1826 following the demonstrated weakness of existing coastal defenses during the war in 1812. 

During the Civil War the fort was under the control of the Union forces who used it as a coaling station for navy ships.  It was a federal prison from 1867 to 1876, garrisoned during the Spanish American War and then closed in 1903.  The fort was restored by the CCC from 1934 to 1935 and was garrisoned for the last time during WW II.

At the state park you can enjoy fishing, hiking, picnicking and swimming as well as touring the old fort.

The area is undisturbed natural beauty and is the perfect place to explore salt marches and estuaries vital to the coastal ecosystem.

Park Hours

Bathhouse Area:
November – February, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
March, April, May, September and October 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
June – August, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Swimming Area:
10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Memorial Day until Labor Day, if staffing permits

Fort Area:
March, April, May, September and October 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
June – August, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Fort, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office Hours
8 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
Closed state holidays

Directions
 
Fort Macon State Park is located in Carteret County on the eastern end of Bogue Banks. From I-95, take US 70 east to Morehead City and turn south on Atlantic Beach Causeway. Cross the bridge to Atlantic Beach and turn left on NC 58. The fort is located at the tip of the island.

Office Phone: (252) 726-3775
(252) 726-2295

Email: fort.macon@ncmail.net
 

The historic landmark at this site is the 5 sided fort constructed of brick and stone which guarded the entrance to Beaufort Harbor.  The Park is surrounded on three sides by water, the Atlantic Ocean, Beaufort Inlet and Bogue Sound.  There are 26 vaulted rooms (also called casemates) inside the fort with the outer walls an average of 4 1/2 feet thick.

This area was often under attack by unwanted sources such as Blackbeard and other infamous pirates that were known to have passed through Beaufort Inlet at will while successive wars with Spain, France and Great Britain during the Colonial Period.  Beaufort was captured and plundered by the Spanish in 1747 and again by the British in 1782.

Construction of the present fort began in 1826 following the demonstrated weakness of existing coastal defenses during the war in 1812. 

During the Civil War the fort was under the control of the Union forces who used it as a coaling station for navy ships.  It was a federal prison from 1867 to 1876, garrisoned during the Spanish American War and then closed in 1903.  The fort was restored by the CCC from 1934 to 1935 and was garrisoned for the last time during WW II.

At the state park you can enjoy fishing, hiking, picnicking and swimming as well as touring the old fort.

The area is undisturbed natural beauty and is the perfect place to explore salt marches and estuaries vital to the coastal ecosystem.

Park Hours

Bathhouse Area:
November – February, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
March, April, May, September and October 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
June – August, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Swimming Area:
10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Memorial Day until Labor Day, if staffing permits

Fort Area:
March, April, May, September and October 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
June – August, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Fort, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office Hours
8 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
Closed state holidays

Directions
 
Fort Macon State Park is located in Carteret County on the eastern end of Bogue Banks. From I-95, take US 70 east to Morehead City and turn south on Atlantic Beach Causeway. Cross the bridge to Atlantic Beach and turn left on NC 58. The fort is located at the tip of the island.

Office Phone: (252) 726-3775
(252) 726-2295

Email: fort.macon@ncmail.net

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