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Fort Macon State Park

2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512, USA

Construction on this "Third System" brick fort began in 1826 to guard Beaufort Inlet and Beaufort Harbor, North Carolina's only major deepwater ocean port. The fort was then garrisoned in 1834 and named after U.S. Senator Nathaniel Macon. On April 14, 1861, local militia seized the fort for the state of North Carolina and the Confederacy. Union forces under Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside recaptured the fort in 1862. For the duration of the war, the fort protected ships recoaling in Beaufort.


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From I-40 or I-95 take Highway 70 east to Morehead City. Turn off Highway 70 onto the Atlantic Beach Bridge; follow road to stoplight at Route 58 and turn left onto 58 South. Park is at the end of the road.

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms and showers, information, gift shop, museum, trails, swimming area, concession stand

Regular Events

April, July, September: Civil War Reenactments, Summer concerts

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Admission Fee

Free, donations accepted


Daily: 9:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M. Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00A.M. - 1:00P.M. and 2:00P.M. - 5:00P.M.



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