Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area features six miles of beautiful beaches and multiple winding trails through salt marshes. The park is teeming with wildlife, creating unique viewing opportunities, including the chance to see loggerhead sea turtles and a variety of birds.
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is a preferred destination for surf fishing and a range of paddle sports. Additionally, four-wheel-drive vehicles are allowed into the park seasonally, as long as you have the proper permit, and there is a boat launch nearby.
Swimming is also a popular activity at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, especially when the temperatures rise in the summer. The comfortable water temperatures are an excellent way to cool off during the heat of the day and, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, lifeguards are on duty.
For added convenience, beach wheelchairs are available on a first come, first serve basis between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm at the visitor center office. You will also find picnic tables dotting the beach and surrounding area, many of which have grills and a few that are handicap accessible.
If you decide to fish during your visit, you will need the proper license. It is also important that you not leave any scraps on the beach, as the area is dealing with a nest predator problem and food or fish waste attract them to the park, putting threatened and endangered species at risk.
Visitors who bring their dogs must keep their pets on a leash that is no longer than six feet at all times. This ensures that your pooch remains under your full control, giving you the ability to steer them away from other parkgoers and wildlife as well as keep them safe.
You also need to remove any pet waste during your stay. Not only is this polite, but it also helps keep the area clean.