The Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is a 287-acre state park in the southeast tip of North Carolina, right on the beach. It was the site of a major naval conflict during the American Civil War. The area still contains a museum, the remains of Fort Fisher, and the beach pavilion, along with plenty of space to enjoy the beach and the beautiful views. In addition to its historical significance, they have plenty to enjoy for the day with your family and furry companions.
The Fort Fisher State Recreation Area has a large lagoon that is popular with windsurfers and there is also a stretch of beach that is only accessible by four-wheel drive vehicles. The beach at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is an important nesting spot for sea turtles and it is regularly patrolled and marked for nests, to ensure that they are not disturbed by vehicles.
There is also an aquarium at Pleasure Island, along with a Civil War-era historical site and a boat ramp. The Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is an excellent place to hike. Trail maps are available online. Keep your dog leashed and clean up any pet waste while visiting Fort Fisher State Recreation Area as well. Other park visitors would like to enjoy the park as well.
And bring plenty of water for yourself and your pet. The beach is open for pedestrian access 24 hours a day and extends five miles long. There is a lifeguard at the designated swim area between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Swimming is prohibited during “red flag” or severe conditions and fishing is allowed on the pedestrian and four-wheel drive beaches.
Ocean catches include bluefish, red drum, speckled trout, pompano, and Virginia mullet. The park also offers 23 picnic tables with grills, which are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no fee, and some tables are handicap accessible. If you’re looking for a beachy spot in Eastern North Carolina to enjoy the sun and sights, bring your pup and family to Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.