If you’re looking for a place that offers the outdoors and has a historical edge to it, then this is just the place for you. One of the most popular parks of North Carolina, Fort Macon State Park is named after Fort Macon – a five-sided fort was originally built in the 1826-1834 period for the purpose of guarding the Beaufort Harbor’s entrance.
The state park, in addition to showcasing some of the best military architecture of the 19th century, also offers sandy beaches, trails and scenic views.
History buffs will definitely not be disappointed here – Civil War reenactments are held during the summer, while guided tours are held throughout the year. There are also several extensive exhibits – both indoors and outdoors, as well as a museum-grade coastal education center.
Outdoor enthusiasts will not be disappointed either – the park offers several outdoor activities such as picnicking, biking, hiking, and fishing. Visitors – especially children – should definitely check out the Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.
Address: 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512