Fort Macon State Park

Located on the east end of Bogue Banks near Atlantic Beach in Cape Carteret County, Fort Macon was originally constructed beginning in 1826 and continued through 1834. Today In 1936, the fort was turned over to the state of North Carolina as a state park. Fort Macon attracts over 1.3 million visitors per year (most visited park in N.C.), very much mirrors the fort of 1834. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. the pentagon-shaped fortress was the military home to General Robert E. Lee when he was a young Army officer.

History Lives Here

Fort Macon has been the scene of numerous significant battles including a Civil War battle when it was occupied by Confederate troops. Coming under severe artillery attack from March 23 – April 26, 1862, Confederate troops surrendered to the continuous bombardment of the Union troops, and the Northern forces took complete control of the fort and the entire North Carolina coast. Fort Macon was to be re-garrisoned during the Spanish-American War and again during World War II.

What You Will Find at Fort Macon State Park

More than just a restored fortress, Fort Macon offers visitors many interesting amenities including fishing on the sound and oceanfront, guided tours by Park Rangers, a bathhouse, nature trails, and a protected swim area with staffed life guard. All amenities are free except for the bathhouse. Open year round, there is no admission to the park and parking is free as well. During the off-season no life guard is on duty therefore swimmers must swim at their own risk. Public restrooms are open year round. The refreshment stand, and bathhouse are closed in the off-season.

United States Coast Guard is Stationed at Fort Macon

Located on the sound side of the park, the United States Coast Guard Station at Fort Macon is surrounded by the fort. The Coast Guard Station gate is located directly across from the park office and barracks. From this location visitors can view the six Coast Guard Cutters stationed at the fort. Fort Macon is a not to be missed Atlantic Beach attraction and worthy of your visit.