PO Box 127
2303 East Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
To contact the Friends of Fort Macon website, please click here.
Firing the Cannon
Saturday, May 25: 2013
Firing schedule: 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30
With only 389 acres, and being the 3rd smallest state park in NC, some might be surprised to find that Fort Macon is actually our second most visited state park. It is located in Carteret County, close to Atlantic Beach and on the shores on the Bogue Banks. The history of this popular park is long and varied (including a stint as a federal prison!), and after reading over the website information provided at the park link above, NC Culture decided we certainly could not be any clearer on the past, and suggest that our history buffs check the website. Here, we will focus on what the park has to offer, as it prepares for the cannon firings on Saturday, May 25th.
Although Fort Macon does not offer any camping, they do offer all the other activities usually associated with a state park. You can swim seaside, and a bathouse and refreshment stand are available thru June to Labor Day, along with trained lifeguards. It is mentioned that there are strong currents in this area, so restricting the swimming to designated areas is urged. For the inlet beaches, all swimming, surfing, and wading is restricted.
Fishing can bring you, depending on the season, black drum, flounder, bluefish, pompano, mullet, trout, and much more!
The visitor has access to roughly 1.5 miles of beach walking, and can enjoy possibly seeing some of the over 300 different bird species spotted in the park. Local plant life includes, but is not limited to, yaupon, cedar, locust, oak, and more. For a novel experience, at the eastern end of the park, you are enclosed on three sides by water: the Atlantic, Bogue Sound, and Beufort Inlet, and this area is well known for the salt marshes here.
Nearby, if you overdo it with the sun and surf, there is also the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area. Unfortunately, the website for the natural area is down at this time, but we did find this link that gives essential info and a good over-view of the area..to see the page, please click here.
Once again, we would like to express our appreciation to Jeff Pettitt Photography for the use of his wonderful pics, especially these rather intimidating cannons! Thank you, Jeff, for helping us to show off Fort Macon a little!
To view more of Jeff’s work, please click here.
To view Jeff’s Facebook page, please click here.