Fort Macon State Park
|Description: A Civil War fortress located on the easternmost tip on Bogue Banks island overlooking Beaufort Inlet.|
Wildlife to Watch: Excellent opportunities here to see abundant coastal wildlife: a diversity of year-round resident bird species, wintering flocks of warblers, sparrows, and other migrants, and occasional regional rarities. Terns, gulls, sanderlings, and dunlin frequent the beaches. In winter look for loons, cormorants, and mergansers in the inlet. Racerunner lizards are common in the dunes. Bottle-nosed dolphins are seen off shore in all seasons. Occasional beach nesting by sea turtles.
Special Tips: Rich abundance of invertebrate life in marshes and tidepools, including sea stars, corals and sea urchins.
Other Activities: Easy quarter-mile loop nature trail from fort parking lot. Fort open for tours year-round. Beach swimming and fishing. Bathhouse and picnic shelters.
Size: 389 acres
Closest Town: Atlantic Beach
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