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Hammocks Beach State Park
State park on an undeveloped barrier island 3.5 miles long. Large mobile sand dunes up to sixty feet high cover island’s maritime forests.
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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.

Ownership: NCDPR 
Size: 389 acres 
Closest Town: Atlantic Beach

RestroomsParkingFishingHikingPicnic tablesHandicap AccessibleDrinking WaterSwimming

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Red Sea Urchin - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
Take Atlantic Beach bridge south from U.S. 70 in Morehead City. On Bogue Banks Island turn east on SR 1190 in Atlantic Beach; entrance on eastern end of the island.

For more information call (919) 762-3775.

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Fort Macon State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area