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Our Mission:

The Friends of Fort Macon is a park action committee supporting Fort Macon State Park. Our goals are to assist with preserving the fort and the natural beauty of this historic and ecologically significant location on eastern Bogue Banks.

Welcome to The Friends of Fort Macon. In times of diminishing state budgets, The Friends of Fort Macon is an energetic and dedicated organization supplying desperately needed funding for historic Fort Macon. Within the last years, The Friends of Fort Macon have provided funding to refurbish hiking trails, offered free family-friendly entertainment, partnered with the State of North Carolina to secured both Civil War and WW II period cannons, offered educational site tours, and assisted with the purchase of historic artifacts. This has all been accomplished with the support of individuals like you who recognize the significance of Fort Macon State Park and cherish this natural habitat for nesting sea turtles, migrating birds, and other wildlife found along on Bogue Banks.


However, as of May 16th, the trails and beach are open. The Fort and Visitor’s Center are still closed at this time.

Say yes to exploring!

Fort Macon is waiting for you! There is plenty of history to learn about and sights to see while you visit with us here at Fort Macon State Park.

  • Restored historic Fort Macon guarding Beaufort Inlet
  • WWII Coastal Defense exhibit with a Model 1917 155mm GPF cannon similar to those in place to guard against German U-boat invasions during WW II
  • Beautiful nature trails
  • A Coastal Education and Visitor Center with book store
  • Free parking in two large lots
  • Lifeguards on duty seasonally
  • A beautiful bathhouse/snack bar and covered picnic areas
  • Educational programs for all ages
  • Bird walks and stargazing nights
  • Year-round surf fishing
  • Family-friendly free activities sponsored by The Friends of Fort Macon

Fort Macon is waiting for you!

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