Visitor Center and Exhibit Gallery
From Interstate 40 take College Road (State Road 132) south through Wilmington to U.S. 421. Take U.S. 421 south through Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Fort Fisher is on the right just south of Kure Beach.
From Southport take the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry. This thirty-minute ride takes you to the end of Federal Point. Take U.S. 421 north for two miles; Fort Fisher is on the left.
- Historic Structures
- Less than ten percent of the earthen fortification remains. Approximately 180 yards of the land face exists on the river side of U.S. 421 and seventy-five yards of the land face exists on the ocean side. The partial remains of Battery Buchanan are at the southern end of Federal Point (just south of the ferry landing).
- Visitor Center
- A ten-minute audiovisual program tells the story of Fort Fisher.
- Trails, Monuments, Outdoor Exhibits
- The tour trail is approximately one-quarter-mile long and encircles the remains of the fort on the river side of the highway. Exhibit panels containing photos and text are located at many locations along the tour trail. A restored gun emplacement is located on top of one of the batteries. Battle Acre, a monument to Confederate dead, is located on the ocean side of U.S. 421. A pavilion located at the northern end of the parking lot houses a display on underwater archaeology.
- Handicapped Accessibility
- The visitor center and rest rooms are fully accessible. The tour trail is also accessible with assistance, but the restored gun emplacement is not.
- Picnic Facilities
- Gift Shop
- The gift shop features flags, books, CDs, T-shirts, and many other unique items related to Fort Fisher and the Civil War.
Programs, Group Activities
Souvenir Booklet, Visitor Center Groundbreaking Ceremony, August 24, 1963
At scheduled times throughout the year, costumed guided tours tell the story of the Confederate artillerists and U.S. infantrymen. Guides teach participants the "drill" with wooden rifles. Participants also learn the artillery drill (non-firing) on a bronze 12-pounder gun. Staff and volunteers also fire the 12-pounder throughout the year.
Guided Tours: Special tours are offered at scheduled times. We ask that groups make reservations in advance.
No admission fees. There is a suggested donation at some special events.