Site of Civil War’s largest Amphibious (Land and Water) Battle, the remaining portion of the gigantic Fort Fisher earthworks, along with a restored palisade fence and impressive seacoast gun, sits near the Visitors Center. The fully accessible Visitors Center & Gift Shop includes a video, exhibits, and artifacts recovered from sunken ships. A scenic trail, shaded by gnarled live oaks, leads past the earthworks, around to the rear of the fort remains.
Battle Acre Monument to Civil War Soldiers, with separate walking trail and two oceanfront gazebos, is located across U.S. Highway 421 from the Visitors Center along the oceanfront. The remains of the blockade runner, Condor, are about 700 yards off the beach.
And from the beach, stargazers can enjoy an unimpeded view of the sky, with moderate light pollution coming from the nearby town of Wilmington.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!