Fort Macon State Park »  Ecology
Beaufort Inlet is currently being dredged to deepen the channel to the Morehead City Port. The sand from this operation is being pumped onto Bogue Banks including the beach of Fort Macon. During this operation portions of Fort Macon’s beach will be closed as the contractors work their way down the island depositing the sand. We apologize for the inconvenience, and expect the work to be past our beach sometime next week if there are no unforeseen delays.
Currently (4/24/14) only the western most beach access at the bathhouse parking area is open for the public. All of the beach accesses are open at the Fort parking lot near the Coastal Education Center, but the public is reminded that swimming and wading in the inlet (East of the large rock jetty) is prohibited.
Updated: 2014-04-24 18:40:06
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While most visitors to Fort Macon spend their time at the fort or relaxing on the beach, the park is also
an excellent introduction to the varied and abundant plant and animal life of the North Carolina coast.
Explore the base of the jetty at low tide or walk the beach in search of mollusk shells washed ashore by
a storm. Sea urchins, sea stars and coral may be spotted on or under rocks or other objects in the
shallow water. Park flora includes live oak, yaupon, cedar and black locust.
Nearby natural attractions include the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area, eight miles west of Fort Macon.
With extensive maritime forests and freshwater ponds, this area is also the site of the North Carolina
Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.