Fishing Villages and Fort Macon
Trip Start Apr 06, 2014
28Trip End Apr 20, 2014
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After a walk through Main Street shops, I visited the North Carolina Maritime Museum with displays on coastal cultures, maritime history, seafood history, and life-saving stations
Two bridges west and south of Beaufort is Fort Macon State Park, located on a barrier island at the Beaufort Inlet allowing ships access to the Atlantic. The brick fort was built in 1826 and was the site of action and occupation during the Civil War. The site was also used during WWII as a deterrent to German U-boats who preyed on U.S. ships in the area. Not too many tourists around so I had a private tour by a park volunteer. The park also provided access to the Atlantic from the other side of the island. Sandy beach, work in progress to stabilize the beach with huge metal cylinders.
The weather was threatening and I headed back to the campground by early evening. Thunderstorms, wind all night but the ground is sandy so no flooding here.