Tiny But Mighty, The Smallest State Park In North Carolina Is A Hidden Gem Worth Exploring

Care to guess which park is the smallest state park in North Carolina? Of the 41 state parks and recreation areas in North Carolina, the smallest park encompasses 424 acres and is located on Bogue Banks just east of Atlantic Beach. Incidentally, it was also the very first operational state park in North Carolina, vying closely for that title with Mount Mitchell State Park which was named a state park property first but actually opened just after the smallest park opened. Still wondering?

Fort Macon State Park, the smallest state park in North Carolina, is open year-round. Admission is generally free, unless there is a planned event at the park. At one time, Fort Macon was also the most visited state park in the system. Today, that most visited park is 3.5 hours to the northeast: Jockey’s Ridge State Park, which has the tallest living sand dune on the east coast of America.

Address: Fort Macon State Park, 2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512, USA