Fort Fisher — Hermit Trail

Kure Beach, North Carolina

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The Fort Fisher Hermit Trail, also known as the Basin Trail, is one of those trails you wouldn’t find unless a friend told you about it (or you discovered it in a good guidebook). It begins inconspicuously on the south side of the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area visitor center and bathhouse, then passes through a thicket of yaupon, a shrubby evergreen common in dune swales, and wax myrtle. From first impressions, you might think you’re entering a maritime forest. You aren’t. Momentarily, you’re spit out into a dune environment where the only plants you’re likely to see for a while are sea oats and cordgrass.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

The Fort Fisher Hermit Trail, also known as the Basin Trail, is one of those trails you wouldn’t find unless a friend told you about it (or you discovered it in a good guidebook).

It begins inconspicuously on the south side of the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area visitor center and bathhouse, then passes through a thicket of yaupon, a shrubby evergreen common in dune swales, and wax myrtle. From first impressions, you might think you’re entering a maritime forest. You aren’t. Momentarily, you’re spit out into a dune environment where the only plants you’re likely to see for a while are sea oats and cordgrass.

©  Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kure Beach
Distance: 2.2
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Season: Best in Winter
Driving Directions: Directions to Fort Fisher — Hermit Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/30/2009
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10/19/2008
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Very pleasant quick jaunt. Easy and flat. Lots of tidal birds and deer tracks. The WWII bunker/hermit home was fascinating. Nice hike to take if you get to the Southport/Ft. Fisher a little early and have about an hour or so to wait.


8/26/2008
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Nice trail beautiful actually. You can walk the ocean and just stare into the distance. I really enjoyed it.



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