Self-Guided Bike Tour

Carolina Beach Bike Tour

This self-guided bicycle tour begins at the Beach Landing, which was used as a landing spot for Union troops in 1865. Other stops on this tour include Carolina Beach Elementary School, the Kure Beach Post Office, the Fort Fisher Civil War Site, and the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point.

This self-guided bike tour, starting from our location at Carolina Beach, gives riders the opportunity to visit and learn about some important Civil War sites, among other historic sites at Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher. Ride along some of the same routes that U.S. Civil War troops used more than 100 years ago.

Stops include the Beach Landing, which was used as a landing spot for Union troops in 1865, Carolina Beach Elementary School, the site of the Carolina Beach Hotel Fire in 1928, the Kure Beach Post Office, where Union troops defended their position in 1865, the Fort Fisher Civil War Site, Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, home of the largest ammunition port in the nation, and many more.

Starting at $17

Skill Level

Approx. Time

3 - 4 hours total

Carolina Beach Self Guided Bike Tour
Fort Fisher Hermit

The renowned Fort Fisher Hermit (62 year old Robert E. Harrill) lived in this WWII bunker for 17 years, from 1955 until 1972. The “Hermit” lived off the land, eating seafood he could catch and whatever he was able to grow.

Pier in Carolina Beach, NC
Fort Fisher Civil War Site

Construction on Fort Fisher began in 1861, to help protect the port of Wilmington 19 miles up the Cape Fear River. By 1864, Wilmington was the last Atlantic port open to trade with the outside world and the role of Fort Fisher in the war became crucial. Two battles were fought at Fort Fisher, in 1864 and 1865. During the second battle the fort was captured by Union naval and army forces – only three months later, the Civil War was over.

Carolina Beach Hotel Fire

Your next stop is at Carolina Beach Elementary School. A hotel opened on this spot in June of 1926. It included a dining room, ballroom, and 100 guest rooms. It was touted as a great new addition to the beach. It stayed open for two seasons and burned to the ground in September of 1928. The owners had to be rescued from the roof. By November, after extensive investigation, they were both arrested and indicted on charges of arson. These arsonists are often used as an example of how difficult it can be to make a living here at the beach.

Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU)

While at the Fort, you can look out across the Cape Fear River and see several large cranes. The cranes support the largest ammunition port in the nation. Encompassing 16,000 acres of land, this unique port is one of only a few “container” ammunition ports where munitions arrive via truck or train. The port was responsible for supplying 90% of munitions used during Operation Desert Storm/Shield – they had to unload over 27,000 rail cars. Due to the sensitive nature of the facility, much of the island is technically in a federally designated “blast zone.”

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  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks, or cash for lunch

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Tour FAQs

What's included on my tour?

Our self-guided tours include your choice of bicycle, a route map with all the great points of interest and historic facts about the area, a helmet, bike bag or basket, and a bike lock. Plus, our rental clerks are happy to help you select the perfect bike for your adventure.

What do I need to bring?

We have your ride and route covered - so all you need to bring are comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, and your camera. And don't forget to bring some cash for lunch or a snack along the way! Bike bags/baskets are provided on all bikes for easy storage of items.

How long is the tour?

While on one of our self-guided tours, you can expect to be out exploring for 3 to 4 hours. This includes approximately 2 hours of riding time and 1 to 2 hours for lunch, shopping, photo opts, and exploring the area.

I want to take the tour...

You've made a great choice! We have plenty of bikes available, so no need to call, just come by. When you arrive, mention the bike tour. Our fantastic staff will ensure that you have everything you need. We don't take reservations, so please stop by our location.

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