Fort Fisher was the largest of the earthen seacoast fortifications defending the last major open port to the Confederacy. The site boasts scenic views of the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. Approximately ten percent of Fort Fisher still stands, along with a restored palisade fence and a monument placed in 1921. All tours of the grounds begin in the visitor center. This recently renovated facility contains an audiovisual program that presents the history of the fort.