Fort Pulaski National
P. O. Box 30757
Savannah, GA 31410
Explore A Turning Point in Military History
The Battle of Fort Pulaski in April 1862
marked a turning point in military history. It featured the first
significant use of rifled cannons in combat. These accurate,
long-range weapons shattered Fort Pulaski's walls from over a mile
away. After thirty-hours of bombardment, the fort surrendered. The
battle surprised military strategists worldwide, signaling the end
of masonry fortifications.
From I- 95, take exit for I-16 about 15 miles
west of Savannah. From I-16, take U.S. Highway 80 East. Follow signs
for Fort Pulaski, Tybee Island and beaches. Fort Pulaski National
Monument entrance is approximately 15 miles east of Savannah.
Things to Do
Fort Pulaski National Monument offers visitors
the chance to experience many interesting and exciting activities
year-round. Fort Pulaski itself is a large-scale outdoor exhibit.
The main structure, together with outlying works including demilune,
drawbridges, ditches, and dikes, is a fine example of historic
Indoor exhibits highlight the history of Fort
Pulaski from the fort's construction, to its eventual fall due to
advancing military technology.
Places to Go
Come enjoy Fort Pulaski National Monument's picnic grounds. Both
covered and outdoor area let you and your family sit back and relax
on beautiful Cockspur Island.
Explore Battery Hambright, built to protect the entrance of the
Savannah River in the late 19th century during the Spanish-American
John Wesley Memorial
Landing on Cockspur Island in 1736,
John Wesley is said to have preached his first sermon in the new
world nearby. Today, a monument stands to honor his passing through
Start your visit at the park visitor
center. See the park film "The Battle for Fort Pulaski,"
and learn more about Fort Pulaski through the park's displays and
Look closely for remnants of Fort
Pulaski's construction village used from the late 1820s through the
1880s. You can view the ruins of ovens, cisterns, and other
stonework dispersed along the park trails.
View the small cemetery located next
to Fort Pulaski. The final resting spot of several soldiers from the
early to mid-19th century.
We hope your visit is the experience of a
lifetime. Whatever your interest�sight�seeing, hiking, kayaking,
bicycling, exploring, history, nature study, or photography� you
will find Fort Pulaski National Monument like no other place.
Fort Pulaski offers an abundance of outdoor
activities including hiking, biking, and bird watching. Fishing is
allowed along the banks of the Savannah River on and around Cockspur
Island, including the use of the Cockspur Island Bridge after hours.
You must possess a valid fishing license issued by the State of
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy exploring
several nature trails throughout Fort Pulaski National Monument.
Selected trails include:
North Pier Trail
This trail guides visitors through a
scenic wooded environment and passes through remnants of Fort
Pulaski's original construction village. Battery Hambright, built in
the late 19th Century, and the historic north pier highlight this
1/4 mile trail.
Lighthouse Overlook Trail
The Lighthouse Overlook Trail guides
visitors along open marsh as well as a forested environment offering
views of the Savannah River, and Tybee Island. The 3/4 mile trail
also offers the island's best views of the historic Cockspur Island
Historic Dike System
Designed by Lt. Robert E. Lee, the
historic dike system allowed for tide control and drainage which
aided in the construction of Fort Pulaski. The two mile length trail
circles Fort Pulaski, offering visitors unparalleled views of
Cockspur Island and the Savannah River.
McQueens Island Rails to Trails
Located on McQueens Island at the
entrance to Fort Pulaski National Monument, this six- mile trail
follows the path of the old Tybee rail line that once connected
Savannah to the beaches of Tybee Island. The packed-gravel trail is
open to bikers, runners, and walkers.
Did You Know?
A young Robert E. Lee worked as a member of the United States Army
Corps of Engineers upon graduation from West Point, and was
instrumental in planning and preparing for the construction of Fort
Page 1 of 1