Fort Pulaski National Monument
US Highway 80 East
Tel: (912) 786-5787
Fort Pulaski - A Turning Point in Military History
Let Fort Pulaski awe and inspire! Follow in the footsteps of great engineering minds, fearless leaders, and the Union and Confederate soldiers who fought for control of this massive fortress. Plan your visit today, and experience America through Fort Pulaski National Monument!
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 military architecture. Guided tours are provided.
The Battle for 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.
Places To Go
Come enjoy Fort Pulaski's large picnic grounds. Covered and outdoor settings let you and your family sit back and relax on scenic Cockspur Island.
Historic North Pier
Visit the historic North Pier where long ago countless materials and goods were brought to construct and later supply Fort Pulaski. Enjoy excellent views of the Savannah River while watching the passing ships.
Explore Battery Hambright, built to protect the entrance of the Savannah River in the late 19th century during the Spanish-American War.
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 Cockspur Island.
Cockspur Island Lighthouse
The small beacon, ca. 1856, situated on an islet on the southeastern tip of Cockspur Island, survived Union bombardment of Fort Pulaski in 1862. The tower was later decommisioned in 1909 and is now part of Fort Pulaski National Monument.
Fort Pulaski offers an abundance of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, walking trails, self-guided fort tours, as well as bird watching, and fishing.
Fishing is allowed along the banks of the Savannah River and Cockspur Island, including the use of the Cockspur Island Bridge after the park closes. You must possess a valid fishing license issued by the State of Georgia.
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy exploring numerous 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.
The Lighthouse Trail guides visitors along open marsh as well as a forested environment offering views of the Savannah River, Tybee Island, and back towards Fort Pulaski. The 3/4 mile trail also offers the island's best views of the historic Cockspur Lighthouse.
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.
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.
Information and pictures "Courtesy of the National Park Service."