Fort Pulaski National Monument


In the days before the Civil War, brick forts were America's main defense against overseas enemies. In one two-day battle during the Civil War, new technology proved its superiority to brick forts. The Union army used rifled cannons to compel a surrender by Confederates inside Fort Pulaski. No one ever built a brick fort again after the battle.

Immediately after capturing the fort, Union Major General David Hunter, an ardent abolitionist, ordered the release of area slaves. Many were recruited into the Union army comprising the First South Carolina Colored Regiment. The park includes scenic marsh and uplands that support a variety of animal life characteristic of southern barrier islands. White-tailed deer, alligators, and raccoons as well as resident and migratory birds grace the landscape. Spanish moss drapes from yaupon holly bushes and vegetation includes cabbage palms, various wetland grasses, and a variety of temperate hardwood and pine trees.


Seasonality / Weather

Fort Pulaski National Monument is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Park hours may vary during the summer. Fort Pulaski National Monument is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Regular Hours:
Visitor Center open 9 a.m - 5 p.m.
Fort open 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Bridge gate closes by 5:15 PM

Summer Hours: (Memorial Day - mid-August)
Visitor Center open 9:00 AM - 6:00PM
Fort open 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Bridge gate closes by 6:45 PM

The Climate at the fort is hot and humid in summer, mild to chilly and breezy in winter with rainy periods throughout the year. Wear comfortable sportswear. Walking shoes and insect repellent are recommended.



From I- 95, take exit I-16 for 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.


The nearest airport Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport where rental car agencies are available.