Located 17 miles east of Savannah, Georgia, Fort Pulaski National Monument makes a great daytrip destination near the coast. The 5-sided brick fort was built in 1829 along the Savannah River and named for a Polish Count who was killed-in-action during the American Revolution.
Historic fort with a moat, 1856 Cockspur Island Lighthouse
The invention of rifled cannons made forts like this (and Fort Jefferson in Florida) obsolete. Fort Pulaski was claimed by the Confederacy early during the Civil War, but it was surrendered to the Union Army in April 1862 after thirty hours of shelling from nearby Tybee Island. It has been mostly reconstructed and is safe to explore. Rifle and cannon firing demonstrations are held throughout the day inside the parade grounds.
A 0.75-mile trail leads from the fort to an overlook of Cockspur Island Lighthouse, where wading birds are often seen. Only 3 miles down the road, also check out the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum, first built in 1773, then reconstructed after the Civil War.
Fort Pulaski has 7-foot thick walls, a drawbridge, demilune (earthworks), and even a moat around its perimeter. The fort’s symmetry makes for beautiful photos, especially inside the powder magazines.
Summer, though it can be quite muggy.
$10 per person or America the Beautiful pass
All roads paved
Skidway Island State Park has a campground just outside Savannah, Georgia.
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