Fort Moultrie National Monument

Fort Moultrie's history covers 171 years of seacoast defense, including the first decisive victory in the American Revolution and firing onto Fort Sumter during the first battle of the Civil War. The third Fort Moultrie, built in 1809, stands today. By touring the fort, visitors can see how coastal defenses have evolved.

General Information

The park is most crowded in April and July; lowest in December and January. Summers are hot and humid; winters, mild. The park is open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; closed Christmas.

To reach the park from Charleston take US-17, north, to Mt. Pleasant and turnright onto SC-703. At Sullivan's Island, turn right on Middle St; the fort is 1.5 miles from that intersection. SC-703 can also be reached from US I 26, US I-526, which lead to US-17. Charleston is served by an international airport, bus and train stations. There is no transportation within the park.

Reservations needed for school groups and other educational groups. Special Use permits approved on individual basis by calling (803) 883-3123.


Visitor Center: The Visitor Center contains museum exhibits and interactive video. Every hour and one-half hour a 22 minute orientation film is shown in the visitor center. Ranger programs are given at various times. Call for more information (803) 883-3123.

Trails, Roads: Interpretive signs are posted throughout the fort. By using these signs and the park brochure, visitors guide themselves through the fort travelling back in time from World War II to the American Revolution.

Lodging and camping facilities: None in park.

Food/supplies: None available at the fort. There are several convenience stores on Sullivan's Island. A bookstore operated by Eastern National Park & Monument Association is located in the visitor center.

Accessibility: The visitor center and the majority of the fort is accessible by wheelchair. A wheelchair is available at the visitor center.

Special Programs: April 12 and 13, and June 28. For more information call (803) 883-3123.

Nearby Towns and Attractions

Fort Sumter and the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site.

c/o Fort Sumter National Monument
1214 Middle St.
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
(803) 883-3123

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 13 Sep 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


Sign up to Away's Travel Insider

Preview newsletter »