Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
50.00 ft (15.24 m)
Trail type
1.40 mi (2.25 km)
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The hike to the picnic grounds at Fort Pulaski National Monument covers a 1.4 mile round trip mostly paved path to a quiet area away from the popular fort.

Beginning at the park Visitor Center, the trail is often overlooked by visitors who head to the main fort and then leave shortly afterward. This easy trail follows a well signed mostly paved path past a couple of the monument's other scenic historic areas. Notably, the site of the village, which can be seen adjacent to the parking area, though now there are only a couple brick cisterns remaining, and Battery Hambright, which was built in the late 19th century. Just beyond Battery Hambright is the north pier which once acted as the main landing dock for the fort and Cockspur Island.

Beyond the battery, the path weaves beneath stands of trees until it emerges in a clearing, just beyond which lies the picnic grounds - several shaded and uncovered tables, as well as a bathroom.

At less than 3/4 of a mile from the Visitor Center, the hike is family friendly and leads to a nice environment for a snack. You'll also likely have the area to yourself.

The land beyond the picnic area is park staff buildings, so there's not too much exploring to do around the area, however the land around Battery Hambright tends to have a few park features that are worth checking out on their own.

Return the way you came back to the Visitor Center.

The Picnic Area Trail is subject to all rules and entrance fees of the National Monument.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Admission Fee

Open Year-round



Historical features along the hike. Few crowds.

Trailhead Elevation

10.00 ft (3.05 m)

Highest point

45.00 ft (13.72 m)


ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Near lake or river
Historically significant
Flushing toilets
Family friendly
Potable water

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping


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