Fort Sumter Elevators Out Of Service
The elevators at Fort Sumter are out of service until further notice. Disabled visitors departing from Liberty Square will have access to restrooms on board the ferry boat while at Fort Sumter. For more information, please call (843) 883-3123.
Fort Sumter Ferry
A ramp system makes access a reality for all who visit Fort Sumter by ferry from the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center in downtown Charleston. Even motorized wheelchairs are no longer a barrier.
While this system offers full accessibility like never before possible, there may be times when routine maintenance, unexpected repairs or adverse conditions render the system unavailable. To ensure that your visit will be fully accessible, we recommend that you contact the concessioner on the day of your visit.
The ferry departing from Patriots Point is not fully accessible. However, recent improvements in the dock system have greatly increased their ability to accommodate disabled visitors.
Inside Fort Sumter
Elevators inside Fort Sumter give disabled visitors access to all levels of the fort. See a ranger when you arrive on site if you need to use the elevators.
There may be times when one or more elevator is unavailable due to routine maintenance or when unexpected repairs are needed. To ensure that your visit will be fully accessible, we recommend that you call ahead on the day of your visit to park headquarters at (843) 883-3123 x 10.
A majority of the visitor center and fort are accessible by wheelchair. A wheelchair is available at no cost and can be checked out at the visitor center.
Park Headquarters is fully accessible.
Did You Know?
On April 14, 1865, Maj. Gen. Robert Anderson came out of retirement to re-raise the same U.S. flag over Fort Sumter that he had lowered in surrender four years earlier. This flag is now on exhibit at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC