• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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    The museum, restrooms, bookstore, and top level of Fort Sumter are only accessible by climbing stairs. For more information, visit the link below or please call (843) 883-3123. More »

Directions

Map of the Charleston area highlighting National Park sites.
This map indicates the locations of the National Park sites in the Charleston area. Please note that while some boats to Fort Sumter do leave from Patriots Point, that site is not administered by the National Park Service.
 

Use the links on the left for directions to Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie, and for tips on using your GPS to find our sites.

 

Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Do you plan to travel to the park in an alternative fuel vehicle? If so, good for you! Your actions help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce petroleum use. Plan your trip with the Alternative Fueling Station Locator from the Department of Energy. Use ZIP code 29482 to find stations nearby.

Did You Know?

Artist's rendition of the opening shot of the American Civil War with Fort Sumter in the distance.

The first shot of the American Civil War didn't hit anything. It was a 10-inch mortar shell, fired from Fort Johnson, that exploded above Fort Sumter as a signal for Confederate artillery to open fire on the Union-held fort. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC