Fort Mcallister State Park
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Introduction

Nestled among the giant live oaks, Spanish moss, and salt marsh of Richmond Hill, Georgia, Fort McAllister State Park offers you a beautiful location for your RV vacation. This park is home to the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy and offers you a chance to explore the grounds covered with cannons, bombproof barracks, a furnace, and a civil war museum with abundant artifacts. Located on the banks of Ogeechee River, this 1,725-acre state park has a beautiful setting for camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking, biking, and boating.

Fort McAllister State Park has over four miles of diverse and scenic hiking trails for you to explore. There are designated biking trails and bike rental services are available at the park. The park has a large picnic area that offers river views and playgrounds. A boat ramp provides access to the Ogeechee River. Anglers can enjoy fly fishing, bass fishing, and trout fishing at the park. Fort McAllister State Park has a shaded campground bordered by tidal Redbird Creek, nature trail, a fishing dock, and a boat ramp. There are seven cabins lying on stilts close to the marsh, surrounded by palmettos and palm trees.

Educational programs at the park will offer you with an opportunity to learn about the American Civil War, soldier life, medicine, craft, and more from staff historians. Reservations can also be made for self-guided programs by calling the park office.

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Transportation in Fort Mcallister State Park

Driving

Fort McAllister State Park is easy to access by RV or car since it is roughly 10 miles south of Savannah, Georgia. The park is located near Keller and Richmond Hill in South Bryan County and on the south bank of the Ogeechee River.

A park pass is required for all vehicles. Roads within the park are wide and well laid out and can be accessed by large rigs. These roads will lead you anywhere you want within the park, from the entrance to the campgrounds to the gift shop, the fort, the trailheads, and the museum.

There are several options for parking RVs and trailers. The parking spots are well positioned to ensure that they do not interfere with any traffic either. If you are staying for the night, you can park at your destined campsite. The parking spaces are ADA accessible and there are minimal driving restrictions for RVs and cars within the park so you can drive to different recreational spots with much ease.

Hiking and biking trails within Fort McAllister State Park are numerous but well paved. They are well interconnected to allow you access to the park features.

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Campgrounds and parking in Fort Mcallister State Park

Campsites in Fort Mcallister State Park

Reservations camping

Savannah South KOA

Located near beautiful Savannah and its historic district, the Savannah South KOA provides a peaceful rest from a day in the city or the nearby Hilton Head islands. The campground’s 35-acre lake is a popular stop for local wildlife and grants prime bird-watching opportunities. Beautiful, shaded pull-through and back-in sites are available right on the lakefront. No license is required to fish, so bring the best bait and a pole! Kids of all ages enjoy the seasonal swimming pool and boat rentals. There’s even a tour shuttle so guests can sit back and relax and enjoy all the sites of this historic area. Wi-Fi and cable TV are included, and the clean restrooms, hot showers and laundry facilities will help guests feel right at home.

RV Campsites

Fort McAllister State Park has 67 RV campsites, all of which are premium electric sites. Some even offer full hookups. You'll find a fire ring, grill, and picnic table right at your site. These sites can accommodate up to six people per site, and pets are also allowed. Restrooms, showers, and a laundry facility are all available so you can stay feeling clean for the entirety of your visit. Enjoy time on the playground and even take the whole family out for a picnic near the campground. The possibilities for fun are endless. Just don’t forget to grab a park pass on your way into the campground. Reservations can be made up to 13 months in advance.

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Seasonal activities in Fort Mcallister State Park

In-Season

Fishing

Fort McAllister State Park is a great recreational location for anglers to bring their fishing gear and head down the Ogeechee River. There is a 150-foot long fishing pier on the Ogeechee River off to your left side as you enter the park, plus two ramps from which you can launch your boat. The main public ramp is the one on Ogeechee River and the other is at the campground. Chartered fishing trips out of Fort McAllister are also available. You will enjoy bass, fly, and trout fishing.

Boating

If you are a boat lover, Fort McAllister State Park is your ideal vacation home. Ogeechee Rivers offers you a quiet place to stop and float while you relax. The park has rental services for kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. You can call the park office to check on their availability. There are two boat ramps available at the park; one on Ogeechee River and the other on Redbird Creek are available for launching boats and other vessels. There is also a dock on Redbird Creek.

Hiking

If you enjoy the outdoors on foot, Fort McAllister State Park will be ideal for you. The park has over four miles of trails for you to hike on. The hiking trails are diverse and scenic to allow you to explore the historic features of the park. The Redbird Creek Trail is beautiful as it weaves through a relatively open area before crossing a bridge. The shorter Magnolia Trail has a few nice spots to deviate and look at the water.

Off-Season

Checking out the Visitor Center

Fort McAllister State Park allows you to take self-guided tours of the restored earthwork fort – the best-preserved earth fortification in the south, with outdoor exhibits including cannons, barracks, Palisades and other fort structures. Historical programs are available. They include guided tours of the fort or talks on topics like historic weapons, soldier life, and nature and wildlife. Civil war programs are also given at Fort McAllister State Park by the port staff. You may call the fort staff to learn about the program's schedule.

Attending Fort Tours

Fort McAllister State Park allows you to take self-guided tours of the restored earthwork fort – the best-preserved earth fortification in the south, with outdoor exhibits including cannons, barracks, Palisades and other fort structures. Historical programs are available. They include guided tours of the fort or talks on topics like historic weapons, soldier life, and nature and wildlife. Civil war programs are also given at Fort McAllister State Park by the port staff. You may call the fort staff to learn about the program's schedule.

Birding

One of the most exciting things to do at Fort McAllister is to observe nature all around you. The park's natural habitat ensures seasonal wildlife viewing that never fails to fascinate and entertain. This is evident when it comes to the number of different bird species you can spot at the park. The park contains a mix of saltmarsh and forested habitats that allow naturalists to have views of songbirds, wading birds, and waterfowl. Remember to carry binoculars in your campervan. You can look for northern harriers winging low over the marsh in winter or migrating warblers during spring.

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