Fort Barrancas is a fortification system comprising three forts and a redoubt, and it is located in the Gulf Islands National Seashore. It was built during the years 1839-1844 on the site of an 18th century Spanish fortification and was used during the American Civil War before being decommissioned in 1947. The fort is on the Pensacola Naval Air Station, and a valid U.S. driver’s licence is required to enter. Administered by the National Park System, Fort Barrancas has a visitor’s center with interesting historical displays and artifacts, restrooms, and a bookstore. The fort can be explored on your own, or you can join a ranger-led tour around the grounds. The fort has hiking trails with picnic areas stationed around the park.
Address: 280 Taylor Road, Pensacola, FL 32508, Phone: 850-452-0111 Photo: Cheryl Casey/Fotolia
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