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Fort Gadsden

Access for All
Accessible Parking
Beaches
Biking
Birding
Boat Tours
Camping
Concessions
Entrance Fee
Fishing
Hiking, Walking
Historic Site
Interpretive Exhibit
Lodge
Museum
Paddling
Paddling Ramp
Pavilion
Picnic
Playground
Restrooms
Shower
Swimming
Tours
Water Fountain
Wildlife Viewing
  • Apalachicola River from Fort Gadsden
  • Fort Gadsden Interpretive Center

Apalachicola National Forest Off SR 65  

Franklin County

Apalachicola Ranger District

11152 NW SR 20

Bristol, FL 32321 

850-643-2282

http://fs.usda.gov/main/apalachicola/home

Access for All
Birding
Entrance Fee
Interpretive Exhibit

The site of two successive forts, the first built during the War of 1812 by the British, and of the tragic massacre of more than 300 African-Americans who held the fort under the British flag in 1816, Fort Gadsden played an important role in Florida history. Located along the Apalachicola River, this interpretive area offers detailed information about the site and its history along with trails, river access, and a picnic area.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing

Great Florida Birding Trail

Watch for birds along the graded dirt road into the facility and along the banks of the Apalachicola River.

Bird watch on banks of Apalachicola River
Interpretive Pavilion

1 hour

Call before visiting: 850-643-2282

Fort Gadsden - trail preparation to interpretive building
Fort Gadsden - interpretive center

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