In the early 1700s Fort King George was the southernmost outpost of the British Empire in North America. It was built to guard the Altamaha River from the Spanish in the south and the French in the west. It was abandoned in 1727 after only six years with two men left behind as patrols.
The 1721 fort, with a blockhouse, barracks, outbuildings, moat and palisade fence, has been reconstructed on the original location. Also included on the park grounds are a short nature trail, informative signs about the sawmills that operated in the area for over 100 years and a reconstruction of a Scottish settler’s cabin. The visitor center has a short movie. Artifacts uncovered from an archeological dig show evidence of Native Americans, a Spanish mission and the fort occupying the same piece of ground at different times.
The visitor center is accessible. The trail to the fort is gravel, slightly difficult to push along. The interior of the fort is hard packed with short grass. Most of the buildings have steps but it’s possible to peek inside. The blockhouse has a long staircase. The nature trail and the trail to the settler’s cabin are rough with exposed roots.
RVs can park parallel to the street outside the park entrance. Do not enter the park as there may not be room to turn around. Fort