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Fort Barrancas, Gulf Islands National Seashore

Taylor Road, Pensacola, FL 32508, USA

Fort Barrancas, built primarily by slave labor between 1839 and 1844, was one of four fortifications protecting Florida's Pensacola Bay and the U.S. Navy Yard from enemy attack. Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island and Fort McRee on Perdido Key guarded the channel. Fort Barrancas and its water battery, situated on a bluff facing the harbor entrance, could support their crossfire and fire shots at ships that entered the bay and harbor. Ironically, during the Civil War the Confederates briefly held Fort Barrancas and exchanged gunfire with Federal forces at Fort Pickens on November 22 and 23, 1861. According to Confederate General Braxton Bragg, "the action would rank with the heaviest bombardments in the world." In May of 1862, the Confederates withdrew to join forces elsewhere in the South and the Union forces reoccupied Fort Barrancas.


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Take Route 292 to U.S. Naval Air Station. Located on the base of Pensacola U.S. Naval Air Station at the south end of Navy Boulevard.Enter the base from Route 292 on Blue Angle Parkway or Navy Boulevard. Once onboard the base, follow the signs to Fort Barrancas which is located on Taylor Road .5 mile from the Naval Air Museum.

Visitor Services

Restrooms, limited handicapped access, gift shop and picnic area.

Regular Events

Daily ranger-guided tours of the fort at 2:00pm and ranger-guided tours of the nearby Advanced Redoubt on Saturdays at 11:00am.

Available Interpretation

Self-guided tours, tours guided by rangers

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Admission Fee



March - October: 9:30AM - 4:45PM November - February: 8:30AM - 3:45PM



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