(Last Updated On: December 13, 2022)

marshes at Fort Mose Historic State Park

Take a step back in time to the early 1700s as you explore this National Historic Landmark in St Augustine, Florida. Fort Mose Historic State Park serves to protect the site of a former Spanish fort and early sanctuary for freed slaves.

This picturesque coastal Florida state park features picnic areas, a visitor center and museum, a kayak launch and a 700 foot boardwalk and observation deck. Guests enjoy bird watching, kayaking, picnicking and learning more about the history of this important site.

Activities

A visit to St. Augustine would not be complete without a stop at Fort Mose Historic State Park. History buffs, nature lovers and bird enthusiasts especially enjoy discovering this serene coastal park.

Pack a picnic lunch and head over for a few hours. The park’s boardwalk and observation deck allow visitors to get up close to the beautiful clear water that surrounds the park. From there the views are spectacular.

Fort Mose’s towering oaks and pines and coastal background create a picture perfect spot for weddings and other special occasions. And the park’s closeness to downtown St. Augustine means there’s no shortage of things to do – dining, shopping, entertainment and more historical sites.

boardwalk through the trees at Fort Mose Historic State Park

Here are some of the activities that you can do during your visit to Fort Mose Historic State Park:

History of Fort Mose Historic State Park

Fort Mose Historic State Park is home to the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in the country, and the first stop of the famous Underground Railroad. Visit this unique park to learn more about these brave souls who risked their lives to become free from slavery during the early 1700s.

The museum features interactive displays, artifacts, maps and movies that tell the story of this country’s first legally sanctioned free African settlement that once existed here.

Boating at Fort Mose Historic State Park

Kayak or canoe along the coastline at Fort Mose Historic State Park. The floating boardwalk may be used to launch canoes and kayaks. Boat landings elsewhere in the park are prohibited due to tidal fluctuations and large oyster beds.

Hiking at Fort Mose Historic State Park

Walk along the 700 foot boardwalk that extends across the marshland and out to an observation deck with gorgeous views of the park. This boardwalk offers stunning views of sea life, birds and the surrounding area.

For more hiking opportunities head over to nearby Anastasia State Park or Faver-Dykes State Park. Anastasia State Park’s trails flow through the ancient sand dunes and along the banks of Salt Run. And Faver-Dykes State Park’s trails wind through longleaf pines, saw palmettos and oaks. Both parks offer guests spectacular views of wildlife, wildflowers and nature all around.

Birding at Fort Mose Historic State Park

Bird watching is popular at Fort Mose Historic State Park. As you’re walking among the live oaks and along the boardwalk and observation deck over the marsh you may glimpse Marsh Wrens, Green Herons, Great Blue Heron, Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, bald eagles, Common Yellowthroat, Red-bellied Woodpeckers and ibis.

Kingfisher with a fish in its mouth at Fort Mose Historic State Park

Nature and Wildlife at Fort Mose Historic State Park

Visitors are treated to amazing views of nature and wildlife along two boardwalks and throughout the park. Some you may see include white-tailed deer, bobcats, river otters, birds, fish, alligators, snakes, raccoons and sea turtles.

Pets at Fort Mose Historic State Park

Well behaved pets are allowed at Fort Mose Historic State Park as long as they are supervised and kept on a hand held leash no longer than 6 feet. Pets are not permitted inside park buildings.

aerial photograph of Fort Mose Historic State Park

Camping Near Fort Mose Historic State Park

After spending a relaxing day visiting Fort Mose Historic State Park, drive over to one of these nearby state parks and check in for the night.

  • Faver-Dykes State Park has shaded campsites with electric and water hookups, a picnic table, grill and a fire ring. And a primitive youth camping area, for groups of up to 50, that has a fire circle and a pit toilet.
  • Anastasia State Park features 139 campsites for RVs and tents within walking distance to the beach area. Each of these campsites has electric and water hookups, a picnic table, fire ring and grill.

Park Location

Fort Mose Historic State Park
15 Fort Mose Trail
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904.823.2232

Park Website

Map

Video

Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Fort Mose Historic State Park: