Civil War Fort Howell

Hilton Head Island South Carolina

Located near historic Mitchelville on Beach City Road and Dillon Roads.  Listed on the National Register of Historic places in 2011, the site is open to the public with a walking trail free of charge.  There are not any structures left but the site has information boards along the way telling the story of this fort built by the Union soldiers in 1864.

Fort Howell
Fort Howell-South Carolina

The flag is a replica of one of the Union flags from this time period.


The trail is clearly marked and metal art figures along the way tell the stories of folks during this war- time era.






This walk is for the outdoors person. The trail takes you in the woods and since you are on an island surrounded by water,  mosquitos and other critters will be hanging around.

Bug spray is very recommended 🙂


Here are the Historical Markers placed at the site:


After your tour you will be ordered “at ease”since this Fort did not see any raids or action  from the Confederate forces.


Hilton Head Island South Carolina is rich in history.  Along with its great beaches, golf courses, wildlife, and scenery it is noted as one of the most popular year-round vacation destinations in the United States.  Voted by Travel and Leisure magazine in 2018 as the number one island on the continental US for the third year.

For more walks and to view some beautiful scenery visit:

Jo’s Monday Walk




5 thoughts

  1. I’m glad it never saw action, Alice. So much wasted life, and divided families. Now there’s just the bugs to hate 🙂 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  2. I’ll check it out this October, when I go back there. How interesting!

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