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There is a ferry that operates between Fort Morgan and Dauphin Island on the other side of the bay. When we visited Fort Morgan, it was not yet back in operation after the hurricanes of 2005, although the pier looked like it had been reconstructed. The ferry was running when we visited Dauphin Island in March. It seemed like the ferry would have to dodge the offshore oil platforms. There was a small area with soft drink machines, and I think there was also a bathroom somewhere near the dock.
State Highway 59 (running North and South) in Gulf Shores intersects with State Road 182, he which runs to the West. The common name is West Fort Morgan Road. From this intersection to the end of the Fort Morgan peninsula and the ferry landing is approx. 25 miles. The landing is located on the Fort Morgan Historic site. Note: State Road 59 may be accessed from I-10 at Exit 44, proceed South thru Loxley, AL., to Gulf Shore
One Way Ticket Prices (note - no plastic - only cash)
Autos, Pickup Trucks & Vans with one driver $14.00
Motor Homes with one driver $29.00
Motorcycles with one rider $ 6.00
* Each additional passenger per vehicles $ 4.00
*All trailers or boats, add $10.00
* Children under 12 Free
Round Trip Tickets Auto $25.00
Motor homes $50.00
Pedestrian Charges - Walkon Adults $ 5.00
Updated Jun 18, 2006
Phone: (251) 861-3000
The Gulf Island National Seashore (which includes Fort Pickens, and Fort Barrancas rules for visiting Historic Forts
"Climbing is unsafe and may damage historic artifacts that cannot be replaced. Please keep off mounds and the cannon at the forts. Watch your step. Many surfaces are uneven and some areas of the forts are slippery and damp especially in the rain. Some of the stairways have no handrails, so stay close to the wall when climbing the stairs. There are no electric lights in some areas. They may be dark and dangerous... "
But while Bob was still reading the signs in the museum, I went out and saw a family all climbing on a big cannon for a picture. There were no signs prohibiting this although there are in most of the federal parks like Fort Sumter.
Fort Vancouver NP has the following rules:
· Do not allow children to climb on the cannons... Serious injury has resulted.
· Accompany children to the Bastion. Its upper levels are a dangerous place for horse-play.
· Do not allow running at the Fort. The ground is uneven and hard objects protrude from the surface
Fort McHenry warns teachers to take groups:
High walls, numerous cannon, and sloped, unmowed earthworks are potentially dangerous if climbed on.
Chaperones and leaders are reminded to stay with their groups at all times and enforce safety rules.
While visiting the Star Fort, please keep your groups on the brick walkways and please observe the following safety regulations:
• No climbing on cannons, walls, and earthworks
• No horseplay and running in and around the fort
• No jumping off walls
Thank you for your help in protecting the park and yourself.
Fort Stanwix NM
1. Please do not run in the fort because it is easy to fall and get hurt.
2. Please do not sit or climb on the cannons. They are periodically fired, and we need your help to keep them in good shape.
3. Splinters aren't good souvenirs to take home with you. Please avoid rubbing your hands on the wooden barracks.
Updated Aug 27, 2006
Park on the Gulf of Mexico access road, turning left at the first gatehouse. Walk across HWY 180 and onto the Fort wall back to Mobile Bay. It is a spectacular view, and usually deserted.
Written Apr 27, 2006