Fort Matanzas National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Gordon J. Wilson
The area of Fort Matanzas National Monument was a major field of conflict as European nations fought for control in the New World. Fort Matanzas guarded St. Augustine's southern river approach during this struggle. Today, the monument protects not just the historic fort, but also the wild barrier island and the plants and animals that survive there despite modern development. The park commemorates the killing of nearly 250 French Huguenots by the Spanish, an act that gave the river and inlet the name Matanzas, Spanish for "slaughters"., The fort was constructed one hundred and seventy-five years later to help protect St. Augustine from a new threat - the British. Come and experience the rich history in Fort Matanzas.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
300.11
Visitor Count: 
922315
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Fort Matanzas; Nature Trail Boardwalk; Matanzas River; Rattlesnake Island; Anastasia Island;
Endangered Species: 
Anastasia Island Beach Mouse; Green Turtle; Leatherback Turtle
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
St. Augustine, FL
Gateway Communities: 
Palm Coast, FL; Saint Augustine, FL; Elkton, FL; Hastings, FL
Nearby Airports: 
Jacksonville International Airport (JIA); Daytona Beach International Airport (DBIA); Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB)