• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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Advanced Redoubt

The wooded Trench Trail connects the Advanced Redoubt to the Fort Barrancas Visitor Center.

The half mile (1/2) Trench Trail connects Fort Barrancas to the Advanced Redoubt.

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Located on board Pensacola Naval Air Station, the grounds of the Advanced Redoubt of Fort Barrancas are open daily. A weekly one hour tour is scheduled each Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

The half mile (1/2) Trench Trail connects the Advanced Redoubt to the Fort Barrancas Visitor Center open daily from November through February 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and March through October 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. For information call 850-455-5167.

 
An interior view shows the brick counterscarp wall, grassy moat, and walls of the Advanced Redoubt.

The Advanced Redoubt was designed to protect the Pensacola Navy Yard from a land-based assault.

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The Advanced Redoubt of Fort Barrancas was built between 1845 and 1870 as part of a defensive network for the Pensacola Navy Yard. Forts Pickens, McRee, and Barrancas protected the entrance to the harbor; the Advanced Redoubt was constructed to defend the northern side of the peninsula on which the navy yard was located. The Redoubt is unique among the early American forts at Pensacola in being designed solely for resisting a land-based assault.

Did You Know?

The long roots of the sea oats help hold the dunes together.

The stunning sugar white beaches of Gulf Islands National Seashore are composed of fine quartz eroded from granite in the Appalachian Mountains. The sand is carried seaward by rivers and creeks and deposited by currents along the shore.