• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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  • Partial Closure on Horn Island

    Small portion of Horn Island, Mississippi, closed to entry due to discovery of asbestos and possible other bio hazards. Click on more for map and press release. More »

  • Shorebirds Nesting Near Roads - 20 mph

    Shorebirds are nesting near roads and cross the road regularly. Observe posted speed limits and be alert for tiny birds on the roads. Last year 155 birds were killed on park roads, help us reduce the mortality rate of these beautiful birds and go slow.


Gulf Islands National Seashore history is filled with stories of European exploration, Geronimo, wars, and people that came to the Gulf Coast to settle. Did you know that live oak trees were used to build the USS Constitution? Check out the links below and get lost in a good story!

The Live Oak Story

Louisiana Native Guard in the Civil War

The Age of Discovery in the Northern Gulf


Fort Barrancas

Fort Barrancas Oral History Report

Naval Live Oaks 1794-1880

Fort Massachusetts

Fort Pickens 1821-1895

Ship Island

Pensacola Harbor Defense Project 1890-1947

Bernardo de Gálvez


Did You Know?

A view of the Advanced Redoubt drawbridge.

The Third System fortifications consisted of 42 forts built between 1816 and 1870. They were used to guard all the principal harbors, rivers, and naval yards of the United States. Only the Advanced Redoubt of Fort Barrancas at Gulf Islands National Seashore was built entirely for land defense.