• 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.

Mississippi District

The Mississippi District is open year-round. With over 400 acres, visitors have a variety of activities to choose from in the Davis Bayou Area including camping, fishing, hiking, biking, boating, attending a ranger-led program, and group camping. The William M. Colmer Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Tuesday through Friday. For more information please call (228) 230-4100.

 
The gray boardwalk trail is adjacent to the green bayou with trees in the background.
The beautiful Davis Bayou Area.
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Visitors congregate on the white sandy beaches or swim in the Gulf of Mexico.
Visitors enjoy a day at the beach at West Ship Island.
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Horn Island, Petit Bois Island, and East Ship Island are open year-round to private boaters. West Ship Island is open to private boaters from sunrise to sunset. The two miles of the western tip of Cat Island are within the Seashore boundary and are open to private boaters. The islands are not accessible by automobile. Visitors to the Seashore’s barrier islands can enjoy island camping on all the islands but West Ship Island. Other activities include beach combing, birdwatching, swimming, and fishing. A passenger ferry, located in Gulfport, MS, takes visitors out to West Ship Island March through October.
 
 

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.