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.
Nature & Science
Gulf Islands National Seashore is a park rich in natural resources. There are sparkling blue waters, magnificent snowy-white beaches, fertile coastal marshes, and beautiful winding nature trails.
More than 80 percent of the park is submerged lands teeming with marine life. Marshes collect fresh rainwater and support diverse communities of plants and animals. Live oak forests are home to resident and migrating bird populations.
Millions of visitors enjoy America’s largest National Seashore every year. The National Park Service serves as guardian to these precious natural resources and asks that visitors treat their national park with care. With your support, special places like Gulf Islands National Seashore will continue to delight, educate and inspire future generations.
Gulf Islands National Seashore provides a great habitat for the gopher tortoise. The gopher tortoise's strong forelegs and claws make digging burrows in the sandy soil easy. They are vegetarians who enjoy eating a variety of plants that grow within the park.
Did You Know?
In the 1880s, Geronimo and other members of the Chiricahua-Apache tribe were prisoners at Fort Pickens located at Gulf Islands National Seashore.