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.
Fee Free Days 2014
Contact: Steven McCoy, (850) 934-2604
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Offers Nine Fee Free Days This Year
Circle the dates on the calendar and plan your trip – America's 401 national parks will offer free admission on nine days in 2014, including several holidays.
The 2014 entrance fee-free days are:
·January 20th – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
·February 15th to February 17th – Presidents Day weekend
·April 19th to April 20th – National Park Week's opening weekend
·August 25th – National Park Service's 98th birthday
·September 27th – National Public Lands Day
·November 11th – Veterans Day
"America's national parks welcome more than 280 million visitors a year. To say thanks for that support and invite every American to visit these treasures that they own, we are declaring nine days of free admission next year," said National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis.
Superintendent Dan Brown encourages visitors and residents to come explore and enjoy the beautiful beaches, museums, programs, historic forts and recreational opportunities which abound within the National Seashore. Camping is also available at the Fort Pickens Area of the Seashore. The fee free days apply only to entrance fees. All campground sites are $26 per night with water and electricity hook-ups, grills/fire rings, and picnic tables.Reservations can be made up to six months in advance for camping year round by calling Recreation.Gov at 877-444-6777 or visiting their website at www.recreation.gov.Walk-ins will be accepted on a space available basis. Park entrance stations will have Senior and Annual Passes available for those who wish to purchase them.
For a full description of the facilities and programs currently available, visit the park's web site at www.nps.gov/guis or contact the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center at 850-934-2600.
Did You Know?
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.