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.
National Trails Day Walk
Contact: Susan Teel, 850-934-2618
Contact: Stanley Lawhead, 850-934-2629
Gulf Islands National Seashore Announces National Trails Day Walk
In celebration of National Trails Day, join a park ranger for a walk on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. along the Florida National Scenic Trail. The two mile walk goes to Battery Worth then out to the beach on Pensacola Bay and returns to Fort Pickens.The public is invited to participate in this leisurely walk, which will begin at Fort Pickens parking area. Walkers will have opportunities to view native flora and fauna as well as historic remnants of this area's extensive use as a stronghold of America's coastal defenses and enjoy the sunset along the bay. The level of difficulty is easy with some soft sand. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and bring water.
Superintendent Brown encourages everyone to visit the Seashore to join us for our National Trails Day walk.The program is free, but there is an $8 entrance fee to the Fort Pickens Area.For additional information about this program or others offered at the Seashore, call the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center at (850) 934-2600 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/guis.
Did You Know?
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.