• 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.

Park Significance

Gulf Islands National Seashore:

  • The largest seashore encompassing 160 miles from Santa Rosa Island, Florida to Cat Island, Mississippi.
  • Comprised of six barrier islands - some of the most dynamic landforms in the world.
  • Land and marine archeological resource that represents a continuum of human occupation dating back approximately 5,000 years in this coastal environment.
  • Habitat for approximately 25 endangered and threatened animals in diverse ecosystems.
  • Stop-over habitat for migratory birds.
  • Critical nursery habitat for marine flora and fauna.
  • Rare combination of recreational opportunities on publicly accessible undeveloped barrier islands, two of which are designated as wilderness.

Did You Know?

The long roots of the sea oats help hold the dunes together.

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.