• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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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?

Murray Dorty, an African-American Union Civil War re-enactor, stands at attention inside Fort Massachusetts.

The 2nd Regiment of Louisiana Native Guards trained on Ship Island and became the first black unit on April 9, 1863 on the Gulf Frontier. They met Confederate forces in battle during a raid on Pascagoula, MS.