• 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.

Bird Nesting

Snowy-Plover- guarding 3 eggs

Snowy plover protecting 3 eggs

Each spring many shorebirds like least terns fly thousands of miles from South America to nest and raise their young on the Gulf Islands beaches. Some species are threatened or endangered such as snowy plovers. These adults and chicks frequent the road and shoulders to feed on insects. Please observe the 20 mph speed limit signs, and bird closures during nesting season. Help us to protect these fantastic fliers.

See Press Release on Shorebird nesting and closures and maps for new speed humps

 
 
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Osprey

2012 Osprey Closures On Mississippi Barrier Islands

Horn Island:

East Tip, from the east end of the treeline to the east side of Arcturus Flats.

Horseshoe Area, from the west end of Water's Pond the east side of the Horn Island Pier.

Ranger Lagoon, from 200 yards west side of the Horn Island Pier to the west end of the treeline at the Ranger Lagoon.

Chimney Area, from the Chimney Site to the west end of the treeline.

Middle Ponds Area, approximately 1 mile west of the mouth of Ranger Lagoon, where the forest meets the beach to the end of vegetation east of the mouth of Big Lagoon.

East Ship Island:

East end of the forest line west to the western most break in the trees.

West Ship Island:

300 yards around the Range Tower East of Fort Massachusetts.

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.