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.
Florida District Hiking Trails
Naval Live Oak Area Trails
Multi-Use Path 2.0 Miles
This paved path provides access for cyclists, hikers, and visitors on roller blades.
Brackenridge Nature Trail .8 miles
The trail consists of a "figure 8" path with an observation deck at the far end. Fallen trees are the result of Hurricane Ivan. Exhibits on the trail identify plants and describe how live oaks were used in shipbuilding.
Andrew Jackson Trail 3.4 miles
Also known as the Pensacola-St. Augustine Road, this trail was the site of the first road connecting East Florida with West Florida which Congress provided $20,000 for construction of the road in 1824 when Florida was still a territory. Today the trail crosses the length of the Naval Live Oaks Area on the north side of U.S. Highway 98.
Beaver Pond Trail 1.0 miles
The Beaver Pond Trail traverses through several plant communities typical of southeastern forests. A beaver dam can be seen at the northern end of the trail. When active, the beaver dam maintains the water level even during times of drought, attracting a variety of wildlife. Watch out for snakes. Bug repellant is advised.
Old Borrow Pit Trail .9 miles
Sand from the borrow pit was used for the construction of U. S. Highway 98. The trail leads through longleaf and sand pine communities. Hikers on this trail will notice the benefits of a prescribed fire that rejuvenated the forest. Burns were conducted in 2000, 2002, and 2008 which reduced fuel loads to prevent wildfire and enhanced habitat for plants and animals.
Fort Pickens Area Trails
Florida National Scenic Trail 28.2 Miles
This part of the 1300-mile Florida National Scenic Trail begins at nearby historic Fort Pickens and follows the old oyster shell path through the Fort Pickens Campground and then follows the beach each to the park boundary.
Fort Barrancas Area Trails
Pensacola Naval Air Station
Woodland Nature Trail .5 mile
Located near the Fort Barrancas Visitor Center, this loop trail goes through a woodland of sand pines and live oak trees. Some plants are identified with markers.
Trench Trail .5 mile
This trail connects Fort Barrancas to the Advanced Redoubt.
Perdido Key Area
Perdido Key Discovery Trail .25 mile
This accessible trail located on a boardwalk crosses a salt marsh, maritime forest, and rolling dunes.
Santa Rosa Area
Florida National Scenic Trail 7 miles
This section of the 1300-mile Florida National Scenic follows the beach to the park boundary at Navarre Beach.
Did You Know?
In 1828, John Q. Adams designated the Naval Live Oaks Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore as the first United States tree farm. Live oak trees are known for their incredible density and resistance to disease. They provided durable wood for the construction of early naval vessels.