• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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Naval Live Oaks

A ranger describes the trail to a park visitor.

The popular .8 mile Breckenridge Nature Trail is located in the Naval Live Oaks Area.

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The Naval Live Oaks Area, located on U. S. 98 east of Gulf Breeze, is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. The Visitor Center opened from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (except Christmas Day), (new hours beginning April 7, 2013 the Visitor Center will be open Monday - Fridays 8:30 am to 4:30 pm) features a bookstore, exhibits, and showings of a closed-caption 12-minute orientation film plus nature and history videos.

New exhibits at the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center in Gulf Is­lands National Seashore provide a wide range of accessibility features, including telephone handsets for au­dio description, a tactile model of an oak tree, a railing system that connects all the exhibits together, and tactile models of natural history objects including acorns, oak leaves, and a large gopher tortoise.

There are over 7.5 miles of trails including the .8 mile Breckenridge Nature Trail behind the Visitor Center. A covered picnic pavilion is available on a first come, first served basis and additional picnic tables are located nearby. Enjoy your lunch while enjoying the sparkling waters of Santa Rosa Sound! The Santa Rosa Sound shoreline is a wonderful option for people with small children who want to avoid the rough surf at the beach. The shallow, protected waters provide hours of swimming fun! Restrooms and outdoor showers are available. Try your luck at fishing.

Group Camping area temporarily closed

A group camping area is on the north side of Naval Live Oaks. It is available for organized youth groups. This is a great campsite complete with a covered picnic pavilion, restrooms, and outdoor showers. Northside pavilion picnic area is open for reservations, to do so call the campground registration office at 850-934-2622.

Did You Know?

Two Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins ride the bow wave of the wooden passenger ferry.

Did you know that two thirds of Gulf Islands National Seashore is under water? The largest, most common, mammal in this underwater realm is the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin.