• 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.

Okaloosa Day Use Area

White sandy beaches and quiet bay waters are typical of the Okaloosa Day Use Area in Florida.

White sandy beaches and calm waters attract visitors.

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The Okaloosa Day Use Area, opened from 8:00 am to sunset, is located on the northside of US Highway 98 near Fort Walton Beach, FL. This quiet water area features white sandy beaches, calm waters, picnic tables, a boat launch, parking, and public restrooms with outdoor showers. Currently, there are no fees collected at this area.

 
A tree tree shades picnic tables at Okaloosa Day Use Area.
Trees shade picnic tables overlooking the beaches and calm water at Okaloosa Day Use Area in Florida.
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Did You Know?

Geronimo

In the 1880s, Geronimo and other members of the Chiricahua-Apache tribe were prisoners at Fort Pickens located at Gulf Islands National Seashore.