• 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.

Outdoor Activities

Nature's Way Trail
gray boardwalk with
trees.

Whether you visit the Seashore for a day or a week there are many activities and places to explore. Activities include swimming, bicycling, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, beach combing, wildlife watching, boating, developed camping, and primitive camping.

Mississippi District

Headquarters for the Mississippi District is located at the Davis Bayou Area. The area has the William M. Colmer Visitor Center, boat launch, playground, nature trails, campground, and boardwalks. Private boaters can visit all the barrier islands. At West Ship Island visitors can swim at the designated swim beach.

Florida District

Naval Live Oaks has nine hiking trails including the historic Andrew Jackson Trail and sections of the 40-mile bike loop. There is a picnic table area, covered picnic pavilion, restrooms, and outdoor showers. The Santa Rosa Sound shoreline is popular for people with small children who want to avoid the rough surf at the beach. Visitors may also enjoy fishing from the shore (license required).

Camping at Fort Pickens is on a reservation system. Sites have water, electricity, picnic tables, firepits with grills and a dump station is available. Fort Pickens Area is open daily 7:00 a.m. until sunset. The fort has Ranger guided tours at 2:00 p.m. daily. Self guided tours are from 8:00 a.m. until sunset. The Fort Pickens also has beautiful hiking trails.

Perdido Key Area has picnic tables, restrooms, a lifeguarded beach, boardwalk trails and access to the Gulf Beach. The Okaloosa Day Use Area near Fort Walton, known for the quiet water and sandy beaches, has picnic tables, restrooms, boat launch, and plenty of parking.

On board Pensacola Naval Air Station visitors can tour Fort Barrancas, the Advanced Redoubt, and hike trails.

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.