• 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.

Volunteer Coastal Cleanups

A female park ranger holds a list of directions in her hand as she addresses young U.S. Marine Corps volunteers dressed in tee-shirts and shorts while standing on a boardwalk adjacent to the blue Gulf of Mexico

A park ranger addresses the U.S. Marine Corps cleanup volunteers from Corey Station in Milton, Florida

Volunteer Coastal Cleanups

Gulf Islands National Seashore schedules beach cleanups in the fall and spring.

Join volunteers who take part in the annual International Beach Cleanup (link to http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/marine-debris/international-coastal-cleanup-11.html) on the third Saturday in September in the Florida District. In the Mississippi District, the Mississippi Coastal Cleanup (link to: http://www.masgc.org/cleanup/index.htm) is scheduled on the third Saturday in October and the district cleanup, "Reach for the Beach" is scheduled the first Saturday in May. Volunteers who have access to boats are needed for the Mississippi District cleanups. For information contact the park's volunteer beach cleanup coordinators at 850-934-2600 (FL) or 228-230-4118 (MS).

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.