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National Seashore to Enforce Campground Size Limits in 2022

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Date: January 31, 2022
Contact: Susan Teel, 850-934-2618

GULF BREEZE, Fla.— Beginning February 1, Gulf Islands National Seashore will begin enforcing maximum Recreational Vehicle (RV)/trailer length and height limits for all campsites in the Fort Pickens Campground in Florida and the Davis Bayou Campground in Mississippi.

While campsite length limits have been in place for a long time, a new height restriction of 12-feet for the Fort Pickens Campground Loop A has been instituted due to tree growth over the roadway. The maximum lengths at each campsite vary depending on the size of the parking pavement. Visitors can verify the campsite length on recreation.gov (Recreation.gov - Camping, Cabins, RVs, Permits, Passes & More). Reservations for vehicles exceeding the campsite size limits will be canceled by campground staff on-site.

“The current limits in place will be enforced for the safety and protection of the park, and visitor property,” said Darrell Echols, Gulf Islands superintendent. “In 2021, Gulf Islands National Seashore saw an increase in incidents resulting in damage to park resources and visitor’s property. The enforcement of these restrictions is expected to reduce these incidents. Visitors are encouraged to review the published limits for campsites when making their reservations on recreation.gov”.

Two vehicles are permitted at each a campsite, this includes RVs/trailers, due to the limited pavement available for parking and turning around. All vehicles are required to back into the site with all four tires parked on the pavement. Vehicles are not permitted to park sideways or in the grass at campsites. If a vehicle cannot be backed into the site, it will be required to be moved to one of several campground overflow parking lots.

The National Park Service is entrusted with caring and preserving unique natural and cultural treasures for future generations. This change will improve the balance between continued access to the campground for overnight visitors and preservation of the park’s natural and cultural resources.For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/eatingsleeping.htm               

About Gulf Islands National Seashore: Created in 1971, the national seashore stretches 160 miles along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida and Mississippi, and includes barrier islands, maritime forests, historic forts, bayous, and marine habitat. Visit us on the website, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 423 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.



Last updated: January 31, 2022

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