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COVID 19 - Adaptive Recovery Plan

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The National Park Service is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks are required to be worn inside all federal buildings, regardless of vacination status. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to the park is as follows:


  • Fort Pickens Discovery Center in Florida and William M. Colmer Visitor Center in Mississippi are open at a reduced capacity daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset daily.
  • Public restrooms are open.

While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, some services may be limited. Please recreate responsibly by following CDC guidance, avoiding high risk activities and staying home if you feel sick.

We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

Temporary Road/Parking Closures:

J. Earle Bowden Way, Highway 399 is closed to commercial vehicles and oversized vehicles, including RV's, trailers of any kind, buses and delivery trucks due to ongoing repairs. Only passenger sized vehicles allowed until further notice.

For alternate route to Fort Pickens Area take Highway 98 to Pensacola Beach Road then turn right onto Fort Pickens Road.

Temporary Facility Closures:
Little Langdon restrooms north of Battery Langdon is closed.

The Fort Pickens Snack Bar is closed.

The Perdido Key Discovery Trail and boardwalk is closed.

The Fort Pickens Campground Store is currently closed.

Seasonal Facility Closures:

There are no seasonal facility closures at this time.

Area Closures

Fort Barrancas Area:

Fort Barrancas Area, including all forts and facilities are open from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday. Visitors must have acccess to the base to enter.

Davis Bayou Area:

All facilities on Ship Island (formerly known as East and West Ship Islands) dock, pier, boardwalk, restrooms, pavilions, snack bar, and Fort Massachusetts, remain closed due to extensive damage from Hurricane Zeta. The island is open for private boats to anchor offshore, skiff ashore, or beach small boats, and enjoy the beaches.

Last updated: September 22, 2021

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1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563


(850) 934-2600

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