Hike-In backcountry camping is temporarily suspended within the Perdido Key area due to increased resource damage observed over the past several years. Despite laws and regulations intended to manage camping, impacts have occurred such as the creation of social trails, increased amounts of trash and debris, removal of vegetation, and more. These impacts affect the dune habitats that are necessary to protect the mainland from storms and provide habitat for endangered species.
“Unfortunately, the actions of some park users have negatively affected the visitor experience at the Perdido Key camping area and has placed a heavy burden on the natural resources there,” said Acting Superintendent, Darrell Echols. “It is our responsibility as stewards of this area to prevent further damage and develop a plan to improve the visitor experience while protecting sensitive habitats.”
During the closure, the park will work with backcountry camping experts throughout the National Park Service and the country to identify appropriate management actions and develop a management plan for the area.
We do not have an expected opening date for hike-in backcountry camping at this time; however, boat-in backcountry camping is allowed.