Parks & Partners


The Gulf Coast Network (GULN) includes eight national parks. The network's geographic area encompasses the western third of Florida, all of Mississippi and Louisiana, the southeastern quarter of Texas, and extends up through the northwest corner of Alabama to Nashville, Tennessee.

These parks encompass a diversity of habitats, including barrier islands/seashores, coastal fresh to brackish marshes, bottomland hardwoods, cypress-tupelogum swamps, Mississippi River alluvial floodplain and loessal bluffs, rolling hill country and pastures, and the dry scrub/grasslands of Edwards Plateau.

Pitcher plant bog in Big Thicket National Preserve

Big Thicket National Preserve

A variety of habitats and ecosystems converge in southeast Texas.

Coastline at Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore

A collection of natural resources in the air, on the land and below the water.

Iris fulva, a species found at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Jean Lafitte NHP&P

Swamps, marshes, bayous and forests, just 17 miles from New Orleans.

A waterfall along the Natchez Trace Parkway

Natchez Trace Parkway

A scenic drive through three states and 10,000 years of history.

Yucca treculeana at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

Palo Alto Battlefield NHP

Where the first battle in the US-Mexican War took place, it contains an abundance of plant and animal life on a broad coastal prairie.

Nine mile hole at Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore

The longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world. It's 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and tidal flats full of life.

Mission San Jose

San Antonio Missions NHP

Much of the park is nestled within the city of San Antonio, Texas, challenging it's natural resources.

Trenches at Vicksburg National Military Park

Vicksburg National Military Park

Natural resources linked to the history of the park include a rare geological landform and the oldest second-growth trees in the state.

Last updated: April 19, 2018