Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore spreads across two island chains off the coast of Mississippi and Florida’s panhandle. These scenic out-islands offer historic forts, white sand beaches, and endless opportunities to learn and play.

Military historians will find much to see and do at the Fort Barrancas Visitor Center, Fort Pickens, Pensacola Naval Air Station, and the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center. The park’s forts were built over a span of nearly 150 years; several were built as part of the Third System of coastal fortifications, a defensive system constructed between 1816 and 1867.

Outdoor enthusiasts can camp, fish, swim, snorkel, hike, bike, and birdwatch along miles of pristine shoreline. The Andrew Jackson Trail is one of nine trails leading out of Naval Live Oaks, which also offers a 40-mile biking loop. 

In the Mississippi District of the park, the Davis Bayou Area offers a boat launch and hiking trails. Swimmers should head to West Ship Island, Santa Rosa Sound, Okaloosa Day Use Area, or Perdido Key.

Did You Know: 

More than 80 percent of Gulf Islands National Seashore is underwater. Shallow pools provide habitat for a wide variety of sea creatures and migratory waterfowl.









November 30, 2014

raising rates its not your seashore its ours you idiots. I am a disabled vet and can't pay so thanks a lot.


September 24, 2014

thanks this helped a lot. for my project I want to visit


October 22, 2013

All these students that visit this web site for valuable information to complete reports --are not/ or are, resorting to cutting and pasting words to email a report to the instructor.?? I do hope they read the content understand what they have read, retain and apply the knowledge. I frightens me to think -- the ease of completing a report, only to garner a 96% for copying information from a web site --- constitutes learning. I wish a student had left a comment such as... If drilling in the Gulf of Mexico poses the risk of another BP disaster to harm this fragile ecosystem I for one, a member of this younger generation will dedicate my life to reducing carbon foot prints. The sun may pull us into its radiation fields in a billion years, but what will the son of man do in far less time to the environment? Pogo said "we have met the enemy and it is Us."


June 21, 2013

This helped me a lot!!! and I am very glad that I got a 98% on my Environment Essay. Thank you sooo much!


January 7, 2013

i have to get some information for my science class and I Couldn't find any on any other websites, but this helped me get 95% of the info!


May 21, 2012

i am doing a school report on this and this gave me alot of information so i can ace this report i can't wait to see my teachers face when she see this report thanks for the information


November 10, 2011

awesome and beautiful

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