The Gulf Islands National Seashore are the barrier islands that extend from Mississippi through Alabama & down the Florida panhandle. The seashore is more than the magnificent white beaches & Caribbean blue green waters, there’s lush coastal marshes, delicate ecosystems, a bayou & the intercoastal waterway for the wilderness side of the park. There’s plenty of hiking trails which offer a chance to see a variety of coastal birds such as the Brown Pelican, Osprey, Kingfisher or Great Blue Heron to name a very few. The islands have an abundance of wildlife too. Keep your eyes open for deer, Loggerheads, skinks, armadillos & Cottonmouths.We did find fresh deer tracks on the dunes but not a sign of the elusive creatures. If you are fortunate, you may even spot an endangered beach mouse scurrying amongst the sea oats. We chose to visit the Perdido Key portion. Investigation of the National Parks website proclaimed that even though Tucker wasn’t allowed beach access, he would be welcomed on the trails & boardwalks. The park ranger stationed at the entrance even had a stash of dog biscuits & offered a couple to Tuck who quickly devoured them gratefully.
The National Seashore includes a few forts for exploring as well. Fort Massachusetts lies within the Mississippi District, Alabama has Fort Morgan & within the Florida District is Forts Pickens & historic Barrancas. The National Aviation Museum at the Pensacola Naval Air Station is even a part of the shoreline.There is much to experience within the park boundaries.
Views of the Intercoastal waterway.
Bring your fishing equipment, your kite surfer, beach trunks, tent, or a picnic basket. This is truly a water wonderland. And don’t forget your camera.
Here’s lookin’ at you kid…………….