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Gulf Islands

The Gulf Islands Seashore stretches some 160 miles from Cat Island in the state of Mississippi to the eastern tip of Santa Rosa Island in Florida. The official acreage for Gulf Islands National Seashore is more than 135607 acres. There the coastal marshes and maritime forests of these islands give way to snowy-white sand Mississippi beaches that meet the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Visitors to the Gulf Islands can enjoy its 19th century forts, shaded picnic areas, hike its nature trails, and even do a little primitive beach camping on the Mississippi barrier islands (with the exception of Cat and West Ship Islands). Mississippi’s Horn and Petit Bois Islands are federally designated wilderness areas.

The mainland features salt marshes and bayous in Mississippi for adventurous anglers and canoeists. This National Seashore was authorized in January, 1971 with the express purpose of preserving for public use and enjoyment certain areas possessing outstanding natural, historic and recreational values.