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Summary of activities:

Fort tours

Pristine beaches


Documentary film

Drawbridge entrance to the interior of the fort (aka the sally port)
Crossfire alley in case of a land based attack
Gun site for crossfire alley
A row of individual firing positions
This simple brake mechanism holds up the draw bridge
A large accidental explosion took out an entire corner of the fort
A closeup of the destruction, bricks were found a mile and a half away!
A ground level cannon used to skip cannon balls across the water at enemy ships
Entryway at the corner of the fort
Lower level cannon bays
Upper and lower arch construction to give the walls strength
Rooftop cannon used to fire upon ships at a distance
Cannon used for demonstration firings
Rifling insert to upgrade the cannon for more accuracy and distance
Davis Bayou boathouse
Davis Bayou
Kayak trail through the bayou
Fallen pine tree in the bayou
An osprey stretching their wings
Boardwalk overlook
Can you see it hiding in the weeds?
How about now?
Sun setting over the bayou


Option 1 - Do nothing and cycle through the photos at the predetermined speed.

Option 2 - Hover over any photo with the cursor and use the forward and reverse arrows that appear on the left and right centers to speed through the photos. Photos will still change at the predetermined speed if you wait too long. Keep your eye on the clock in the upper right hand corner.

Option 3 - Hover over any photo with the cursor and click on the pause button. You now have full control to go forward or reverse at your own speed. You can also select any of the little round buttons under the photo to navigate through the photos.


1st - Click near the center of any photo and it will open to a larger size than what appears in the slideshow.
2nd - Click on it again and it will open to it's original full resolution size.
3rd - You will have to use your browsers back button to return to the slideshow after viewing the photo.

What a huge difference there is between the Florida or Mississippi version of Gulf Islands National Seashore. In Florida the Seashore consists of barrier islands close to shore that are connected to the mainland by mile long bridges. In Mississippi the Seashore is a collection of bayous on the mainland and a half dozen outer islands located twelve miles from shore.

We decided to visit both to get the full experience. In Florida, there were miles of white sandy, uninhabited beaches, with coastal Civil War forts to explore. In Mississippi, there were murky coastal bayous, filled with birds and fish, with many winding kayak trails. There is a fort here too, but it's located on one of the islands and is only accessible by private boat or NPS ferry boats. We were here a little before the tour boat season starts, so we didn't get to visit the fort.

Both have their own appeal and we were glad to have visited them both.

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