Gulf Islands National Seashore (Florida) | FORT BARRANCAS AREA

Cannon aims out over the mouth of Pensacola Bay at Fort Barrancas

Cannon aims out over the mouth of Pensacola Bay at Fort Barrancas


NOTE: Pensacola Naval Air Station is now closed to the general public due to a shooting that took place on December 6, 2019. Only those with Department of Defense issued IDs can enter the base. The National Park Service does not know when, or even if, the general public will be allowed on the base. For the latest update, see the National Park Service’s Temporary Road and Facility Closures web page, or call the Fort Barrancas Visitor Center at (850) 455-5167. The Fort Barrancas area is still open to those who can get on the base.
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The Fort Barrancas Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore is located within Pensacola Naval Air Station. Tourists and those not employed by the Department of Defense must enter through the west gate on Blue Angel Parkway. All passengers other than children need an ID to get onto the base. A driver’s license will suffice unless it is not compliant with the Real ID Act. Those with a non-compliant license must have a valid passport or other form of identification.

Your vehicle is subject to search, so leave your guns and illegal drugs at home. Though not asked for it here, I have been asked for a vehicle insurance card and registration when entering other military bases, so be sure to have these with you as well.

The National Park Service manages two 19th century military forts, Fort Barrancas and Advanced Redoubt. The park also includes two short hiking trails, a small picnic area, and a visitor center. There is no beach access.

The Fort Barrancas Visitor Center and forts are open Saturdays through Wednesdays from 9 AM to 4:30 PM except when closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. If you attempt to enter Pensacola Naval Air Station outside of these operating hours under the pretenses of visiting the Gulf Island National Seashore portion of the base, you will not be allowed to enter.

Fort Barrancas Visitor Center

Fort Barrancas

Advanced Redoubt

Spanish Water Battery

Fort Barrancas Picnic Area

Trench Trail

Woodland Nature Trail


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Last updated on April 26, 2022
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