The Lure of the Islands in the Gulf of Mexico What is it that entices people to the sea? Poet John Masefield wrote,

I love this little hike through the woods and then down to the beach and back!

To much of the trail is on the road side. Not a fun trail at all.

great in December, no spiders

A fairly flat hike mostly along the side of a road. A couple of short dirt spur trails take you into the woods away from the road. A couple of bridges offer nice bayou views and therefore good wildlife viewing. It would be a nice hike if it wasn't for the close proximity of the road.

I completed this hike on Black Friday with my mom and dad to participate in opt outside. We could not have asked for better weather. Unfortunately most of the trail is on the side of the road. There are a few nice overlooks and shady areas through the woods displaying some fall foliage. We saw a few birds, turtles, and just a moderate amount of people along the trail. The information center was nice and clean. I wish there were more trails in the woods but I wouldn’t mind going back for a kayak tour.

7 months ago

Fantastic. No high-rise hotels and condos. Not many people. Gulf of Mexico at its finest.

Sad that you have to pay $15 to enter.

This is a great place to take the kids out for an easy hike! Simple yet satisfying!

Nice easy trail. This trail offers several opportunities for wildlife watching and wildflowers. Watch out for the alligators in the marsh areas.

Good hike but watch out for the ticks in the summer.

11 months ago

Trail is boardwalk style in the beginning and then you can take a couple different trails that can go in a loop or down to the beach side. In addition, the "fish trail" is also an option. Trail is a nice short walk that is shaded in most places. Trail is easy and I did not see any other walkers. Dog friendly on leash.

11 months ago

Dog friendly as long as you stay on the trail. Picturesque trails and plan on taking my mountain bike next time.

Nice trails and campgrounds!

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Great trail for walking and running

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Great for a long walk along the ocean

Enjoyable. Part of trail is along the street (Booo!), but remainder of trail was through wooded areas and pleasant. I liked that the bayou overlook was on a wooden platform so I was elevated and the view was good.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Dog friendly and easy well marked trails, be sure to stop in the visitors center very helpful and informative. Wonderful program for children, can't wait to bring my grandson.

It is a beautiful place to see, a wonderful first time hike with the kids.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Really easy and accessible.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

The area is beautiful, although be warned, much of the hiking "trail" runs along the side of the road through the park. But there is a short loop that winds through some beautiful shady areas along the bank of the bayou. If you want to see an alligator, it's a great place to check out. Off of the fishing pier and over the marsh, you can also see a beautiful sunset.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Beautiful trees and scenery is pretty but after boardwalk ends the trail overgrown and hard to see in spots.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Kind of tucked away, nice visitors center, easy trails

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Not great for hiking. But amazing camp sites, facilities. Gonna bring the boat back.

Monday, May 09, 2016

nice easy hike. breezy and beautiful!!

Fun local trail.

on Naval Live Oaks Trail

Sunday, February 28, 2016

This was a nice shady trail. The trees and views of the water were great. Watch out for ticks though. We stayed on the trail and our dog still had to have several picked off of him.

Great location and fun for the kids to run around. Love the picnic areas and the water views.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

It's a beach and if you're camping you are walking along the beach, the dunes, the water, the dune grass and people - for about a mile depending on how far you want to go. The Park Service requires you to hike at least a mile (I think) before they will allow camping on the beach.

Beautifully kept. Friendly staff & great info center.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Nice easy trail that follows the beach in the Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve. A good idea is to start at the Gulf Islands National Seashore visitor's center and follow the boardwalk along the beach and back thru the woods. The trail can be an in and out or 8 mile loop by crossing the highway. The trail features some impressive Live Oaks and lots of hanging moss. The only distraction is the loud traffic with its proximity to US Highway 98 otherwise this is a real nice day hike with lots of great views and photo opportunities.

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