The park contains a mosaic of coastal habitats that host a surprising variety of wildlife and are visited by birds from throughout the eastern hemisphere during the spring and fall migration seasons. Wading and shore birds, mottled and mallard ducks, raccoons, armadillos and marsh rabbits are found in the park, which is ideal for wildlife observation and photography. Beach or surf fishing for spotted seatrout, sandtrout, redfish, black drum, croaker and flounder is also popular.
The park features 2,000 acres of upper Gulf Coast barrier island ecosystem. Barrier islands move and change constantly through the action of waves, wind and tides. Because barrier islands serve as transition zones between land and ocean, they support a variety of distinct ecoregions, including beaches, prairies and wetlands. Each supports a diverse array of life. The beaches also protect the mainland from storms, while the lagoons, bay and salt marshes serve crucial functions in the life cycles of many ocean species.