Nature, Hiking & Birding

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  • Escatawpa River Observatory (Currently Closed)
    • The Jackson County Welcome Center is open to the public but the river trail and observatory are closed due to storm damage.  We do not have any estimation as to when or if this trail will be reopened to the public. The Welcome Center has public bathrooms available as well as water fountains. I-10 West Bound, Moss Point, MS
  • Fort Maurepas City Park and Nature Preserve (Currently Closed)
    • A beautiful park at Washington Ave. and Front Beach that offers a pavilion, stage, a large green space, playground equipment, splash pad, and restrooms.  The City of Ocean Springs is working to get the park back in order and open to the public. 499 Front Beach, Ocean Springs, MS
  • Grand Bay NERR (Open)
    • The Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Center (NERR) contains about 18,000 acres of land including estuarine tidal marsh, tidal creeks or bayous, shallow, open-water habitats, oyster reefs, seagrass beds, maritime forests, salt flats, sandy beaches, and shell middens. The Oak Grove Hiking Trail is a .75 mile loop trail just off Bayou Heron Road, south of the Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center. The trail is a maritime, mixed hardwood forest intermingled with pines that is great for birding during the spring & fall migration period. Be on the lookout for migrants such as Yellow Warblers, Redstarts and Scarlet Tanagers. *Note: The interpretive center is currently closed due to COVID-19. 6005 Bayou Heron Road, Moss Point, MS
  • Hussey Property Nature Trail
    • This property contains 30-acres of hiking trails that are managed by the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain and are located just east of the Inlet Condos. 2501 Bienville Blvd., Ocean Springs Mississippi
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore
    • Managed by the U.S. Park Service, Gulf Islands National Seashore offers recreation opportunities and preserves natural and historic resources along the Gulf of Mexico barrier islands of Mississippi and Florida. It’s Mississippi areas are great spots for birding during the winter months and migration period. *Note: hiking trails and visitor’s center is currently closed. 3500 Park Road, Ocean Springs, MS

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