Gulf Islands National Seashore Visitor Center & Campground

3500 Park Road

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Phone: (228) 230-4100

While most of Gulf Islands National Seashore is located miles offshore, the Mississippi District Headquarters is located in Ocean Springs. The Davis Bayou Area is located south of Highway 90 east of downtown Ocean Springs and offers many recreational opportunities. Visitors can enjoy fishing, hiking, biking, bird watching, and picnicking, camping, and ranger-led programs. The William M. Colmer Visitor Center is where visitors can view the park oriented film and exhibits, purchase items at the bookstore and on most weekends enjoy a ranger-led program.

The park also features the Davis Bayou Trail, which takes visitors through a coastal forest and over two local bayous and is approximately two miles long. Bikes not permitted on the trail. Free park and trail maps, local orientation, and other information at the Visitor Center.

The park also features a fishing pier for fishing and a boat launch. There is a cost for using the boat launches and a Mississippi State Saltwater Fishing License is required. There are no swimming beaches in the Davis Bayou Area. For campers, The Davis Bayou Campground is open for tent and RV camping on a first-come -first-serve basis. All sites have water and electric hook-ups, a dump station available, and flush toilets and showers in a central restroom facility. There is a per night campsite charge. Call (228) 875-3962 for more information. 

The William M. Colmer Visitor Center is currently open daily from 8:30am-4:30pm. Please call (228) 875-9057 ext. 4100 to contact visitor center staff for further information.

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  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

  • May 2, 2017 - May 31, 2017

How many toes does an alligator have? What do they like to eat for breakfast? Learn this and other fun facts about these large armored reptiles, and maybe even get to see an alligator in the wild. All About Amazing Alligators is a 30 minute program that is accessible and fun for families (children must be accompanied by an adult). We will meet at the Nature’s Way Loop Trail.

  • West Ship Island

  • May 13, 2017 - Oct 14, 2017

Built on an island of ever shifting sands, Fort Massachusetts stands as a monument to the legacy of America’s early homeland defense. Take the Ship Island Excursion vessel from the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor, meet at the fort entrance for this 30 minute program.

  • West Ship Island

  • Jun 16, 2017 - Jun 18, 2017

Explore the lives of Union and Confederate soldiers, sailors, and marines stationed at Ship Island during the Civil War.

Park rangers and living history volunteers will share stories of the island’s activities during the Civil War era through an interactive military encampment on the beach and programs within historic Fort Massachusetts. Activities, including demonstrations on soldiering, cooking, musket firing, and more, will be held daily.

West Ship Island is only accessible by boat. Visitors may access the island by using the park concessioner ferry. For ferry schedules and ticket pricing, please visit or call 228-864-1014. Visitors should dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.