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 9am to 4:30pm. Please call (228) 875-9057 ext. 4100 to contact visitor center staff for further information.

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  • Number of Sites: 51
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Meet at the Colmer Visitors Center for this 75 minute program.  Skiff tours are accessible (water level may affect accessibility); fun for families (children must be accompanied by an adult). Life jackets are provided for all participants.

  • West Ship Island

  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until August 12, 2018

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.

Meet at the Colmer Visitor Center for ths 75 minute program. Fun for families (children must be accompanied by an adult). Kayak, paddles, and life jackets are provided for all participants.

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). Meet at the Nature’s Way Loop Trail.