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.