Each South Mississippi County has a personality all its own. Each county has its own history, heritage, and story to tell. The people that live in this region of Mississippi want to help tell those stories. Explore each county to help you plan your upcoming visit to Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Heritage Area
BAY ST. LOUIS
During the 19th century Hancock County held America’s largest lumber company until resources were exhausted and the town, known as Logtown, began to decline by 1930.
BAY ST. LOUIS HISTORIC WALKING & BIKING TOUR
This Walking/Biking Tour explores some historic sites such as the Hancock County Courthouse, the Alice Moseley House, and The Masonic Temple Building.
With stunning views of the Mississippi Sound and the Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi, Mississippi is the southeastern-most city in Harrison County.
ESSENCE OF BILOXI DRIVING & BICYCLING TRAIL
A trip through Biloxi’s history.
George County, founded in 1910, is the perfect getaway spot for anyone wanting to get close to nature. Hiding in George County is many picturesque waterways like Juniper Bay, Dean Bay, Escatawpa River, and the Leaf River.
Gulfport, Mississippi is the second largest city, second to the state’s capitol of Jackson.
Hancock County is a picturesque region that intertwines history, education, and nature. Founded in 1812, Hancock County boasts learning sites, heritage sites, and beautiful natural areas.
Harrison County is the home of many historic homes, archaeological sites, and family destinations. Harrison County is the perfect mixture of city-living and small-town hospitality.
HISTORIC PASCAGOULA BIKE TRAIL
Come take a family outing or a peaceful break by exploring the Historic Pascagoula Bike Trail. People of all ages and abilities can enjoy a unique combination of cycling, nature, history, and coastal culture.
Jackson, the county of soul, is an adventure just waiting to happen. Jackson County was founded in 1812 and is filled with both rich history and unforgettable charm.
Long Beach, Mississippi, established as a city in 1905, is a quaint town located in Harrison county between Gulfport and Pass Christian.
Visit Lucedale and see why this city is rich in community, festivities, and outdoor adventure. Lucedale may be a smaller city, but it is mighty in the way of outdoor recreation.
Ocean Springs, incorporated in 1892, has a population of over 17,000 people living in approximately 11 square miles in Jackson County.
OCEAN SPRINGS LIVE OAK BICYCLE ROUTE
Ocean Springs’ 15.5 mile round-trip Live Oaks Bicycle Route connects the Davis Bayou Area of the Gulf Islands National Seashore to the town of Ocean Springs at the Old Louisville and Nashville Train Depot.
Pascagoula, one of Mississippi’s largest cities, is the County Seat of Jackson County. It is home to approximately 24,000 residents with a daytime population of perhaps twice that many.
PASS CHRISTIAN SCENIC DRIVE HISTORIC DISTRICT
This lovely self-guided tour through the historic district of Pass Christian is a must for anyone who appreciates early Americana.
PEARL RIVER COUNTY
Pearl River County is a great source of both history and family-friendly travel. Pearl River County was founded in 1890 and is home to the Mulatto Bayou, Heron Bay, and the Pearl River.
Stone County was founded in 1916 and is the definition of relaxed southern charm. If you are in the mood for some relaxed fun, check out some of the things Stone County has to offer.
STONE COUNTY'S TOLD-YOU-SO TOURS
This self-guided tour is a great way to spend the day for visitors in Stone County! The tour outlines the best places to go in the county, visit one destination or visit them all. And remember, don’t forget your camera!
THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED WALKING TOUR
This Property is Condemned is a 1966 film starring Robert Redford, Natalie Wood, Charles Bronson, and Mary Badham. This classic movie was filmed in Mississippi’s Bay St. Louis.
The city of Wiggins, located in Stone County, has a deep history in Missippi. Located in Stone County, MS, Wiggins has experienced both prosperity and economic depressions. Today, Wiggins is proud to be one of the area’s fastest growing communities.