One of Mississippi’s most beautiful State Parks, Shepard State Park has 395 acres of forest and wildflowers, offering perfect trails for biking and observing nature. There are 28 developed campsites and 1 bathhouse. Visitors may also tent camp and enjoy many areas for picknicking. If you’re looking to get some exercise and sport in, the park also has an 18-hole disc golf course and is nearby several world-class golf courses along the Mississippi coast.
The location of the park is special to Mississippi folklore. Located near the Pascagoula River, or as the locals call it, “Singing River country,” there is a legend that Pascagoula Indians linked hands and walked into the river to drown themselves, rather than be taken captive by rival Indian tribes. The Pascagoula River has the nickname “Singing River,” because of the hauntingly beautiful chant the Pascagoula Indians are said to have sung as they walked into the river.
Once you are in the park, you may enjoy a variety of recreational activities and amenities including biking, disc golf, fire rings, nature trails, showers, and more. There are 3 primitive camping areas available on a first come, first serve basis. Groups wanting to camp must make reservations ahead of time with the park office at 228-497-2244. Visitors may tent camp in developed campsites with electricity and water hook-ups at the regular camping fee.
Shepard State Park is a wonderful place to spend the day, weekend, or longer. Unwind with nature on a solo trip or spend your time there grilling out and playing with family.
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