Outdoor enthusiasts rejoice! Southern Mississippi has a wide variety of greenways for adventurers to explore. Experience thrilling beauty from our national and state parks, conservatories, and nature trails. Also, Mississippi’s Gulf Coast is a great place for bird watching. You can find both local and migratory birds- including bald eagles and endangered Sandhill Cranes- in distinct areas across the Gulf.
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.
BEACH BOULEVARD SCENIC BYWAY (NORTH)
Beach Boulevard Scenic Byway stretches for 13 miles of coastline from Cedar Point in northern Bay St. Louis, to the fishing village of Bayou Cadet.
BEACH BOULEVARD SCENIC BYWAY (SOUTH)
The south side of Beach Boulevard Scenic Byway features a drive through charming communities of coastal Mississippi.
BETHEL MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL
These old motorcycle trails are primarily single track and flat, but be prepared for the variety of soils hidden along the paths.
BLACK CREEK NATURAL WILDERNESS HIKING TRAIL
This wilderness hiking trail is tucked away in pristine De Soto National Forest. It is one of the finest hiking trails in all of the Southeastern U.S. The trail is situated along the Black Creek watershed, the only federally designated wild and scenic river in Mississippi.
BUCCANEER STATE PARK
Located on the beach in Waveland, Buccaneer is in a natural setting of large moss-draped oaks, marshlands and the Gulf of Mexico.
ENCHANTED NATURE TRAIL
The Enchanted Nature Trail is for children of all ages to spend time outdoors, connect with nature, and find peace in a beautiful space.
GULF ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE PARK
Gulf Islands National Seashore is a place of infinite riches: blue-green, sparkling waters, magnificent white beaches, and fertile coastal marshes.
Jones Park, located in Gulfport, Mississippi, offers visitors a variety of recreational fun and relaxation opportunities. A splash pad in the summer gives kids the perfect setting to be kids while cooling off in the flowing and misting water.
LOGTOWN SCENIC BYWAY TO SPACE
The Logtown Byway is a picturesque route that winds through hardwood trees and sleepy moss covered oaks that capture scenic views along the now extinct town of Logtown.
LUCEDALE DEPOT CREEK GREENWAY
Hiding in the core of Lucedale, the Depot Greenway protects 28 acres of exquisite native scenery.
MGCCC - ESTUARINE EDUCATION CENTER
The EEC provides a great service to the community, giving residents and visitors tourism opportunities, including birding, photography, and paddling.
This historic bridge spans across the Pascagoula River, offering a great spot for fishing and relaxing.
MISSISSIPPI COASTAL BIRDING TRAIL
Currently, the MCBT identifies and provides detailed information for over 40 sites used by local birders. These sites are historically prime for birdwatching in the 6 coastal counties of Mississippi.
MISSISSIPPI SANDHILL CRANE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
The sanctuary, established in 1975, works to protect the critically endangered Mississippi sandhill cranes and their unique and beautiful habitat.
NASA SCENIC BYWAY TO SPACE
The NASA Scenic Byway to Space encompasses more than 30 miles of land inside the Buffer Zone surrounding John C. Stennis Space Center.
NAPOLEON SCENIC BYWAY TO SPACE
The Napoleon Byway takes visitors on an interesting tour of the now extinct town that is laced with scenic beauty.
OLD WIRE BIKE TRAIL
The Old Wire Road Trail allows outdoor enthusiasts a way to ride their bicycles, walk, or jog in Stone County.
PEARLINGTON SCENIC BYWAY TO SPACE
Pearlington Byway stretches from the town of Pearlington and intersects Highway 607. Along the way, visitors can view pine plantations and an abundance of deer. One unique feature along the byway is a mid-1900’s highway rest area.
POSSUM WALK TRAILHEAD
This trail stretches along three miles of pristine marshes and Mississippi wetlands. The trail starts near the INFINITY Space Center and ends near the Pearl River and Logtown Cemetery.
PRESLEY'S OUTING/GOODE'S MILL LAKE
Goode’s Mill Lake is best known to locals of the area as Presley’s Outing.
SANDHILL CRANE FOUNTAINBLEAU TRAIL
The trail is an easy hike, taking visitors through a variety of wildlife habitats. Along the way, hikers have the opportunity to watch and learn about the rare birds and flora that are native and migratory to the region.
SANTA ROSA SCENIC BYWAY
The jewel of the Santa Rosa Scenic Byway is McLeod Park, which is a recreational haven and is full of camping sites, pavilions, boat launches, nature trails, river beaches and swimming areas.
SHEPARD STATE PARK
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.
SWEETBAY BOGS PRESERVE
The Sweetbay Bogs Preserve is located in Stone County and contains pristine and elegant hillside bogs.
THE CROSBY ARBORETUM
Ever since its inception, the Arboretum has strives to display vegetation and ecosystems native to Southern Mississippi. The mission of the Arboretum is to serve and study the native plants that share the planet with us.
THE PASCAGOULA RIVER AUDUBON CENTER
The Pascagoula River Audubon Center acts as a gateway to the Pascagoula River; the center sits atop a nature preserve that protects more than 35,000 acres of land along the Pascagoula River. Wildlife along this river is quite diverse, with some species found nowhere else on Earth.
The Tuxachanie Trail is the perfect hiking trail for you to unwind and savor the scenery. This trail is appreciated by hikers of all skill levels, with plenty of spots to rest during your journey.
Twelve Oaks is the local term for the copious amounts of historic oak trees that can be found along Old Fort Bayou. Many of these trees are believed to be around 400-years young.
WESTONIA SCENIC BYWAY TO SPACE
The drive on this scenic byway provides a spectacular view of thousands of acres of pine plantation with sporadic hardwood trees, including live oaks.