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From primitive camping to full-service RV accommodations to cozy cabins, Mississippi's State Parks are fantastic places to stay. For complete information, click here.
The Gloster Arboretum was founded in 1956 by the late Sara & Frank Gladney, of Baton Rouge, LA. In 1965 the Gladneys established the John James Audubon Foundation to manage the 400 acre tract to preserve the unique indigenous plant associations with special care being given to the beech, magnolias, stewartia, mountain laurel, rhododendrons, viburnums and other native species, and to protect & enhance the special population of non-indigenous plantings introduced by the Gladneys and others. Visitation hours are daylight to dark seven days a week. Self-guided tour map available at site. Free admission.
The Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge are co-located in the Center. The Reserve and Refuge encompass some 25,000 acres of coastal wet pine savanna and estuarine habitats, including maritime forest, tidal salt marsh, salt pannes, bays and bayous located in coastal Mississippi and Alabama. Established in 1990’s these protected areas serve to help protect some of the largest remaining expanses of Gulf Coast wet pine savanna habitat and estuary habitat in Mississippi. The facility includes an interpretative area as well as trails and boating/fishing on site.
Open Mon - Sat 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Entry is free. (Closed weekends and holidays.)
Birding and wildlife viewing in a coastal marsh dominated by tidal flows, mudflats exposed at low tide; wildlife nests and feeds in the marsh, herons, rails, plovers, sandpipers, killdeer, stilts, yellow-legs, coots, loons, cormorants, grebes, gulls, terns, pelicans, owls, hawks, osprey; optimum viewing times early spring, late fall during neotropical bird migration. Note: This is a public hunting area. Check for hunting areas and seasons.
Birding and wildlife viewing in a wilderness island park; 12-14 miles offshore, beaches, dunes, lagoons; endangered brown pelicans, bald eagles, sea turtles, more than 250 species of birds use islands to nest or as stop-over habitat during seasonal migrations; lizards, snakes, rare sea turtles, alligators in marshes; charter boats to wilderness islands, ferry to Ship Island; fishing in wilderness waters; beaches, coastal marshes, and dense maritime forests.
150-acre botanical prairie in Bienville National Forest, neotropical birds, prairie warbler, indigo bunting, blue grosbeak, yellow-breasted chats, common yellowthroat, during spring and summer
This area consists of 330 areas of wetlands, bottomland hardwoods, waterfowl food plots, and moist soil units. The primary objective of this area is the development, restoration, and enhancement of waterfowl habitat with special emphasis on public access and environmental interpretation. Some of the wildlife in the area includes Fox, Gray Squirrels, White-Tail Deer, Swamp and Cottontail Rabbits, Beaver, Bobcats, Raccoon, Pileated Woodpeckers, Red-Headed Woodpeckers, Opossum, Quail, Mourning Doves, various species of Ducks and Wild Turkey. A 100 acre green tree reservoir and two shorebird wading ponds are also located in this area. Trails, bridges, and observation decks provide visitors with opportunities to view an assortment of wildlife. Displays provide information about wetland habitats and wildlife species. This area is closed to hunting.
Provides habitat resources for more than 250 songbirds, wading birds, waterfowl and raptor species
Birding and wildlife viewing on 189,000-acre national forest; bottomland hardwood; bayous, steep ridges, longleaf pine, clear gravel bottomed stream, red-cockaded woodpecker, Bachman's sparrows in longleaf pine habitat, endemic trillium foetidissimum, many species of neotropical migrants in spring and fall; nature trails, hiking, mountain biking, primitive and developed camping, swimming, horse back riding trails, and shooting range.
Perched on a rocky bluff overlooking the Tennessee River, J.P. Coleman State Park offers the finest in all types of water sports.
Biking Trail and Bird and Wildlife watching.
New cypress lodge sitting on beautiful lake, quiet country atmosphere offering great wildlife viewing, bass fishing, meals provided.
THE OFFICIAL TOURISM RESOURCE FOR THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI