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One Tank Trip for Mississippi Camping
Total mileage / average drive time:
47.6 miles – 1 hour
If Mississippi somehow always seems
to slip off your travel itinerary, you may want to make sure it makes the cut when planning your next swing through the South. As the undisputed Antebellum Capital of the South, Mississippi is quickly becoming a favorite destination for lovers of the great outdoors and displays some of the most beautiful landscapes you’ll ever find.
Your first stop on your driving tour of Mississippi is Gautier on the Gulf Coast. Resting on the largest distributary of the West Pascagoula River, Gautier is an exceptional destination for anglers. You could probably spend an entire summer exploring the 80-mile-long river and its bayous and tributaries and still not see
it all. One way to get your feet wet here
is to take a two-, four-, or eight-hour interpretive tour with Eco Tours of South Mississippi and get a firsthand introduction to the cypress swamps and salt marshes of the lower Pascagoula River. Keep an eye out for alligators, egrets, bald eagles, and ospreys. There are around 300 species of plants that add to the beauty of the bayou, including lilies and orchids. For more great birding and wildlife viewing opportunities, pay a visit to the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge consisting of more than 19,000 acres of open wet pine savannas, flatwoods, and carnivorous plants. You read that right — carnivorous. Now, isn’t that worth a look?
17.7 miles – 22 minutes
From Gautier, it’s a short drive to Biloxi. No less than eight flags have flown over this incredible city during its early days before Mississippi finally became a state in 1817. One thing that hasn’t changed from its beginnings is Biloxi’s ongoing use as a popular summertime resort. Its subtropical climate provides the perfect weather for golf, fishing, kayaking, and a slew of other outdoor activities. You’ll also find that Biloxi is a great destination for imbibing in a little gambling and partaking in luxurious surroundings, exquisite food, and top entertainment — a bit of a break from nature and all those outdoor activities. You can’t come all this way and not explore some of Biloxi’s amazing history. Start at the Beauvoir, home of the only President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis. The 51-acre estate fronts the Gulf and was also once the site of the Mississippi Confederate Soldier’s Home, which cared for hundred of Southern veterans and their wives. Make your way over to the Biloxi Schooners Maritime and Seafood Museum where you’ll step aboard an authentic replica of a Biloxi oyster schooner. From this vantage point, you’ll view the beautiful coastline and islands as you’ve never seen them before while reliving a little part of Biloxi’s rich history.
13 miles – 16 minutes
Your next stop is Gulfport, just a few minutes’ drive from Biloxi. One of the most popular destinations in Mississippi, Gulfport is a city with much to love. Grab your clubs and head for one of several first-class courses or maybe you’d rather spend some time cooling off at Gulf Islands Waterpark, an 18-acre, wet-and-wild adventure. Whatever you’re looking for, Gulfport has you covered. To explore the Mississippi Barrier Islands, book a 50-minute cruise with Ship Isle Excursions. These islands are the last undeveloped barrier islands in the U.S. and a popular venue for lounging on the beach or doing a little beachcombing for shells. Keep an eye out for dolphins playing in the ship’s wake!
Bay St. Louis
16.9 miles – 23 minutes
From beautiful Gulfport, head for Bay St. Louis, less than half an hour away. Once claimed as a territory for King Louis XIV of France, Bay St. Louis is filled with natural beauty and sparkling waters and easily encapsulates the serenity of the coast. Visiting the Old Town, you get the feeling of a bygone era as you walk along the tree-lined streets. Specialty shops, quaint restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and even ice cream parlors are found throughout Old Town and offer travelers a little peaceful reprise from their hectic travels. Once you’ve finished exploring Old Town, head over to the NASA John C. Stennis Space Center Visitor Center for a free tour of America’s largest rocket engine test complex and museum. Lab exhibits, an actual space shuttle main engine, and even a moon rock are on display here, and tours begin right on the launch pad. If you’ve always had one eye on the stars, this is one stop you won’t want to miss!
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