Davis Bayou Area

The Visitor Contact Station at Davis Bayou in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

William M. Colmer Visitor Center 

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The Davis Bayou Area is the only Mississippi area at Gulf Islands National Seashore accessible by car. The area offers many recreational opportunities for visitors to enjoy including fishing, hiking, biking, birdwatching, picnicking, and ranger-led programs. There are no swimming beaches in the Davis Bayou Area.

The area is anchored by the William M. Colmer Visitor Center is open daily. Visitors can find the park's passport stamp there, view a park orientation film and exhibits, and purchase items at the bookstore. Free park and trail maps, local orientation and other information is available.

 
Armadillo

An armadillo can be seen along the Davis Bayou Trail.

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Davis Bayou Amenities

The Davis Bayou Trail takes visitors through a coastal forest and over two local bayous. The trail is approximately two miles long. The short boardwalk over Stark Bayou is the only part of the trail that is wheelchair accessible. Bikes are not permitted on the trail. Trail guides are located at the William M. Colmer visitor Center.

The park's fishing pier is open and a Mississippi state saltwater fishing license is required.

Visitors may launch a boat from the boat ramp for a fee.

Three pavilions are available for reservation for group activities. Pavilion reservations can be made calling Special Use Permits Office at (850) 934-2605 or email e-mail us.

The Davis Bayou Campground is open to the public. A group camping area is also available by reservation for organized groups of 10 or more.

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