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About Davis Bayou Campground

Davis Bayou Campground is located east of downtown Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and is a part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Visitors enjoy the campground for its easy access to boating, fishing, biking and hiking trails.

Recreation

Davis Bayou offers many recreational opportunities for visitors year-round such as fishing, boating, biking, bird watching, picnicking and attending ranger-led programs. Visitors may also enjoy hiking along the Davis Bayou Trail, which takes visitors through a coastal forest and over two local bayous, with an opportunity to see alligators and other reptiles. The campground offers easy access, a 1/2 mile, to the park's boat launch, as well as the scenic Davis Bayou Trail. The fishing pier, located near the Visitor Center, may be used by visitors who possess a Mississippi State Saltwater Fishing License.

Facilities

This small, yet quaint, campground is open for reservations year-round. It contains 52 sites with electric and water hookups. Sites can accommodate tents and RVs, big or small. The majority of the sites are 40+ feet in length.

A group site, with water hookup, is also available to parties with a minimum of 10 individuals and a maximum of 40. Amenities include flush toilets, showers, drinking water and a dump station.

Natural Features

The campground is nestled among live oaks and pine trees and is adjacent to a saltwater marsh. Most campsites offer some shade throughout the day and all offer a tranquil setting for migratory bird watching and picnicking.

Nearby Attractions

Davis Bayou is home to many of the park's highly visited barrier islands, such as Horn, Petit Bois, East Ship and West Ship islands. Private boaters may enjoy fishing and swimming, as well as beach combing and bird watching. Private boaters may also enjoy island camping on all islands except West Ship Island, which is only open to visitors from sunrise to sunset. The barrier islands are accessible by boat only, therefore you may visit with your own boat or by private charter. Visitors may call 228-875-9057, ext. 114, for a list of park-approved licensed boat operators. Ferries run to West Ship Island from Gulfport, MS during the months March through October. For more information about the ferry service, please call Ship Island Excursions at 228-864-1014.

ADA Access: N

Sites
52
Access
Drive In, Walk In, Hike In, Boat In
Operator
National Park Service
Features
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ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
No WiFi
Location
Davis Bayou Campground is located in Mississippi
Latitude
30.398 N
Longitude
-88.796 W
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Directions
From Pensacola or Mobile, or other points east on I-10: Travel west to Exit 57, Gautier/Ocean Springs. Turn left (South) onto MS Hwy 57. Travel 1/2 mile and take a right at the red light (Hwy 90). Look for brown sign on right, Park road on left. Stay straight to enter Gulf Islands National Seashore, Davis Bayou. Follow signs to Davis Bayou Campground and Registration Office. From Pascagoula or other points east on Hwy 90: Travel west on Hwy 90 until you enter Ocean Springs city limits. Take a left on Park Road, entering Gulf Island National Seashore Parkway. Stay straight to enter the Visitor Center. Follow signs to Davis Bayou Campground and Registration Office. From Gulfport, Biloxi or other points west on Hwy 90: Travel east on Hwy 90 until you enter Ocean Springs city limits. Take a right onto Park Road, entering Gulf Island National Seashore Parkway. Stay straight to enter the Visitor Center. Follow signs to Davis Bayou Campground Registration Office. From New Orleans, Slidell, Diamondhead or other points west on I-10: Travel east to Exit 50 MS 609/Ocean Springs. Keep right (South) on Washington Ave. toward Ocean Springs. In 2.5 miles turn left at the Red Light onto Bienville Blvd/Hwy 90 east. Turn right on Park Road entering Gulf Islands National Seashore Parkway. Stay straight to enter the Visitor Center. Follow signs to Davis Bayou Campground and Registration Office.
8 Reviews of Davis Bayou Campground
Right in the heart of Ocean Springs

Located directly off Highway 90 in Ocean Springs, this campground has water and electric hookups, along with clean bathrooms. Lots of nature trails and outdoor exploring inside the campground.

Close to Ocean Springs, Ms.

This is a popular park during the winter months as it is a National Park. Reserve early. No wifi, no laundry but clean bathrooms and shower. Electric and water at the campsites and a dump station is available. Close to town and all the good eats. Nice clean park.

casino close

stayed here 1 night, part of national park system can use access pass, ac in bathrooms, electric, water, no sewers, has dump station, short drive to great restaurants and casinos!

Great Campground

In order to reserve a space, you will need to check for openings on recreation.gov and then check into the visitors' building. There are showers, bathrooms, and water available on site. There is also a campground host present and a few trails within the park. If you want to go to the beach, Front Beach of Ocean Springs is only a 15 minute drive and it is very clean and uncrowded.

Nice Quiet Comfortable

This is a small but very nice campground. It has One bathroom and shower building. We have tent camped here twice. Both times was awesome. My parents have stayed in a camper twice. Cruising the coast is a great time to stay. It books early for that time of the year.

Quaint and Beautiful

It was great to visit this hidden gem again and I was pleasantly surprised at what great shape it was in following Hurricane Irma and other tropical storms last year. We visited in late November/early December so the bugs weren't too bad at all. We did experience an incredible line of thunderstorms but managed to get some exploring in before the weather moved in.

There are only a few sites here and they are quite small, perfect for small RVs, tents or sleeping in your car. Large oaks and other vegetation provide ample shade for the cooler fall months. Our two four legged fellas enjoyed the flat open grass/dirt area around the campsite and were able to be on their leads without wandering too far in to the thick brush on the edge of the site.

There's a small picnic table that can be moved quite easily as well as well maintained fire rings at each site. There is fresh water available and electric hookups at each site. The bathrooms are clean, as are the showers. The ranger at the entrance station was friendly and chatty. From the campground you can walk along the road (back toward the Visitor's Center) a ways and the duck into the woods or jump on the boardwalk. Keep your eyes peeled, there are some impressive alligators hanging around.

Classic Bayou and National Seashore

This is an amazing area for exploring the Bayou by kayak and trails. We loved the diversity of environments, from dense mature hardwoods to marshes to the beach and of course the bayous.

Yay: nature center is great and rangers lead free hikes. The campground is medium sized, wooded but fairly open. It’s a simple campground but does have showers and some hookups. It’s very close to civilization, which may or may not be a selling point for you.

Nay: no tent only sites, but not bad.

Surprise: a few campsites are right next to the water! If you only camp in one place in MS I recommend this one.

First to Review
Coastal Camping

This campground is operated by the NPS and is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. This is the smaller of the two campgrounds in the National Seashore, the other one being Fort Pickens in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Open year round, this spot has easy access to boating and fishing and provides a nice spot for visiting some of the outer islands of the park. However, the ferry service out to the islands does not operate year round. For more information on how to access the islands without your own boat, check out the NPS website.

This campground is nice and relatively quiet because generators are not allowed. Do note that the busy season is January through March (not the middle of the summer). So if you plan on visiting during this time of year, be sure to reserve your spot early. The campground has nice restrooms and clean showers.

Because this is a part of the NPS, there is a nice Visitor's Center on site and Ranger programs happen frequently. For more information regarding current events and programs, visit : https://www.nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/upload/062817_MS_SummerRangerPrograms_Printable.pdf

If you're looking to spend time at the National Seashore, don't forget to check out the lesser known side here in Mississippi! We will be retuning to this campground this winter and I can't wait!