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Davis Bayou Campground, MS

part ofGulf Islands National Seashore, National Park Service
Photo: Davis Bayou Campground
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Pets Allowed
  • Showers
Within 10 Miles
  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • Between the busy season of January 1 through March 31, campers may stay a maximum of 14 consecutive days in Davis Bayou Campground. Between April 1 through December 31, campers may stay a maximum of 28 days total, in two 14 day increments.

  • Campers are limited to 42 nights in a calendar year.

  • If arriving more than 24 hours after the start of your reservation, call (228) 875-3962 or your reservation will be cancelled and a $20 no-show fee plus the cost of the first night's stay will be charged.

  • All sites permit two tents in addition to one RV (motorhome/fifth-wheel/pop-up trailer).

  • All sites allow a maximum of eight occupants and two vehicles per site.

  • Generators are not permitted at any time in the campground.

  • Gathering of down, dead wood is permitted only in the campground, not along trails or in the forest. Do not bring out-of-state firewood. You may purchase firewood outside the park in Ocean Springs.

  • Automatic gates are now in place at Davis Bayou. The gates will close at sunset; registered campers arriving after sunset need to call 850-934-2622 no later than 3:30 p.m. for the gate code. Please have your reservation number available to confirm your reservation and receive the gate code; non-registered campers must arrive prior to sunset

  • For more information, visit the Gulf Islands National Seashore website at www.nps.gov/guis.
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    30.39782, -88.79552
    30°23'52"N, 88°47'44"W

    From Pensacola, Mobile or other points east on I-10: Travel west to Exit 57, Gautier/Ocean Springs. Turn left onto MS Hwy 57. Turn right onto Vancleave Road. Travel 1/2 mile and take a slight left onto Ocean Springs Road. 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 onto Gulf Island National Seashore Parkway. Stay straight to enter the park. Follow signs to Davis Bayou Campground and Registration Office.

    From Gulf Port, Biloxi or other points west on Hwy 90: Travel east on Hwy 90 until you enter Ocean Springs city limits. Take a right onto Gulf Island National Seashore Parkway. Stay straight to enter the park. 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 to take MS-609 ramp towards Ocean Springs. Merge onto Washington Ave. In 2.5 miles turn left onto Bierrville Blvd/Hwy 90 east. Turn right onto Gulf Islands National Seashore Parkway. Stay straight to enter the park. Follow signs to Davis Bayou Campground and Registration Office.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    Davis Bayou Campground
    3500 Park Road
    Ocean Springs  MS  39564

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (850)934-2622
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