Shepard State Park is a beautiful park located in Gautier, Mississippi, that offers visitors a wide range of recreational activities and amenities. The park is situated on the banks of the Pascagoula River also known as the Sing 🎶 River. Legend tells how the friendly Pascagoula Indian tribe walked hand in hand ✋ into the Pascagoula River singing instead of fighting the hostile Biloxi tribe. On some nights it is said the death chants can be heard coming from river. We only heard owls 🦉 during our stay.
One of the main attractions of the park is its camping facilities. The park has 28 RV sites, 10 tent sites, and several cabins that visitors can rent. The RV sites have water and electrical hookups, and the tent sites are located in a shady, wooded area near the river. The cabins are fully furnished and include air conditioning, heat, and kitchenettes.
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The park also has several hiking trails that wind through the wooded areas and along the river. The trails vary in length and difficulty, making them suitable for hikers of all skill levels. Visitors can also take a leisurely stroll on the boardwalk that runs along the riverbank.
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Trails to hike within the park
- Yellow Trail: This trail is a 1.5-mile loop that winds through a wooded area and offers views of the Pascagoula River. The trail is relatively flat and is suitable for all skill levels.
- Blue Trail: This trail is a 2.5-mile loop that takes visitors through a wooded area and along the river. The trail offers views of several native plants and wildlife, including deer and birds.
- Oscar Trail: We hiked this trail and highly recommend. This trail is a 3-mile loop that takes visitors through a wooded area and along the river. The trail is more challenging than the other trails in the park and includes some steep inclines.
- Boardwalk Trail: This trail is a 0.25-mile boardwalk that runs along the riverbank. The trail is suitable for all skill levels and offers beautiful views of the river and surrounding natural scenery.
- Nature Trail: This trail is a 0.5-mile loop that winds through a wooded area and offers views of several native plants and wildlife.
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Money saving tip: Buy the annual national parks pass. The National Park Pass will also allow access to all the national monuments. If you plan on being in any of the National Parks more than three times within a year then you will save money. The pass will sometimes allow discounts to camping in the National Forest 🌳. There’s also discounts for seniors which can be applied against camping threw out America. Other discounts apply so please read the eligibility which can save you more money. We estimate we saved over $600 in park fees. “I googled my symptoms… turned out I just need to go camping”
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Our thoughts 💭 Shepard State Park –
Overall, Shepard State Park is a great destination for anyone looking to enjoy nature and the outdoors. Whether you’re interested in camping, fishing, hiking, or just relaxing in the beauty of nature, this park has something to offer everyone. So, if you’re looking for a peaceful getaway in Mississippi, be sure to check out Shepard State Park.
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