Nature Tourism


The Pascagoula River Audubon Center is a gateway to the Pascagoula River, its habitats and the diverse assemblage of organisms that inhabit, or visit the river basin throughout the year.  Apart from providing visitors and students direct exposure and experience within such a rich environment, the center serves as a demonstration site for environmentally-friendly concepts and a portal to nature based programs applicable to any and all visitors.

For travelers and tourists, the Center provides an opportunity to visit and experience one of the last free-flowing river systems in the contiguous United States, and experience multiple on site conservation techniques and practices that can be applied

in their own backyards.  The Center's programming introduces key concepts of watershed protection, management, and stewardship, and connects visitors with the broader network of Audubon Centers, other nature-based facilities, and sites across the region and country.


For local families, (including those with home-school children), the Center provides a readily accessible portal to the river to which they may not otherwise have direct access.  For this audience, the Center provides opportunities for multiple visits where they can enjoy the scenic values and learn about the ways and means of incorporating environmentally-based concepts in their lives and backyards.


Pascagoula River Audubon Center

7001 Frank Griffin Road

Moss Point, MS 39563






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The Pascagoula River, the longest unimpeded river in the lower 48 states, flows 80 miles from its confluence to the Gulf of Mexico.  Alligators and migratory birds–pelicans, ospreys, herons, egrets and even bald eagles-are abundant, along with a myriad of other wildlife.  300 species of plants including wild lilies and orchids enhance the beauty of the bayou.


2 hour, 4 hour or full-day interpretive tours introduce you to the natural habitats of the cypress swamps and salt marshes of the lower Pascagoula River or the coastal barrier islands.


Eco-Tours of South Mississippi will be happy to book your trip now.  Just call (228) 297-TOUR (8687) or e-mail





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McCoy's River and Swamp tours leave from the Pascagoula River Audubon Center in Moss Point, MS. The tour, on average, last two hours and travels through the old growth swamps and tidal marshes of the River.  The Pascagoula is one of the last free flowing rivers in the upper 48 states. Because of its pristine state, the biodiversity of the basin is very impressive.  This offers a great opportunity for visitors to see a multitude of wildlife including migratory birds that use the river basin throughout the year, shore and water birds, American alligators, and many more animals that call the river basin home.


Regular days and times of the tour are:  Tuesday, Thursday, 10:00am and 2:00pm each day, and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. only.


Interested partys must call Captain Benny McCoy at 228.219.4583 to reserve a seat on the boat, or to discuss other arrangements for large groups or parties. Feel free to call the center for more information at 228.475.0825


McCoy's River and Swamp tours are fully certified by the US Coast Guard and insured.  Lifejackets are available and mandatory for children under the age of 12.




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Full Service Paddling Company Offering:

Guided Kayak Tours

Kayak Rentals

Kids Nature Camps

Group Excursions

Over Night Expeditions

Team Building Programs

Outdoor Festivals





Kayak Rentals @ The Kayak Shed

Located Behind the

Shed BBQ and Blues Joint on Hwy 57

Winter Hours-we will take reservations with a 24 hour notice.

Call to reserve and we will be happy to meet you there and get you on the water.






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Mississippi's finest beaches are located on Ship Island. Tranquil stretches of barrier island shore invite you to picnic, explore and relax. Leave the automobiles and stress of the mainland behind. Pristine gulf waters surrounding Ship Island attract swimmers, snorkelers, and boogie boarders. Ship island is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore and one of five Mississippi barrier islands located approximately 11 miles south of Gulfport and Biloxi.




Ship Island is home to Fort Massachusetts, a beautifully preserved brick fortification completed in 1868. The National Park Service offers fort tours during the season the ferries operate.  The excursion boats arrive at the end of a 400-foot pier near the fort on the Mississippi Sound side or north shore of West Ship Island. In addition to history, the unspoiled island provides visitors excellent birding, shelling, and hiking opportunities.







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Gold Coast Skydivers, a USPA Group Member, is located in Lumberton, Mississippi just 20 minutes south of Hattiesburg and offers a breath taking view from 14,000 ft. Our drop zone services Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Northwest Florida. We are a convenient drive from all major areas on the Gulf Coast.



Gold Coast Skydivers has been in operation since April 1993. We are the only place to skydive in the state of Mississippi. Whether you are just learning or you are an experienced skydiver, we want you to come out and become part of our skydiving family.


We take great pride in offering the best service to all our customers whether it is your 1st skydive or your 1000th skydive. Our goal is for you to make a safe and fun skydive while we show you some of our southern hospitality.



3865 Hwy 13

Lumberton, MS 39455


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 The Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Gulf Coast Refuge Complex, which includes Grand Bay NWR and Bon Secour NWR.

The refuge was established in 1975 under authority of the Endangered Species Act to protect the critically endangered Mississippi sandhill cranes and their unique, and itself endangered, wet pine savanna habitat.

Wildlife observation at Mississippi Sandhill Crane is made easy with great trails that travel through multiple habitats. From wetlands to savannas, pitcher plant bogs and cypress groves- the refuge trail system offers many opportunities to get into nature.



The trails are not crane observation trails, but are wonderful for the many other plants and birds that make Mississippi their home. Come during each season to see the different wildflowers in bloom.




7200 Crane Lane

Gautier, MS 39553





C.L. Dees Nature Trail and Fontainebleau Nature Trail


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