by Phyllis Dufrene
Best little campground in coastal Mississippi!
Of all of the places I have stayed in my long travels this summer I still love Shepard Park in Gautier, MS the best.
Let me explain. It’s close at about ½ hour from my bricks and sticks home, and it’s small and quiet. At least it was quiet when I visited on Easter weekend of this year, and about ¾ of the sites were filled.
So much to do!
This park is in the middle of the Singing River area (Pascagoula River) and has a rich background in Pascagoula Indian history. But that is a story for another day.
The sites are awesome. Since I had never been to this park, and this was only my second ever solo camping trip, I was a little hesitant about choosing a site. Turns out the one I picked was right on a trailhead, so I wasn’t lonely, that’s for sure. I scouted the campground and found several of the other sites to be quite awesome with views over the river and marshes.
There are only 28 RV sites with water and electric hookups. Additionally, there are three tent-only areas available. I didn’t see them but they are listed on the website. There is a very nice bathhouse, and a small store with ice and firewood available.
Some of the amenities are a dog park, archery range, disc golf, boat launch, and hiking trails. With that said, the trail I walked was slightly overgrown. I did acquire some hitchhiking ticks along the way, as well. After my tick episode, I stuck to the main roads in the campground, which is fairly level and many people were riding bicycles. The boardwalk trail was short and well-kept.
Close to everything!
A Crawfish Feast
One of the things I loved about it here, is how close it is to everything. I arrived late afternoon and didn’t feel like cooking so I drove into town in about 10 minutes. I picked up some boiled crawfish at “Killer Crab and Seafood” brought it back to my site and had a traditional Good Friday meal in my camper that night.
The next day I explored the park, did a bit of hiking, and found out where the best sites are.
Small but mighty!
Since this park is so small it books out quickly, especially for holidays and when the weather is more moderate. To me, April was a perfect time. I didn’t experience any flying insects, and it was not super-hot yet.
If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing camping experience this park is for you! I’d like to plan a Girl Camper event here but will need to plan it way ahead. Keep your eyes open for this event coming soon.
See you at the campfire!
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