Shepard State Park

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Shepard State Park

Mississippi

(228) 497-2244

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Things To Do

Overview

Shepard State Park is nestled in the heart of Singing River (Pascagoula River) country, where legend has it that members of the Pascagoula Indian nation linked hands and walked into the Pascagoula River rather than be taken captive by hostile Indian tribes. The mournful death chant they sang as they walked earned the Pascagoula River the nickname "'Singing River."' Tales of the heroic exploits of French and Spanish settlers and romantic legends of the Pascagoula and Biloxi Indians are standard fare in the scenic coastal area surrounding Shepard State Park.

Map of Shepard (MS)

Latitude, Longitude: 30.378768, -88.633848

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Activities

  • Boating

    A boat ramp for small watercraft is located inside the park and is available for public use. It provides acess to the mouth of the Singing River by way of St. Pierre Bayou. A boat launch fee is charged.

  • Bicycling

    No information available at this time.

  • Camping

    The park has twenty-eight sites with water and electricity, picnic tables and grills. There is a centrally located bath house and a dump station. All campsites may be reserved in advance. There are approximately thirty primitive sites located in 3 seperate areas for tent camping. Some have picnic tables and grills. These sites are non-reservable and they are on a first come, first-serve basis. One of the areas is located under large White Oaks and Magnolia trees, another is located by the boat ramp and the other is in a secluded area of the park. Shepard State Park also offers tent group camping to organizations of 10 or more such as Boy Scouts, Church groups, etc. A group rate is available by calling the park ofice. Reservations are highly recommended.

  • Golfing

    Alligator Alley is an 18 hole disc golf course. It is a well maintained, wooded course along the Lamotte Bayou. Designed for accuracy rather than for power on the front nine, with a mixture of power and accurancy on the back nine. Hand-painted direction and tee signs make this course easy to follow and enjoyable to play. Day use entry fee allows use of disc golf course.

  • Hiking

    Approximately eight miles of trails on the grounds of the park offer many areas for exploring. On these trails you will come into contact with the true beauty of this park. From the majestic oaks to the unique wet lands, there is a lot to see on these trails. The trails expand over five different locations.

  • Picnicking

    A spacious area shaded by majestic oaks and towering long leaf pines provides a haven for picnickers. The park's picnic sites feature tables and grills with an occupancy of between 40 and 50 people. The large picnic pavilion is available to groups by reservation. A playground, stage, playing fields and restroom are available in this area.

  • RVing

    The park has twenty-eight sites with water and electricity, picnic tables and grills. There is a centrally located bath house and a dump station. All campsites may be reserved in advance.

Park Partners

ReserveAmerica

ReserveAmerica provides online campsite reservations for the park.

Directions

Driving

3 miles west of Pascagoula, south of US 90 at Gautier.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(228) 497-2244

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