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Southern Mississippi Coast's Scenic State Parks
Embark on your next journey into southern Mississippi and prepare to explore a bounty of exciting and impressive state parks. From Shepard State Park in Guatier – not far from Moss Point and Biloxi – to the Percy Quin State Park in McComb, find you're new favorite southern MS state Park.
Near Hattiesburg, head for the De Soto National Forest and spend some time at the Paul B. Johnson State Park.
A highlight of the Pine Belt region in southern MS, the Paul B. Johnson State Park features the Trail of the Southern Pines, an ideal way to explore the park on foot. The Trail of the Southern Pines yields stunning views of the plant, bird and animal life of the area. Make your drive in from nearby Wiggins or Ellisville.
West of Hattiesburg is McComb, home of the Percy Quin State Park. At more than 1,700 acres, Percy Quin Sate Park is a popular destination for McComb locals throughout the year. Spring and summer visitors into Percy Quin State Park enjoy Lake Tangipahoa – be sure to fish, boat, and swim while you visit. Percy Quin State Park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s, making it one of the oldest state parks in MS.
Nearly a straight shot north from McComb, Lake Lincoln State Park is a charming and fun destination you'll certainly want to explore. Found in Wesson, Lake Lincoln State Park features a wealth of exciting activities – the kids will enjoy the playground, while the entire family can enjoy the Magnolia Cove, an 18-hole disc golf course. What would a visit to Lake Lincoln State Park be without some time spent at the actual Lake Lincoln?
Take advantage of excellent spring and summer conditions at Lake Lincoln and land your haul for the day – stock your tackle box with bait for bass, channel catfish, and white perch. Boaters can enjoy the nearly 550 acres of surface area at Lake Lincoln – there are a number of boat launching areas.
As the southern-most state park in MS, Buccaneer State Park is an excellent choice when you're exploring the coastline. Found in Waveland, which is a short drive from Gulfport, Buccaneer State Park is home to the Buccaneer Bay Waterpark, one of the top summer destinations along the MS coast. You'll also want to explore Pirate's Alley Nature Trail, a nearly two-mile trail ideal for checking out the coastal foliage.
Percy Quin State Park
Looking for a year-round state park with it all? Look no further than Percy Quin State Park in McComb, Mississippi. Encompassing the 700-acre Lake Tangipahoa, the 1,700-acre Percy Quin State Park features everything from jet skiing to bird watching. Hit the lake for water skiing, jet skiing, and tubing from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., or look forward to some swimming, boating, and fishing. Reel in bass, bream, catfish, and crappie from Lake Tangipahoa, or simply stretch out on the shore to relax and soak in some sun.
Try the fairways at the Quail Hollow Golf Course, the park’s championship golf course, and take advantage of hiking and biking trails throughout the park – especially the eight-mile trail encircling the lake. For some family fun, grab a picnic table or picnic pavilion for lunch, or stick around for a stunning sunset followed by some stargazing.
Buccaneer State Park
Coastal Mississippi is a popular destination for travelers looking for aquatic adventures and fun at state parks. Found just inland of the Mississippi Sound, Waveland is a charming city and home of the Buccaneer State Park.
What proves to be a popular summer destination, Buccaneer State Park seemingly bounces with activity, largely due in part to the Buccaneer Bay Waterpark. Head west along I-10 from Gulfport or Biloxi and check out Buccaneer State Park.
Southern Mississippi is an ideal destination and nearly any time of the year – Buccaneer State Park is a large reason why. There's a playground to keep the kids occupied for a bit, and the Pirate's Alley Nature Trail is a nearly two-mile long hiking and walking trail, perfect for bird watching. Be sure to check out Jackson's Ridge Dick Golf course, an 18-hole course yielding almost perfect views of the Gulf of Mexico.
Lake Lincoln State Park
On your next visit to Mississippi, head south and visit Wesson. A charming city found north of McComb along I-55, Wesson is home to the impressive Lake Lincoln State Park. Just another example on the long list of scenic and fun state parks in Mississippi, Lake Lincoln State Park is named for the actual Lake Lincoln, the centerpiece of the park.
With a bevy of hiking and nature trails, plenty of picnic spaces, and top-notch fishing, you're sure to create a lifetime of memories at Lake Lincoln State Park. With nearly 550 acres of swimable, boatable, and fishable water, Lake Lincoln is a popular destination for travelers and locals alike during the spring and summer months.
Anglers enjoy visiting Lake Lincoln – open year round, Lake Lincoln yields tremendous hauls of bass, bream, and white perch. Back on land, check out the Magnolia Cove Disc Golf Course. 18 holes of disc golf, making for an ideal afternoon activity with the whole family.
Paul B. Johnson State Park
Located in Hattiesburg, Magnolia State visitors are encouraged to explore Paul B. Johnson State Park on their next trip to southern Mississippi. A popular summer destination, and a short drive from Ellisville and Wiggins, the Paul B. Johnson State Park is named for former U.S. Representative Paul B. Johnson.
Enjoy picturesque views of Pine Belt Region, and be sure to hike the Trail of the Southern Pines. You'll also find well maintained trails, wildlife viewing, and playground equipment at this Mississippi state park. Summer visits should see you heading for Lake Geiger – fish, boat, water ski, and swim around the nearly 225 acres of lake.
Shepard State Park
Plan a visit to Mississippi and visit the coast for excellent views of the Gulf of Mexico, a range of beach activities, and impressive outdoor fun at local state parks. In Gautier, a short drive east from Biloxi, you'll discover the popular Shepard State Park – granting access to the Pascagoula River and playgrounds eqipment for the kids.
Check out Alligator Alley on your visit to Shepard State Park – 18 holes of disc golf and a great way to spend an afternoon. There are eight miles of nature trails, yielding excellent bird watching opportunities. You can launch your boat out onto the Pascagoula River at the St. Pierre Bayou. On any spring or summer day you visit, plan for a picnic at the picnic pavilion.