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Davis Bayou Campground

Check out our Davis Bayou Campground review. It is one of the best campgrounds near Ocean Springs, MS.

alligator in the water at Davis Bayou in Mississippi

The second stop of our Gulf Camping Trip was Davis Bayou Campground. This federal campground is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Davis Bayou Camping

While planning our holiday camping trip, we stumbled upon Davis Bayou. There was only one spot available for the dates we wanted, so we snagged it. It was site 16, which we think was the second best campsite of the campground after site 38.

campsite 16 at Davis Bayou Campground

This campground had the magical national park feel that we so love. While our first stop at Buccaneer State Park was in an open dune area, this was set amongst tall pines.

This recreation area is located near a residential area so that you can hear regular neighborhood sounds in the distance. There are gates and roads that lead to these, which area residents utilize for recreation and to reach their homes.

The campground has a gate that closes automatically at sundown. Campers can get the gate code at check-in or by calling ahead if arriving after dark.

campsite 38 at Davis Bayou Campground

The campground only has 50 sites, which fill up quickly, particularly in the winter months. Each is paved and has water & electricity, a picnic table, and a fire pit.

a view of several campsites at the Davis Bayou Campground

Several of the sites are short, which necessitates the parking of your tow vehicle in overflow parking. Many of the sites have a slope, so plan accordingly and bring some leveling blocks with you.

The bathhouse has women’s and men’s sides with 3 toilet stalls each and 4 individual shower rooms accessed on the back of the building. There is a dump station available.

huge tree along the side of the road at the Davis Bayou Campground in Ocean Springs, MS

Part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore

Davis Bayou has many things to do. The most popular activities are looking for alligators in the bayou, kayaking, and fishing. There are several boardwalks. Most of boardwalks were closed when we visited in December 2020, due to damage from Hurricane Zeta.

wooden patio overlooking the bayou behind the Davis Bayou Visitor Center

The fishing pier along the inlet had been rebuilt and was open when we were there. We enjoyed sitting and looking at the water from this location. The visitor center has great exhibits!

view of the bay at Davis Bayou National Seashore

We enjoyed our time at this hidden nugget near Biloxi. Some day we hope to return as part of a visit to all of the Gulf Islands National Seashore properties.

After Davis, we headed east to Dauphin Island Campground. We also recommend Big Lagoon State Park.

sunset over the bayou in Mississippi
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