Davis Bayou Campground, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
(National Park/National Seashore)
Opinion: Recommended. The park is well maintained.
Amenities: A boat ramp, 5 pavilions, 2 fishing piers, picnic areas, Visitor Center/Park Headquarters, hiking trails, bicycling trail, and a campground.
Dates of Stay: February 7 – 9, 2017
Weather During Stay: 60’s and 70’s during the day, 50’s at night. One day was flash flood rainy with a threat of tornadoes. Heavy fog in the mornings.
Overview of Sites: 52 Sites – all sites range in length from 30 – 60 feet, back-in sites only, some need minor leveling, asphalt pads, most are shaded, electric and water, picnic table on a concrete slab, fire ring, campground dump station, and interior roads are paved. There is also a group camping area and rental cabins.
Laundry: No laundry on site. Good laundromat nearby: Coastal Coin Laundry, 2406 Government St., Ocean Springs
Restrooms: A clean and well stocked multi-person male restroom and a multi-stall female restroom on one side of the building and unisex private shower rooms on the other. Plenty of hot water.
Rate: We paid $22.00/night for 30/50 amps and water which is an average rate. Two week maximum stay. (If you are age 62 or older, and purchase a Senior Pass from the National Park System, the rate is half this price.)
Our Site/Phone/TV: Site 12, 54 foot long. Verizon and AT&T worked for phone, no wi-fi, over-the-air TV picks up several channels.
Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: This park is part of the National Park’s National Seashore that runs through Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. It is located next to a salt marsh known as Davis Bayou and the park has a freshwater pond on its grounds.
Lighting/Noise: No obtrusive lighting or noise at night.
Favorite Camper Sites: Site 18, 39 feet long. It is level, has nice separation between sites, and the jeep fits on the pad in front of the RV. We find the loop with sites 12-18 to be a nice, quiet place to stay. However, we have stayed in sites throughout the park and have always been happy with our site but some require more leveling than others.
RV Office: Reservations are made through the website (www.recreation.gov). Ranger Mike (he always remembers our name) runs the registration office (9 am – 4:30 pm) and there is a on site Camp Host (site #3) for after hours.
Good Toad Hook-Up/Un-Hook Site/Visitor Parking: We un-hook/hook-up in the park near pavilion 4 on Bob McGhee Road in a large parking lot prior to entering the campground. Parking is very tight in the campground so if you have visitors this is also a good place for them to park and walk the short distance into the campground.
Hiking/Walking/Biking: There are several short hiking/walking trails throughout the park: Nature’s Way Loop Trail 0.5 miles, CCC Spur trail 0.2 miles, and the Davis Bayou trail for 1 mile. The Live Oaks bicycling route winds along roads in the park for 2 miles and into the adjacent community of Ocean Springs for 7 miles.
Comments: Leashed pets are welcome everywhere in the park except beaches or in buildings. Beware of the “no-see-ums” bug season in spring.
Our Favorite Places to Go Out to Eat:
Near the Campground
The Tatonut Shop, 1114 Government St., Ocean Springs
Potato donuts, coffee, & tea (Very popular – if you can afford the calories)
Bayview Gourmet Restaurant, 1010 Robinson Ave., Ocean Springs
Breakfast & Brunch (Great Home Cooking/Sandwiches)
Woody’s Roadside Restaurant, 3008 Bienville Blvd., Ocean Springs
Best Burgers, seafood, & barbecue (Near the front gate of the park. – We had a blast here on several Friday night’s eating bison and elk burgers and playing rock bingo about music from the 60’s and 70’s.)
Bozos Seafood Market & Deli, 2012 Ingalls Ave., Pascagoula
Seafood market, deli, & the freshest seafood dishes (Very casual and reasonable – we get the boiled shrimp but the shrimp poboys look great)
Half Shell Oyster House 125 Lameuse St., Biloxi
Wonderful seafood (Great place for a special occasion or nice night out)
See our blog entry here.