Great Camping Awaits at Gulf Islands National Seashore, MS

Gulf Islands National Seashore in Mississippi is just one of many nice campgrounds I have found during my years of RVing.

It's a lovely and convenient place to camp and is also inexpensive, especially if you have a senior citizen National Park Pass.

Gulf Islands National Seashore Ocean Springs, MS
Sondra Rochelle

Location

You can find Gulf Islands National Seashore on US 90 just a few miles east of the new, beautiful bridge that connects Ocean Springs to Biloxi, MS.

There aren't many signs, so you have to pay attention when trying to find it.

The drive into the campground is about two miles and takes you through beautiful forest, marshlands, picnic and fishing areas.

The park has good amenities and is safe, well located and beautifully maintained.


The Details

Gulf Islands National Seashore offers

  • large sites
  • 50 amp electric,
  • water,
  • a dump station,
  • shower and bathroom facilities,
  • hiking trails and
  • a small marina with a boat launch.
RV travelers can set up camp and stay as long as 14 days per visit.  Since this is a national park, after the 14 days campers must leave for at least 2 days before they can return.  They can stay a total of 42 days per year, including stays in all national parks.

Since the campground is usually fairly empty, travelers can easily find campsites, even if they arrive late in the day. Recently, however, the park decided to require reservations which must be made at least three days in advance by contacting Reserve America. 


So, you can just show up if you like, but you'll only be able to stay a day or two because you won't have time to reserve a spot unless you want to camp elsewhere for three days and then return!

The cost is $22 per night, but if you have a National Park Pass you pay $11.  

This is pretty good considering that the local campgrounds all charge upwards of $35 per night.

Even though it’s inexpensive, it gives campers a beautiful place to stay and easy access to the beautiful Biloxi/Gulfport casino resort area.


A Safe Place to Camp

One thing I really like about camping at this RV park is that it is safe.

A park ranger patrols the area regularly and there is usually a camp host on duty to give help when it is needed.

One thing to be careful of at Gulf Islands National Seashore is the dumpster area.

When the fishing is good, fishermen often dump fish entrails into the dumpsters. This creates a horrid smell.

You’d be wise to pick a spot that is as far away from this area as possible during fishing season so that you can fully enjoy your visit.


A Truly Wonderful Place


Gulf Islands National Seashore Ocean Springs offers RV camping that is secure, beautiful, comfortable and inexpensive.

The local community offers many tourist attractions including casino hotel resorts, easily accessible white sand beaches, nice shopping areas and friendly people.

The next time you’re in Southern Mississippi, swing on by.

I'm sure you'll learn to love RV camping at Gulf Islands National Seashore as much as I do.