Shepard State Park

Location: Southern Mississippi
Trip Starts: Ball Fields
Trip Ends: Ball Fields
Total Distance: 3 miles
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Trails Used: Palmetto Nature Trail
Trail Traffic: None
Trip Type: Day Hike
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Shepard State Park
1034 Graveline Road
Gautier, MS 39553
(228) 497-2244


This hike at Shepard State Park starts near the ball fields (which look more like abandon soccer fields than anything). We followed the gravel road down and to the left until we found signs for the Palmetto Trail which traverses a series of small wood footbridges over a bayou then enters a coastal forest. The trail loops through this wilderness then turns back to the starting point after a few miles. Visible on the trail are some tidal creeks, open marshland, and numerous items that were washed in the forest during Hurricane Katrina. We found everything from photo albums, tackle boxes, to a large dog house. Check with the ranger station before you head out, as the trail was extremely swampy (up to shin deep in some areas) during our hike.

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