Nature tourism thrives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Visitors to our area can choose from a vast array of eco-tourism experiences. Available activities include an alligator farm, several nature conservancies, national and state parks, and hiking trails, as well as museums dedicated to teaching us about our habitat and how to be better stewards. Click here to see a video sample of our eco-tourism attractions.
The 81 mile long Pascagoula River is the last unregulated major river system in the lower 48 states. A tour of this amazing river beings in brackish water (which is a combination of saltwater and freshwater) and leads you into the freshwater portion of the river. Along the way you see many types of birds including osprey, bald eagles, red-winged black birds, and herons so be sure to bring your binoculars for birdwatching. Other wildlife seen include alligators, beaver and otters.
The Wolf River, which beings just east of Poplarville, was named for the red wolf, once found throughout the southeastern US. Although you won’t see any red wolves along the river today, you may see other wildlife including fox, coyote, deer, turkey, rabbits and many songbirds. The river takes a 66 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico, going from piney woods to the saltwater marshes. A canoe or kayak trip along the Wolf River can be fully guided or self guided.
The Jourdan River Blueway and the Old Fort Bayou Blueway offer birding and wildlife observation from a canoe or kayak. The Old Fort Bayou Blueway meanders through the Mississippi Sandhill Crane Wildlife Refuge and other conservation properties affording the observer the opportunity to see the native habitat of wildlife. If you’re lucky, you may even see the endangered Sandhill Crane!