Tourism on Two Wheels: Bicycle Trails on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

A vacation to the Mississippi Gulf Coast is an opportunity to enjoy the sun, the sand, and the communities that make this region special.  An afternoon ride along the sandy shores of the Coast can give visitors a unique perspective. A day trip on a vintage bike or a guided historic tour on two wheels is a great way to experience the Mississippi Gulf Coast. There is no shortage of ways to make cycling on the coast a part of any Mississippi adventure.

The Live Oaks Bicycle Route is a round-trip path through the lush, shaded greenways and tranquil beauty of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Stops along the way allow visitors an opportunity to learn about the natural beauty of the region along a well-marked path.

Stop for a picnic at the William M. Colmer Visitor Center and pick up a map for the bicycle route inside. The trail stretches from the Davis Bayou Area to the town, connecting at the Old Louisville and Nashville Train Depot, in a 15.5-mile loop. Davis Bayou offers a range of outdoor activities, hiking trails, and campgrounds. In Ocean Springs, be sure to take a rest under the shade at Marshall Park.

Or head next door to Pascagoula’s Historic Pascagoula Bike Trail. This trail is a must for any fan of cycling, nature, history, and coastal culture. Over a dozen points of interest mark the path while cruising through this picturesque coastal community. Visitors can ride past Mississippi-born singer Jimmy Buffett’s childhood home or the Round Island Lighthouse. Sites where literary legends composed their works, or the spot where future President Zachary Taylor began his journey to the White House are just a few points on this remarkable ride through history.

The trail provides both a scenic view of Pascagoula and the history of people and events that have shaped the town. The Round Island Lighthouse, for example, was restored in 2015 after the hurricane-ravaged remnants were moved to the mainland in 2010.

For those looking for an off-road experience, the Bethel South Trails outside Saucier offer a natural landscape fit for bikers of any experience level. Traverse 19 miles through the longleaf pine woods and wetlands that make up this diverse region. Four different mountain bike trails, of various lengths and difficulty, make up this outdoor area that features some of the rich biodiversity that makes Coastal Mississippi a great place to visit.

From the fast and twisty South Bethel trail to the scenic Couch trail that follows the Tuxachanie Creek, this natural landscape is a picturesque and exciting place for an outdoor excursion.

In Biloxi, a leisurely trip on a vintage bicycle or a heart-pounding ride on gravel paths is available to tourists and locals alike. At Biloxi Bicycle Works, bikers can share in a community of trails and local tours that suit all ages and riding experience. Be sure to stop by and ask about what events and locations are available to ride in this fun and bike-friendly community.

With countless off-road trails, guided community tours, and marked paths through the landscape of Coastal Mississippi, visitors can find whatever route they need to make their trip an exciting expedition on two wheels.