For bird watchers and wildlife photographers, Mississippi is one of the most highly regarded destinations in America. Wildlife lovers can venture deep into wilderness retreats at state wildlife management areas, national forests, national parks and national wildlife refuges. Spring and fall migrations bring many species of waterfowl and Neotropical songbirds to the Mississippi Flyway. Mississippi also has numerous festivals and events centered on birding and wildlife viewing. Visit the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, which hosts the annual Hummingbird Migration Celebration and Festival, one of the largest nature festivals in the southeast. Elsewhere, the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail (MCBT) includes a web-based system that guides bird watchers to the best sites for spotting a diverse range of 389 bird species across the six-county coastal region. Avid birders should also make note to join a bird watching tour with Shore Thing Charters.

Hattiesburg Zoo

Hattiesburg, MS   FEATURED


The Hattiesburg Zoo is South Mississippi’s favorite family attraction. Named Best Travel Attraction of the Year by the Mississippi Tourism Association in 2017, the Zoo is also listed as the #1 thing to do in Hattiesburg by TripAdvisor. So what […]

Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

Holly Springs, MS   FEATURED


Take a stroll on this 2,500-acre estate and enjoy the hummingbird gardens, view the natural plants & herbs and make sure that you tour the magnificently restored Davis House and discover the rich history of the original owners and the […]

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Ocean Springs, MS   FEATURED


The Mississippi areas are home of a historic fort and the most beautiful barrier islands in the United States. Relax, enjoy the scenery, hike a trail, or explore the fort. Whether you visiting for a day or a week there […]


Ashe Lake Recreation Area was originally built to provide water for Ashe Nursery. The 8 acre lake is shallow with the deepest point about 15 feet.Visitors can catch bass, bluegill and catfish. Facilities are 100 percent handicap accessible. On the […]


Choctaw Lake Recreation Area offers a range of outdoor opportunities such as camping, picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, and bicycling. Facilities include 18 campsites with utility hookups, 35 picnic sites, three picnic pavilions, swimming area, two bath houses with showers […]


The ARK Walking Trail currently consists of two miles of wooded trails that sit on the wildlife sanctuary located just a few miles west of Hernando, MS on Hwy 304. In addition, the ARK has an outdoor stage, 5,000 sq. ft. education […]

The ARK Walking Trail currently consists of two miles of wooded trails that sit on the wildlife sanctuary located just 10 miles west of Hernando, MS on Hwy 304 (just past Fogg Road). In addition, the ARK has an outdoor stage, 5,000 […]

Hernando DeSoto River Park

Lake Cormorant, MS


Situated right on the banks of the Mississippi River just north of Lake Cormorant, the 41 acre Hernando DeSoto Park is DeSoto County’s only public access to the River. The park is closed from ½ hour after sunset until ½ […]