MS Shepard State Park


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Nov 19, 2009
In the fall we are planning on driving from San Antonio to Kissimmee, FL. It appears to be about 18 to 19 hours on the road. We are looking to split the trip up into 2 days. The Midpoint appears to be around Pascagoula, MS. Near there is Shepard State Park. Anyone have experience there? Would that be a nice place to stay for the night on the way there and back? Thanks.


Active Member
Feb 22, 2011
No experience with Shepard State Park.

Mississipi is only about 80 miles wide on the southern end; so, you may also consider SE Louisiana or Alabama as well.

If you want to stay close to the interstate system, I would suggest Fontainbleau State Park in Mandeville, LA as an alternative. It's one of our local parks that we frequent regularly. From there to the LA / MS state line is a short hop. There's also Fairview Riverside State Park in Madisonville (a few miles further west); however, I haven't stayed there. A bit further to the west (about an hour) is Tickfaw State Park in Springfield, LA (we've camped there numeous times also).

Southeatern (Slidell) LA is about 10 hours from Kissimmee, FL or half way your trip.

Hope this helps with options.


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Apr 9, 2012
Hey, I currently live in North Mississippi. I'm planning on a 1 night trip down to Shepard sometime this summer. If you can wait till then I'll give you a full report.


May 20, 2007
Albany NY area
There are two campgrounds within 5-10 miles on the Mississippi coast - Sheppard State Park is very nice and rustic - stayed there for a week last year - They take reservations. The other is the Gulf Islands National Seashore in Ocean Springs. I love it there - stayed there 3 years in a row, but the downside is they are on a first come first serve basis. Give them a call as you get close - they cannot reserve a site, but will tell you how things look for openings.

Dale Boudreaux

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Dec 25, 2011
Another Park to consider is Bucaneer State Park in Waveland. It was destroyed by Katrina. All new facilities and pool. FYI.