Three (3) miles west of Pascagoula, south of US 90 at Gautier. Take exit 61 off of Interstate 10. Most GPS and MapQuest searches will not lead you to the park the shortest way. Feel free to call the park office for directions. 

Please be advised that the bridge on Graveline Rd just west of Shepard State Park is closed. If you are visiting the park, please follow directions from Hwy. 90 in Gautier to Oak St. 

Shepard State Park has 395 acres abounding with trees and wildflowers, bike and walking nature trails, 28 developed campsites, restrooms and a bathhouse, three *tent camping locations, archery sites, and picnic areas, as well as a pavilion near the playground, and an 8-hole disc golf course.

The park is nestled in the heart of Singing River (Pascagoula River) country, where legend has it that members of the Pascagoula Indian nation linked hands and walked into the Pascagoula River rather than be taken captive by hostile Indian tribes. The mournful death chant they sang as they walked earned the Pascagoula River the nickname “Singing River”. Tales of the heroic exploits of French and Spanish settlers and romantic legends of the Pascagoula and Biloxi Indians are standard fare in the scenic coastal area surrounding Shepard State Park.

Welcome Center Store and Park Office Hours


9 AM–5 PM


9 AM–5 PM


9 AM–5 PM


9 AM–5 PM




9 AM–3 PM



Shepard State Park observes Federal holidays and will be closed.

Services & Amenities:

  • Bath House
  • Biking
  • Comfort Station
  • Disc Golf
  • Dump Station
  • Dog Park
  • Recreation Fields
  • Fire Rings
  • Nature Trails
  • Picnic Shelter / Pavilion
  • Ranger Station
  • Showers
  • Archery Ranges
  • Recreation Fields
  • and more.

Shepard Park has opened 3 different areas for primitive camping available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Some have picnic tables and grills. Organized groups such as scouts and churches need to make reservations with the Park office at 228-497-2244. Tent camping is allowed in our Developed Campsites with electricity and water hook-ups at the regular camping fee. Call the park for any questions.

In the event of cancellation, penalties may apply.
Click here to review our cancellation policy.

*Maximum of 3 Days