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Paul B. Johnson State Park, (swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, canoeing, paddle boating, nature trail, play ground, field sports). From Hattiesburg, take Hwy. 49 south fifteen miles. 601-582-7721
Buccaneer State Park, (fishing, hiking, swimming, tennis, nature trail, mini golf, wave pool). From US 90, take Beach Blvd to Waveland. 228-467-3822
Shepard State Park, (field sports, nature trail, picnicking, playground. Tubing, boating, and swimming in the Pascagoula River). From US 90, travel south to Gautier. 228-497-2244
Gulf Islands National Seashore, (beach combing, swimming, biking, snorkeling, hiking, boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, bird watching, scuba diving).
From Gulfport, take the ferry from Yacht Harbor to West Ship Island (spring, summer, and fall only). Most days, the only sailing is at 9 a.m. 228-864-1014 or www.msshipisland.com for fares and schedule.