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Mississippi Gulf Coast Heritage Area Walking and Biking Tours

8/15/2017 | Chris Dearman

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OLD TOWN BAY ST. LOUIS HISTORIC WALKING & BIKING TOUR

With over twenty sights to see on this self-guided tour, you can spend an entire day experiencing the charm and natural beauty of the 300+ year-old section of Bay St. Louis that includes architecturally diverse historic sites, cemeteries, and shrines.

A printed copy of the tour can be found at the historic L&N train depot that houses the welcome center. While you are there, visit the Alice Moseley Folk Art Museum, and the BSL Mardi Gras Museum. Then, set out to visit places such as the Hancock County Courthouse, the Masonic Temple, and a Queen Anne style building home to the Bay St. Louis Little Theatre, which was the centerpiece of the classic Sidney Pollack film This Property is Condemned, starring Robert Redford, Natalie Wood, and Charles Bronson.

 

PASS CHRISTIAN SCENIC DRIVE HISTORIC DISTRICT


The Pass Christian Scenic Drive Historic District, named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, offers the opportunity to journey past dozens of historic, often picturesque homes. Whether walking, biking, or by car, you can experience more than two miles of majestic live oaks and historic homes ranging from charming cottages to elegant mansions, many dating back to the 19th century.

 

 

OCEAN SPRINGS LIVE OAK BICYCLE ROUTE

This 15.5 mile round-trip bike trail is perfect for exploring beautiful Ocean Springs. It connects the Davis Bayou Area of the Gulf Islands National Seashore to the historic L&N Train Depot. You can get route maps at the Gulf Islands Visitor Contact Station and the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce, or just follow the green and white bike-route signs found on the right side of city streets. The route will takes you along Front Beach & East Beach, Fort Maurepas Park, the marina, as well as through quiet streets in the downtown area.

 

 

HISTORIC PASCAGOULA BIKE TRAIL

This twelve-mile loop offers a unique combination of nature, history, and coastal culture. The trail offers the opportunity to bike trough several historic districts, next to ship yards, and beautiful beaches. There are over a dozen points of interest including the LaPointe-Krebs House, which is the oldest standing building in the Mississippi Valley, the Round Island Lighthouse, Jimmy Buffett's childhood home, and the site where William Faulkner wrote Mosquitoes, and allegedly wrote Intruder in the Dust.

For more information on these and many other historic districts in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Heritage Area, please visit: www.msgulfcoastheritage.ms.gov/Districts


Chris Dearman