The return of spring weather invites us outside to enjoy a day of immersion in the natural treasures that surround us. One of the best ways to experience the beauty is paddling one of the local blueways, recreational trails on a waterway. Here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast we have ten blueways, from slow bayou paddles to open water jaunts.
- Pascagoula River Jackson County
- Pascagoula River George County
- Davis Bayou
- Old Fort Bayou
- Red Creek
- Turkey Creek
- Wolf River
- Grassy Point Trail
- Jourdan River
- Bayou Bogue Homa
You might see dolphins in the Sound or alligators at Bayou Bogue Homa, but you are certain to see something different every time. Many sections of these trails are quiet, shaded by ancient live oaks and cypress trees, while others may share a stretch with motorboats and fishermen. It is fun to spot migratory birds, stop on a sandbar for a picnic, or peer between the marsh grasses at the water’s edge for a glimpse of the waterfront houses. There are Mississippi landmarks and historic sites along the trails, if you know where to look (hint: check out the maps at http://msgulfcoastheritage.ms.gov/admin/fm/source/268-mgcnha/Natural/BLUEWAYS_GUIDE_FINAL_2018compressed.pdf).
The new Blueways Design Guide was produced by unabridged Architecture and the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain for the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area, part of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. Tag us on Instagram if you enjoy your blueway experience or you see something you want to share! @unabridgedarchitecture @landtrustms @mississippi_dmr