Plan Your Visit

Grand Bay HQ VC 512

The Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center serves as the headquarters for the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The Interpretative Area is open to the public 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center is closed on all State Holidays.

Visitors to Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) are encouraged to begin their tour at the Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center’s interpretive center. Here visitors will learn about the diverse habitats located at Grand Bay NWR and the flora and fauna that make this place home.

Once oriented, there are two nature trails where excellent opportunities for wildlife observation abound. 

Summer in southeastern Mississippi can be very hot and humid with heat indices over 100 degrees Fahrenheit a common occurrence. Visitors are advised to bring water and sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.). Biting insects at Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge can be very intense and numerous, insect repellent is advised. 


There are no fees to enter the refuge or tour the center.

Directions to the Refuge:

Take Exit 75 off of I-10 and turn south on Franklin Creek Road. Go south to Hwy 90 and cross onto Pecan Road. Cross over the railroad tracks and continue down Bayou Heron Road for approximately 1 mile. The Visitor Center is on the right. 

Coastal Resource Center Address:

6005 Bayou Heron Road
Moss Point, MS 39562