Visitor Activities

Trail Walk
  • Hunting

    Whitetail Buck

    Hunting is allowed at Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge, in accordance with all Federal, State, and refuge-specific regulations. To legally hunt the refuge designated hunting season, you must acquire a valid refuge hunt brochure, along with the appropriate Mississippi or Alabama hunting license. Grand Bay NWR issues an annual hunting brochure that must be signed and carried on your person the entire time you are hunting on the refuge. The brochure expires each June.  You can contact us to receive a copy of the brochure/permit or click HERE to download and print a copy.    

    For more information on Mississippi hunting licenses, visit the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Hunting License Website or the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Hunting License Website,

  • Fishing

    Speck Trout

    A free public boat launch and a handicapped-accessible fishing pier are located at the end of Bayou Heron Road on Bayou Heron on the east side of the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (outside of Grand Bay NWR boundaries). The pier is suitable for fishing and crabbing. Unless you are exempt (under 16 or a Mississippi resident over 65), a Mississippi saltwater fishing license is required when fishing in the Reserve’s tidal waters.

    For more information on Mississippi saltwater fishing licenses, visit the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Fishing License Website.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Bench on Oak Grove Trail

    Wildlife observation is a popular activity at Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Viewing opportunities include wintering flocks of ducks and wading birds in the bayou, songbirds in the trees and shrubs, and harriers and hawks hunting over the savanna. The refuge also has two established trails that offer many overlooks that are perfect for catching a glimpse of the local wildlife.


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  • Interpretation

    Program at Grand Bay

    The Coastal Resources Center houses an interpretive center with numerous exhibits that feature the central theme: “Living on the Edge—the Nature of Change”. The educational exhibits highlight the biodiversity of the saltwater and freshwater habitats of the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) and Grand Bay National Wildlife. The Coastal Resources Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m..

    For a listing of upcoming interpretive community programs, check out Grand Bay NERR's Community Programs website

    There are also two interpretive trails at the refuge, the Oak Grove Birding Trail and the Escatawpa Trail. Both trails feature interpretive signs that point out interesting species and habitats along the way. 

  • Environmental Education

    EE Program at Grand Bay

    Want to learn more about the plants and animals found at Grand Bay? What, exactly, is an estuary? How does fire a play a role in preserving the unique habitat found at the refuge? The staff and volunteers at Grand Bay NERR offer numerous educational programs that answer these questions and more! 

    Environmental education programs are provided both on and offsite by refuge and research reserve staff for both children and adults. Click here for more information on the exciting educational opportunities found at Grand Bay!

  • Photography

    Photography at Grand Bay

    Though the opportunity to capture that perfect wildlife photograph can occur at any time of year at Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge, the best times often occur during the spring a fall bird migration, when the Oak Grove Birding Trail, surrounding wet pine savanna habitats and the Escatawpa Trail come alive with the songs and colors of these migrants. Other excellent locations for photography include area along the Bayou Heron road and the boat launch located at the end of Bayou Heron road.