LOCATION: This property is located in beautiful southern Mississippi in Jackson County. While the property itself is rural, there are plenty of large attractions to experience less than an hour’s drive away. Biloxi, MS is southwest of the property by 38 miles, which is about a 45-minute car drive. Pascagoula Beach is only 19 miles south (30-minute drive), and Mobile, Alabama is northeast by 46 miles (50-minute drive).
CLIMATE: Mississippi’s climate is considered “mild” by most. It’s a humid, subtropical climate with long, hot and humid summers, and short, mild winters. Temperatures average about 81°F in July and about 40 °F in January. Snow is practically nonexistent. On average, there are 218 sunny days per year in Jackson County.
ELEVATION: The elevation within the property ranges from approximately 10 - 64 ± feet above sea level. The land has rolling hills, areas that are high and dry, and hardwood lowlands. These lowlands have pockets that can retain water during wet seasons, making the property an excellent attraction to wildlife.
OUTDOOR RECREATION: As the Magnolia State, Mississippi is a slice of heaven for sports and relaxation. If hunting is your sport, this property has prime acreage and game sign for a variety of wildlife: deer, raccoon, rabbit, ducks. Trails cut throughout allow for ATV, biking, and hiking. The property is also a quick drive to the Gulf of Mexico where deep-sea fishing and boating opportunities abound. Additional recreation within Mississippi can be found at the Gulf Islands National Seashore, 6 National Forests, and 21 State Parks. There is truly something for everyone here.
DE SOTO NATIONAL FOREST: Only 70 miles from our property lies the beautiful De Soto National Forest. This forest is home to Mississippi’s only national scenic river, Black Creek, which is famous for its wide, white sandbars and relaxed floating pace. There are over 60 miles for hiking, in addition to ATV, bicycle, and horse trails. The terrain varies from dry, sandy pine and scrub oak ridges to flooded cypress swamps and hardwood forests. Camping options available here.
GOLF: Mississippi is home to two annual PGA TOUR events: The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic of the PGA Champions Tour, played at Fallen Oak in March; and the Sanderson Farms Championship of the PGA TOUR, played at the Country Club of Jackson in November. The closest golf course to our property is the Shell Landing Golf Club in Gautier, MS, followed by the Fallen Oak Gold Club in Biloxi, MS. Each spring, the Champions TOUR Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is played at Fallen Oak.
BEACHES: Coastal Mississippi boasts 62 miles of scenic coastline, where waters are nice and calm thanks to its barrier islands. It’s a place where you can paddle, swim, and drift the day away.
FISHING AREAS: Fish inshore. Fish off piers. Spend your day wade-fishing or deep-sea fishing, or both. Coastal Mississippi’s peaceful, warm waters offer everything from freshwater to brackish water to saltwater fishing, and there are over 200 species of fish up for grabs. For more on recreational fishing visit here.
Biloxi, Mississippi: Known for its sugar-white, sandy beaches and calm waters perfect for jet skiing or deep-sea fishing, Biloxi has been a favorite vacation destination for decades. There are eight first-class casino resorts here, with most offering championship golf courses, fine dining and buffets, and top-name entertainment. Visit the Biloxi Lighthouse and the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum to see exhibits on boatbuilding and seafood-processing. Offshore, Deer Island shelters pelicans and loggerhead turtles.
Pascagoula Beach: Named after a peaceful tribe of Native Americans, Pascagoula is the largest port city in Mississippi. Pascagoula Park Beach is a 14-acre park overlooking the Mississippi sound, and offers multiple playgrounds, pavilions, grilling stations, walking trails, fitness stations, a coastal birding trail, 1000-foot fishing pier and a beach. A seasonal splash pad is open May 1-October 15.
Ship, Horn & Petit Bois Islands: This trio of barrier islands run parallel to the mainland Mississippi Gulf coast, and are the invaluable, constantly-shifting treasures that protect the mainland by buffering the Gulf’s waves and ocean storms. The islands also protect salt marshes and seagrass beds, providing rich nurseries for a slew of marine species.
Split into two separate islands (West Ship Island and East Ship Island) in 1969 by Hurricane Camille, Ship Island is approximately 11 miles south of Gulfport and Biloxi. It is accessible by Ship Island Excursions’ ferry boats, a 1-hour ferry ride where you can relax and watch Atlantic bottlenose dolphins while cruising. Once there, bask in the sun, enjoy an island hike, birdwatch, and explore the site of Fort Massachusetts.
Horn Island is the largest island of the trio, stretching several miles in length but less than a mile wide at its widest point. Horn Island is only accessible by private boat. With long stretches of sugar-white sand, dunes punctuated with sea oats, tall pines, palmettos, and a few inland lagoons, it is home to varied wildlife: alligators, ospreys, pelicans, ibises, manatees, ducks, rabbits, raccoons, tern, herons, and other migratory birds. From 1946-1965, artist Walter Anderson often visited this island to draw and paint the landscapes and life on the island. Many of his works are on display at the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs.
Petit Bois Island was named “little woods” by early French explorers due to a small wooded section located on the island. Following the island's inundation during Hurricane Katrina, most of the trees comprising the little woods section have died. Despite this loss, the island maintains a strong habitat for gulls, terns, alligators and other wildlife. The island is approximately 6 miles long and is only accessible by private boat.
Mobile, Alabama: Another port city on the Gulf coast, Mobile is the business and cultural center nostalgically referred to as the Paris of the South. With a population over 400,000 people, Mobile is the birthplace of Mardi Gras in the United States and hosts the oldest celebration, dating to the early 18th century during the French colonial period. Mobile is also home to a variety of museums. Battleship Memorial Park is a military park on the shore of Mobile Bay and features the World War II era battleship USS Alabama, the World War II era submarine USS Drum, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials, and a variety of historical military equipment. The arts and entertainment that Mobile offer are seemingly endless: operas and ballets can be seen at the Mobile Civic center, concerts at the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, and contemporary art galleries at the Mobile Museum of Art. The city also boasts the Mobile Medical Museum, housed in the historic French colonial-style Vincent-Doan House, one of the oldest surviving homes in Mobile.
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is located south of the city, on Dauphin Island near the mouth of Mobile Bay. It houses the Estuarium, an aquarium which illustrates the four habitats of the Mobile Bay ecosystem: the river delta, bay, barrier islands and Gulf of Mexico.
Pascagoula Info: https://www.gulfcoast.org/coastal-communities/pascagoula-mississippi/things-to-do-in-pascagoula/
Biloxi Info: https://biloxi.ms.us/visitor-info/
Tax Collector Office: https://www.co.jackson.ms.us/353/Tax-Collector
Property Appraiser Office: https://www.co.jackson.ms.us/426/Appraisal