CONCIERGE GUIDE TO BIKING COASTAL MISSISSIPPI
People call Mississippi's 62-miles of coastline the Secret Coast. Nestled between the sugar sands of Gulf Shores and the culinary mecca of New Orleans, Mississippi's Gulf Coast is a beautiful blend of both. With the abundance of natural beauty, biking Coastal Mississippi takes you from picturesque oak trees to uncrowded shorelines. The communities are unique and undiscovered destinations, offering relaxation, adventure, and variety. They offer a bit of everything from delicious food, rich culture, and natural beauty. What they don't have is a signature trail along the coast.
OCEAN SPRINGS BIKE ROUTE / LIVE OAKS BIKE ROUTE (18.5-MILES). We fell in love with Ocean Springs when we first visited, and then we came back less than a month later just to do this ride. It's 18.5 miles of biking bliss through the quaint town of Ocean Springs and along the ocean. In fact, more than half of this ride is either on the bike lanes of the Biloxi Bridge, park roads in Gulf Islands National Seashore, or oceanfront in Ocean Springs. It's a stunning route that's worthy of a stop on a Gulf Coast destination bike vacation.
The Ocean Springs ride is, in a word, beautiful. If you can't get enough of this ride, you can connect to the Biloxi Ride and keep going. If you want to shorten the route, bike less (or none) of the Biloxi Bay Bridge and cut down the riding in the National Seashore Park to just an out-and-back down Boat Launch Road.
BILOXI BIKE ROUTE (6.5-MILES). Bike Biloxi put together a Biloxi Bike Route that’s quite nice for what it is. It’s a 6.5-mile loop that connects the beauty of old town Biloxi with some long and flowing flats. Our two biggest nits were road closure on Oak St (during spring 2021) and the funky routing to avoid a left turn from Howard to Main. There’s nothing to be done about the road construction, and that routing might make more sense during busier times, so we kept the route as drawn.
BAY ST LOUIS RIDE (15-MILES). This bike ride is the most forward ride on the Mississippi Coast. It’s an out and back heading south along Beach Blvd. The only question is, how far do you want to go? We picked a 15-mile ride from Henderson Point Park to the end beach boardwalk in Waveland. We visited in February, and the winter storms washed enough sand onto the path that we preferred the road. Either way, it’s a beautiful long run of unobstructed oceanfront riding. Alternatively, you can take Beach Blvd north to Cedar Point for bayside view. It’s all good.