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Camp on the crown jewel of the Gulf Coast barrier islands – Horn Island offshore of Biloxi, MS
Lining the entire Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida are barrier islands. Caused by currents and shaped by storms, these islands have evolved their own ecological system, adapting to their existence between the Gulf and the mainland. The crown jewel of these Gulf Coast barrier islands is Horn Island – an island eleven miles long and one half mile wide. Located off shore of Ocean Springs and Biloxi, Mississippi, Horn Island is the least impacted, most isolated and the most varied in terrain and wildlife inhabitants of the islands in this barrier chain. Horn Island has quartz sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico side that reach forever, sand dunes as high as houses and inland tidal lagoons surrounded by marshes.
We will camp this year east of the midpoint of the island allowing for exploration in either direction. Our kitchen will be on the inland side facing the Mississippi Sound. However individual campers are urged to cross over the island and set up their tents facing the Gulf of Mexico. The two mid days will be spent exploring this famed barrier island or just relaxing — whatever the individual preference may be. Birdlife can be considerable – white and brown pelicans and an assortment of shore birds. Most campers spend the days strolling along the beach beachcombing and watching the wildlife. In the evenings there are hearty meals around driftwood campfires. Caution: The stories told at the campfire may or may not be true.
- Group size is 10 to 20 base campers
- Four days and three night trip
- Only offered once a year
What You Bring
- Transportation to the boat dock in Mississippi
- Quality Rain gear
- Lunches and drinking water while on the island
What We Bring
- Services of the guide and assistants
- Boat shuttle to and from the island
- Tents and sleeping bag/liner/pad combo
- Group camping equipment and outdoor kitchen
- Group breakfast and dinners while on the island
- $400 per camper
The trip will begin at dockside in Biloxi at 9 am on Saturday the 25th. The return to the mainland will be mid-afternoon on Tuesday February 28th – Mardi Gras.