Gulf Islands National Seashore (Mississippi) | CCC SPUR TRAIL

CCC Spur Trail at Davis Bayou, Gulf Islands National Seashore

CCC Spur Trail at Davis Bayou, Gulf Islands National Seashore


See the Hiking web page for a trail map.


Length: .4-mile, round trip
Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

The CCC Spur Trail does not have a parking lot of its own, so you must hike to it along the Davis Bayou Trail from either the trailhead at the Visitor Center or from the trailhead at the picnic area near the corner of Robert McGhee Road and Boat Launch Road. It is .35 mile from the Visitor Center and .5 mile from the picnic area. Nearly everyone walking this trail does so as part of a side trip while hiking the Davis Bayou Trail.

The trail is flat and easy with smooth terrain. You’ll depart from the sunshine once you leave the openness of the Davis Bayou Trail—which is nothing more than a gravel path that follows the park roads—and enter into the forest.

Typical terrain of the CCC Spur Trail at Davis Bayou

Typical terrain of the CCC Spur Trail at Davis Bayou

About .2 mile from the start is an unmarked intersection with a short trail veering off to the right. The end of the trail is marked with an information panel, and you can see this from the intersection. The main trail continues farther, but it quickly dead ends at a thicket of saw palmetto bushes, so don’t bother. Take a right on the side trail, as this leads to the ruins of an old CCC camp (thus the name CCC Spur Trail).

CCC stands for Civilian Conservation Corps, which was an organization conceived by the Roosevelt administration to help young, unmarried men get back to work in the wake of the Great Depression (1929-39). Many of the National and State Park trails and campgrounds were built by members of the CCC during this time. In many instances, housing was constructed at the park so the men had a place to stay. What you see at the end of this short trail is the foundation of a dining room / recreation building. The park they helped build was Magnolia State Park, which became part of Gulf Islands National Seashore when it was created in 1971.

Ruins of the CCC building on the CCC Spur Trail at Davis Bayou, Gulf Islands National Seashore

Ruins of the CCC building on the CCC Spur Trail at Davis Bayou, Gulf Islands National Seashore

Foundation of the CCC dining/recreation building, Davis Bayou, Gulf Islands National Seashore

Foundation of the CCC dining/recreation building, Davis Bayou, Gulf Islands National Seashore

Foundation of the CCC dining/recreation building at Davis Bayou, Gulf Islands National Seashore

Foundation of the CCC dining/recreation building at Davis Bayou, Gulf Islands National Seashore

The presence of the CCC can be seen at more locations than just the end of the spur trail. On your way back, keep a watchful eye into the woods and you may see remnants, mainly cement blocks, of other CCC buildings. There is no way to get to them due to excessive vegetation and debris.

If you have an interest in historical ruins, you might want to hike the CCC Spur Trail, otherwise just continue your hike along the Davis Bayou Trail (if that is indeed the trail you are on when passing the CCC Spur Trail). Other than the ruins, the trail offers nothing more than a short walk in the woods.

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Last updated on April 29, 2022
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