Located on the beach in Waveland, Buccaneer is in a natural setting of large moss-draped oaks, marshlands and the Gulf of Mexico. Use of this land was first recorded in history in the late 1700's when Jean Lafitte and his followers were active in smuggling and pirating along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The French Buccaneer, Lafitte, inhabited the old Pirate House located a short distance from what is now the park. The park site, also known as Jackson's Ridge, was used as a base of military operations by Andrew Jackson during the Battle of New Orleans. Jackson later returned to this area and built a house on land that is now Buccaneer State Park.
Stay the Night
Buccaneer State Park has 206 premium campsites with full amenities including sewer. In addition to the premium sites, Buccaneer has an additional 70 campsites that are set on a grassy field overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Castaway Cove (campground activity pool) is available to all visitors to the Park for a fee.
Things to Do
Buccaneer State Park offers Buccaneer Bay, a 4.5 acre waterpark, Pirate's Alley Nature Trail, Playground, Jackson's Ridge Disc Golf, Activity Building, Camp-store and Castaway Cove pool.
Pirate's Alley Nature Trail
Over 17,000 trees and varying vegetation were destroyed due to the high winds and tidal surge of Hurricane Katrina. Now, nearly eight years of new growth has changed the landscape of the trail, but still provides an excellent opportunity for guests to see nature in its most natural setting. This 1.8 mile, self-guided trail, encompasses many species of Oaks, Magnolia, Pines, and a variety of indigenous plants and animals of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. A pier with a gazebo extends over Mud Bayou's canal. Here, visitors may spot lots unique coastal wildlife including, Brown and White Pelicans, Egrets, Osprey, or feeding Blue Crabs.
A large playground is available. It is designed to accommodate kids of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. This playground is located by Pavilion 3 and includes a rock climber, 3 different swings sets, monkey-bars, multiple slides, merry-go-round, fireman's pole, and a new sphere challenge climber.
Jackson's Ridge Disc Golf
This Par 3, 18-Hole disc golf course designed through the Mississippi Gulf Coast's beautiful natural setting. The course has tight and open fairways, natural obstacles, and holes that come into play along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. This 6359 feet course will challenge the avid disc golfer, but is designed for even for the most inexperienced player. There is no charge to play; however, the normal park entrance fee is required.