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From primitive camping to full-service RV accommodations to cozy cabins, Mississippi's State Parks are fantastic places to stay. For complete information, click here.
Bear Creek (voted in the top 100 float streams in the nation by Reserve America, designated a Mississippi Scenic Stream) is a stream that flows northward through beautiful scenery making a loop through the Appalachian foothills in Tishomingo State Park. Bear Creek displays rocky outcrops and provides the look and feel of mountain forest and slopes. Seasonal canoe float trip is offered with canoe rentals available by the Tishomingo State Park.
Located 12 miles north of Fulton, this natural, spring-fed lake attracts anglers from throughout the Southeast. Crappie, bream, bass and catfish all grow to potential record sizes in this stunning U.S. Army Corps of Engineer managed lake. A boat launch is located on the northeastern corner of the lake. Also, be sure to take the time to hike the nature trail located along the shoreline. This is a nature-lovers paradise!
Big Black is an unaltered stream flowing through Central Mississippi through a bottomland hardwood setting. This river glides past numerous prehistoric occupation sites, including the Floyd Mound conical burial ground. These lands are teeming with wildlife and a heron rookery can be found along this river. Canoe the river at nine access points; access at Highway 51 at Pickens and take out at Highway 61 near Grand Gulf. Outfitter not available, contact Mississippi Outdoor Club, www.msoutdoorclub.org
Blue Bluff Campground and Recreation Area, on the Aberdeen Lake section of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in Mississippi, is one of the most scenic recreation areas on the waterway.
The area is located just north of Aberdeen and boasts both a campground and day-use area. Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts visit the area each year for picnicking, fishing and swimming.
Bogue Chitto River is a beautiful river that flows through the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge in southern Mississippi. This river slices through a scenic bottomland hardwood forest and displays many areas of natural beauty and abundant wildlife. It is a popular rare whitewater stream with quality recreational opportunities. 95 mile trip - launch at Alford Bridge, 5 miles north of McComb, 2 miles east of US Highway 51, take out at Lock #3 on Pearl River Canal, 10 miles south of Bogalusa, LA, east on signed road off Highway 21; parking, boat ramp; shorter trip launches or take outs at Bogue Chitto Water Park off Highway 98 east of McComb. ? Outfitters - Bogue Chitto’s Best Tube & Canoe, McComb, MS; Bogue Chitto Choo Choo Canoe Rental, McComb, MS; Canoe and Trail Outpost, Tylertown, MS; Ryals Canoe and Tube Rental, McComb, MS; Sweetwater Park and Canoe Renting, Tylertown, MS
The Center for Marine Education & Research, aka Institute for Marine Mammal Studies offers visitors of all ages the chance to engage in a fun, hands-on learning experience that helps them understand and appreciate the species that make our Gulf Coast waters unique. While visiting, you experience underwater adventures on the big screen in a state of the art auditorium, encounter sea creatures such as horseshoe crabs, sea stars, fresh water turtles, and other marine life in our discovery room. Don’t forget the marine museum which features aquatic exhibits and a fossil dig where you may even find a shark tooth to keep as a souvenir. The Dolphin Presentation is where visitors see Bo and Buster; two Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins that entertain you, and to make the experience even more special, call ahead to schedule the Dolphin Interaction Program where you actually get right in the water, up close and personal with one of the world’s most intelligent animals. (Weather Permitting)
Chunky River (designated a Mississippi Scenic Stream) is a diverse and natural stream that flows past the largest waterfall in the state at scenic Dunn’s Falls. This river flows from the confluence of Chunky and Potterchitto Creeks in Newton County to the Chickasawhay River (Newton, Lauderdale, Clark Counties) near Meridian and is one of only a few Mississippi streams with true rock outcrops. This is a fairly shallow river containing sand and gravel bars, clay and sandstone shoals with banks covered by mosses, ferns and numerous hardwoods. Contact Stuckey Bridge Canoe Rental, 601.481.4210, for outfitting services for this river.
Located on the west bank of the Chunky River, a Mississippi Designated Scenic Stream. Offering shaded, spacious campsites, onsite canoe and kayak rental. Trading Post offers tidbits of area history.
The DeSoto County Greeways program was established to take advantage of nature and its beauty and encompasses a variety of multipurpose trails and green spaces, suitable for hiking, skating, biking, jogging, walking, running, equestrian use, canoeing and kayaking.
The Coldwater River Canoe & Kayak Trail meanders from MS HW 309 westward to Hwy 51 Arkabutla Lake, just south of Hernando.
Home to Bethel ATV/Bicycle Trails, Airey Lake & POW Lake Area Recreation, Tuxachanie Hiking Trail and Big Foot Horse Trail. Miles of trails, camping and hiking. Some fees may apply.
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