As a native Mississippian, I often take for granted the incredible outdoor adventures that are just waiting for us to enjoy as Mississippians!
Our great State is full of natural wonders that can create fun family memories if we get out to see what Mother Nature has created around us. One of the best features of Mother Natures’ creation is that some of them are FREE! Some are in your backyard, while some would be a great day trip location.
- Red Bluff
Red Bluff is known as Mississippi’s Little Grand Canyon. Located in Marion County in the community of Foxworth, it offers a .9 mile hiking loop. It is a geologic formation created by the west bank of the Pearl River. To find out more, click here.
- Merit Water Park
Located just a few miles south of the Jackson metro area, you will find Merit Water Park in Mendenhall. This spring-fed creek is a beautiful spot to stay cool throughout Mississippi’s hot summer days. The park features waterfalls, crystal clear water, picnic tables, and 25 acres to take advantage of Mississippi Outdoors! So please bring all your supplies and make a day of it! For more information, click Merit Water Park.
- The Greenville Cypress Preserve
When you talk about Mississippi, you have got to include the Mississippi Delta. One of the Delta’s natural treasures is The Greenville Cypress Preserve. This preserve is comprised of 16 acres of cypress swamps. Boardwalks wind through the preserve, making it easy to get an up-close view of the swamps’ towering trees that fill them. Click this link to find out more about The Greenville Cypress Preserve.
The Ruins of Windsor
While not natural, it is historical! Located in Port Gibson and a lovely drive down The Natchez Trace, you will find the Ruins of Windsor. After surviving the Civil War due to being used as a Union hospital, it was burned to the ground in 1890 when a guest at a house party left a lighted cigar on the upper balcony. While head south on The Trace, continue south to discover and explore the City of Natchez, one of Mississippi’s most historic cities.
These are just a few suggestions to get outdoors and enjoy our great State. If you have ideas or suggestions, please feel free to email me at [email protected]. While out, enjoy our State but let’s Keep Mississippi Beautiful by picking up after ourselves.