The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history. Used by American Indians, “Kaintucks,” settlers, and future presidents, the Old Trace played an important role in American history. Today, visitors can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping.
The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Region is rich in history, heritage, nature, and unique recreation.Some $50 million of modern recreation facilities were built as part the waterway construction. These facilities provide convenient access to the 40,000 acres of lakes that make up the waterway.
Mississippi’s longest rails-to-trails conversion meanders 44 miles through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, passing through fields, forests, meadows and wetlands, travelling along the path of the Chickasaws, Meriwether Lewis and the railroad built by Col. William C. Falkner, great-grandfather of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner.
Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid and Grenada Lakes – managed by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Tishomingo State Park is steeped in history and scenic beauty. Archaeological excavations confirm the presence of Paleo Indians in the area now encompassed by the park as early as 7000 B.C.; the park takes its name from the leader of the Chickasaw nation, Chief Tishomingo. The famous Natchez Trace Parkway, the premier highway of the early 1800s and a modern scenic parkway, runs directly through the park. Today’s visitors to Tishomingo State Park discover the same timeless natural beauty that enchanted the Indians centuries ago. Tishomingo offers a unique landscape of massive rock formations and fern-filled crevices found nowhere else in Mississippi. Massive boulders blanketed in moss dot the hillsides, and colorful wildflowers border trails once walked by Native Americans.
One of Mississippi’s finest natural/historic treasures, Strawberry Plains Audubon Center conserves 3,000 acres of hardwood forests, wetlands and native grasslands for a variety of uses.
Established in 1940, Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge is a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife, and conserves, manages, and restores the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats.
Bailey’s Woods Trail connects the University Museum at the University of Mississippi to Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s residence. The trail is approximately 3/5 mile in length, and takes an average of 20 minutes one-way on foot. The trail is open from dawn to dusk.