We asked readers to submit their favorite places to camp, hike and have some outdoor fun around North Mississippi on social media. Here are their suggestions:
Tishomingo State Park, submitted by Amanda M. of Iuka. Tishomingo State Park is great for both camping and hiking, and its rocky terrain and bluffs make it unlike any other area in the state. There are campsites as well as cabins and trails for all skill levels. Try the 3-mile Flat Rock Trail and the Outcroppings Trail (2 miles), which begins at the park’s famous swinging bridge.
Chickasaw Village Site at the Natchez Trace, submitted by Polly Godwin of Saltillo. The Chickasaw Village site located on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Tupelo is one of the Trace’s main attractions in our area. It’s also a great spot to hike. From the site, you can hop onto the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail or hike a half-mile nature trail.
Stinkin’ Jim’s Horse Park and Campground, submitted by Lori S. of Booneville. At Stinkin’ Jim’s, located just off of the Natchez Trace Parkway in Houston, you’ll find rustic log cabins, horse trails and hospitality. The family-run camp is perfect for horse lovers who can spend a weekend relaxing on the park’s grounds and riding horses along its many trails. They even have a Dance Hall.
J.P. Coleman State Park, submitted by Lynnice Carter of Pontotoc. Located where the banks of the Tennessee River and Pickwick Lake meet, this state park features a campground, motel, cabins and a range of other amenities. While this park is known for its watersports, you can also find a few trails to hike at J.P. Coleman. Be sure to spend some time walking along the river and taking in the views from its bluffs.
Tombigbee State Park. Located right outside of Tupelo, Tombigbee features campsites, trails, cabins and disc golf courses. It’s perfect for a day hike or a weekend of camping. We recommend hiking the Tree Trunk Trail.
The Tanglefoot Trail. The Tanglefoot Trail is more known for biking than anything, but it’s also a great place to go for a walk or run. The 44-mile, paved trail begins in New Albany and stretches all the way to Houston.
Big Hill Pond State Park. This one is technically in Tennessee, but for those who live in the Corinth area it only takes a short drive over the state line to get to the park. The campsites are comfortable and nestled into the woods, and the trails are well-kept. Try the Big Hill Pond Trail or the Azalea Springs Day Loop.
Noxubee Wildlife Refuge. You can’t camp at Noxubee Wildlife Refuge, but you can spend hours exploring its bottomland hardwood forests. The refuge features two boardwalks and five walking trails. The area is home to alligators, which you can often see lounging on rocks near the water, as well as the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and many different wading birds. It’s a great place to spend some time watching wildlife.