Travelers to Mississippi can experience nature up close via trails, campgrounds, and riverbeds full of the colorful plants and roaming wildlife that make Mississippi a beautiful place to wander.
Delta National Forest, which spans 60,000 acres of wetlands and forests, and Panther Swamp National Wildlife Reserve, the largest wildlife reserve in the state covering 40,000 acres of bayous and bottomland hardwood, are two must-visit locations in Mississippi that offer unparalleled opportunities to glimpse the regions’ habitats in their natural state. Endangered black bears, American alligators, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, waterfowl, and so much more make regular appearances, providing unforgettable experiences for locals and visitors at these natural attractions.
Tishomingo State Park
Visitors to Tishomingo State Park enjoy hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities. Overnight lodging is available, so you can unplug, unwind, and get back to nature. With it’s prime location in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Tishomingo State Park boasts historic, picture-perfect settings, as well as a swinging bridge for the not feint of heart. A picturesque waterfall awaits adventurers on the other side of the 200-foot bridge.
Live Oaks Bicycle Route
The Live Oaks Bicycle Route is a round-trip path through the lush, shaded greenways and tranquil beauty of Ocean Springs. Stops along the way allow visitors an opportunity to learn about the natural beauty of the region along a well-marked path. Stop for a picnic at the William M. Colmer Visitor Center and pick up a map for the bicycle route inside. The trail stretches from the Davis Bayou Area to the town, connecting at the Old Louisville and Nashville Train Depot, in a 15.5-mile loop. Davis Bayou offers a range of outdoor activities, hiking trails, and campgrounds.
Mississippi River Tours
Experience the Mississippi River by traveling on the river itself. Quapaw Canoe Company offers guided adventures on the Lower Mississippi, launching from locations in Clarksdale and Vicksburg. Packages include outfitting, guiding, cooking, shuttling, and cleanup. Travelers enjoy remote wilderness locations accessed by canoe or kayak. Paddling along the Mighty Mississippi also offers unparalleled scenic views of the unique riverside landscape.