1. John W. Kyle State Park, Sardis
Not only is this park the perfect place for an array of watersports since it is situated on the Sardis Reservoir, it is also located conveniently close to the historic Ole Miss campus – making it a great place to spend a football weekend.
2. Lake Lincoln State Park, Wesson
Since this park includes Lake Lincoln, a 550-acre “water wonderland,” visitors can take part in water activities like fishing, boating, water-skiing, and swimming in addition to other activities like disc golf, beach volleyball, and a nature trail.
3. Percy Quin State Park, McComb
One of the first state parks to be cleared and constructed in Mississippi, Percy Quin State Park not only boasts beautiful scenery but also provides several facilities for guests’ enjoyment. Facilities include picnic tables, grills, playgrounds, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a game room, and even an 18-hole golf course. Boating is also available as Lake Tangipahoa is located within the park.
4. Tishomingo State Park, Tishomingo
A park rich in Native American history, Tishomingo State Park is believed to have been inhabited by Paleo Indians as early as 7,000 B.C. Not only does the well-known Natchez Trace Parkway run right through this park, but it is also home to huge rock formations and plants found nowhere else in the state. Taking a walk through this park is like taking a step back in time to the days when Native Americans inhabited the area.
5. LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, Jackson
Located in Jackson, this 305-acre park offers the perfect escape from city life. The park itself is named after the French-Canadian explorer Louis Lefleur – who made quite the name for himself as the city of Jackson was originally called “LeFleur’s Bluff.” In addition to camping, fishing, nature trails, a golf course, and a driving range, the park is conveniently located in the capitol city so there is a lot to do nearby.
6. J.P. Coleman State Park, Iuka
With access to both a river and freshwater lake, J.P.Coleman State Park is a water-enthusiast’s dream! The park itself overlooks the Tennessee River and allows for visitors to camp along its banks. Pickwick Lake, a 47,500-acre freshwater lake, is located within the park and is perfect for all sorts of water activities such as sailing, swimming, skiing, and fishing.
7. Trace State Park, Belden
From a rich history to being located just minutes from Tupelo, Trace State Park has a lot to offer. Well-known American pioneer Davy Crockett actually called the park home after he was not re-elected to Congress in his home state of Tennessee. He lived here among the Chickasaw Indians for quite some time before heading to Texas. Today, the park offers numerous outdoor activities in addition to allowing guests access to Pontotoc County Club’s golf course.
8. Roosevelt State Park, Morton
Located between Meridian and Jackson, Roosevelt State Park offers breathtaking views of Bienville National Forest as well as an array of other activities such as disc golf, a softball field, tennis courts, and nature trails. And for those water lovers there is both a swimming pool, complete with a water slide, and a 150-acre freshwater lake perfect for fishing, boating, and water skiing.
9. Clark Creek Nature Area, Woodville
Located in southwestern Mississippi, the sprawling 700-acre Clark Creek Natural Area is best known for its beautiful waterfalls. With over 50 waterfalls that range in height from 10 to more than 30 feet in height, this natural area is definitely worth the trip.
10. Wall Doxey State Park, Holly Springs
Offering relaxing get-a-way, Wall Doxey is centered around a gorgeous 60-acre, spring-fed lake that is perfect for boating and fishing. Conveniently located, this state park has a lot to offer in way of things to do. Located just 40 miles from Memphis, Tennessee, visitors have access to an array of area attractions, shopping, and restaurants. Those not wanting to go as far can travel just seven miles and visit the historic antebellum home in Holly Springs. And for those football fans, the Ole Miss campus is just a mere 25 minute drive away.