Late summer is the perfect time to get out and enjoy Mississippi’s natural beauty. We’ve already brought you
10 Mississippi Trails You Must Take If You Love The Outdoors…here are another eight to add to your must-do list before summer ends. Lace up your hiking boots, grab some bug spray (you’re gonna need it this time of year) and a camera to capture these stunning natural places.
1. Natchez Trace Trail, Tishomingo State Park
This trail was once used by migratory animals and Native Americans. Later, settlers used it as a thoroughfare between Nashville and Natchez. It's about two miles long. The trail ends at the pioneer cabin.
2. Wall Doxey State Park
This 2.5-mile nature trail circles Spring Lake, which covers 60 acres. While you're visiting this pretty state park, consider camping overnight, fishing or playing some disc golf, too.
3. Bonita Lakes Trail
The Bonita Lakes Trail is a 4.6-mile loop that take you around the lake. The crushed gravel makes for easy hiking, and you can bring your dog as long as he's on leash. You'll definitely want to bring a picnic lunch with you - there are several picturesque sites along the way to sit, eat and enjoy the beauty of nature here.
4. South Outlet Channel Nature Trail, Arkabutla Lake
South Outlet Channel Nature Trail is a self-guided hike. The Coldwater River once ran through here, before the dam was built. If you can stay to watch the sun set over the lake, it's well worth it!
5. Fontainebleau Nature Trail
Meander along this short loop trail, where you might see some sandhill cranes, and you'll definitely see some beautiful scenery. Check out the interpretive sign at the trail head to get a little taste of all the stunning nature in which you're about to immerse yourself.
6. Marathon Lake Recreation Area
The 1.5-mile Lake Loop trail is perfect for viewing wildlife, enjoying the lake and getting some mild exercise. Just about anyone can do this easy, scenic hike. Bring a picnic lunch, or camp overnight!
7. Outcroppings Trail, Tishomingo State Park
The two-mile-long Outcroppings Trail starts at the swinging bridge, then takes you past several large, rock outcroppings. Chickasaw Indians used to live in the caves here; today the outcroppings are popular with rock climbers. As you approach Bear Creek, watch for turtles!
8. Lakeshore Trail At Chewalla Lake Recreation Area
Chewalla Lake Recreation Area is a gorgeous place with a no-wake lake, meaning that you'll enjoy a peaceful, quiet day there. Tons of trees surround both the lake and the hiking path, including pines, oak and dogwoods. The four-mile trail takes you in a loop around this large lake, which covers 260 acres.