There seems to be no shortage of beautiful sites in Mississippi. The Magnolia State is full of stunning scenery and gorgeous locales – from the northern hills all the way to the Gulf Coast. And just to make you don’t miss a thing, we put together this list of 10 unimaginably beautiful places in Mississippi you’ve got to see before you die. How many have you already visited?
1. Tanglefoot Trail (Houston to New Albany)
At 43.6 miles, this is the longest of the state’s Rails to Trails conversions. Follow the trail on a history infused journey through fields, forests, meadows, and wetlands. Since the terrain is relatively even, the trail is great for people of all ages.
2. Red Bluff (Foxworth)
Known as "Mississippi’s Little Grand Canyon," this formation has been created by the natural erosion of the nearby Pearl River. Standing at about 400’ above sea level, Red Bluff isn't something you’d expect to find in Mississippi, making it even more impressive. While many opt to hike down to the bottom of the canyon, it can be easily viewed from the highway, eliminating the need for a lengthy trek.
3. Windsor Ruins (Port Gibson)
Considered the "most imposing ruins in the United States," the Windsor Ruins are by far one of the state’s most notable sites. At one time, the Windsor Mansion was the epitome of opulence and included luxuries, such as indoor plumbing and a rooftop observatory. Sadly, it was destroyed by a fire in 1890. Today, all that remains are 23 of the home’s original 29 columns, cast iron stairs (which have been relocated), and a few pieces of cast iron balustrade.
4. Clear Springs Lake (Meadville)
The perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts, this lovely 12-acre spring fed lake is part of a recreation area that offers camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, and biking.
5. George B. Cossar State Park (Oakland)
Definitely one of Mississippi's best kept secrets, Cossar State Park is a sportsman’s paradise. Not only does the park’s lake provide world class fishing but the vast amount of open space and variety of game that inhabit the park make for wonderful hunting opportunities.
6. St. Mary Basilica (Natchez)
Built in 1842, St. Mary's is the oldest Catholic building still in use in Mississippi. The interior has been restored and is "stunning in its artistry and color." The gorgeous church is open daily for touring.
7. Clark Creek Nature Area (Woodville)
One of Mississippi’s "most beautiful outdoor treasures," this nature area encompasses more than 700 acres, which are comprised of steeply sloped hills, forests, and dozens of waterfalls – some of which are more than 30’ in height. The area can easily be explored by people of all ages via primitive and improved hiking trails.
8. Monmouth Gardens (Natchez)
Monmouth is one of the most impressive antebellum homes in Natchez. In addition to the incredibly decorated interior, the mansion includes several acres of beautiful gardens. Spanning 26 acres, the gardens include colorful flowers, vibrant greenery, a gazebo, bridge, and pond. There’s also a restaurant, so you can fill up on great food after taking in the gorgeous grounds.
9. Tishomingo State Park (Tishomingo)
One of the most popular parks in the state, Tishomingo spans hundreds of acres and offers visitors the chance to ride rapids, climb mountains, immerse themselves in Native American history, and experience scenery like nowhere else in the state.
10. Natchez Trace Parkway (Natchez to Nashville, TN)
A combination of natural beauty and history, visiting this 444-mile parkway is an experience like no other. Running through three states, there is no shortage of interesting sites. The Mississippi portion alone is filled with everything from a ghost town to significant Native American sites. And since the Parkway stretches practically from one end of the state to the other, accessing it should be pretty easy, regardless of where you’re traveling from.
So, ever visited the places listed above? Have another beautiful site to add? Tell us in the comments section.