There’s nothing quite as quaint as a river town. Fortunately for us, Mississippi just so happens to be home to several. After looking around, we put together this list of our seven favorites, which offer everything from hiking and nature trails to historic sites and great restaurants. (In addition to amazing waterfront views, of course.)
1. Port Gibson
Located between Vicksburg and Natchez, this small town has long been known for its beauty. As legend has it, General Grant spared the town during the Civil War, claiming it was “too beautiful to burn.” Visit the town today and you’ll find plenty to see and do. Aside from being home to the renowned Windsor Ruins, Port Gibson is also home to the Grand Gulf Military Park. The 400-acre landmark is loaded with history and even includes an observation tower, perfect for taking in the views of the Mighty Mississippi.
By far the most popular river city in the state, Natchez was established in the early 1700s, making it one of the oldest settlements along the Mississippi River. At one time, the town’s riverfront was notorious for being home to the worst of the worst. Today, the historic area, along with the entire city of Natchez, is a popular destination, filled with great restaurants, impressive antebellum homes, and other historically significant sites.
Home to the Vicksburg National Military Park, this riverside city is teeming with history and great views. A visit to the town wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the park, which offers a 16-mile tour that stops at forts, batteries, attack sites, historic structures, the Vicksburg National Cemetery, and the U.S.S. Cairo Museum. You’ll also find plenty of places to take in the spectacular waterfront views, including the Mississippi River Overlook, Yazoo River Overlook, and 10 South Rooftop Bar and Grill, which offers vistas of the Mississippi River, Yazoo Diversion, and Centennial Lake.
Located on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi, this Delta town has it all. Whether you’re interested in music, literature, history, gaming, or great food, you can find it in Greenville. A great way to take it all in is with a drive down the Great River Road - one of the oldest, longest, and most historic byways in North America. The town is also home to River Road Queen Welcome Center and Museum. The interpretive center is housed in a replica of the steamboat that once served as the Mississippi state exhibit in the World’s Fair.
This waterfront town’s popularity has really boomed since the 1990s, when several casinos were opened near the banks of the Mississippi River. Head to Tunica today, and you’ll find the perfect combination of entertainment and stunning views.
Greenwood is located in the Mississippi Delta and is the site where the Tallahatchie and Yalobusha Rivers meet, forming the Yazoo River. Enjoy Greenwood’s waterfront location by taking the Yazoo River Trail. Part of the Greenwood-Yazoo River Natural Area, the trail includes two routes – the meadow trail, which meanders through gorgeous groves of trees, and the forest trail, which winds along the breathtaking Yazoo River. Other onsite amenities include picnic tables, benches, and bike racks.
Home to under 2,000 people, Rosedale is a small town that just so happens to be home to one of the state’s best kept secrets – the Great River Road State Park. The hidden gem is the only state park in Mississippi where you can actually see the Mississippi River and camp along its banks. There’s even a 75’ observation tower, which offers panoramic views of the Mighty Mississippi. The park also includes Perry Martin Lake, a 25-acre oxbow of the Mississippi River.