Mississippi is home to some incredible natural wonders – and this road trip will lead you to seven of the best of them! From beautiful state parks to an ancient forest and more, the route is full of wonder-ful sites. So pack up the car and get ready to experience some of Mother Nature’s best creations.
As you can see from the map above, the entire route spans 591 miles and will take just over 11 hours to complete. Of course, you can always modify the route to suit your needs. To do so, simply click on the link below the map.
1. Tishomingo State Park
In terms of natural beauty, not much has changed at this state park since the days when Indians inhabited the land. Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Tishomingo offers a breathtaking landscape made up of massive rock formations and fern-filled crevices that can’t be found anywhere else. Tishomingo State Park is located at 105 Co Rd. 90, Tishomingo, MS 38873.
2. Cypress Preserve Trust
Referred to as "a natural treasure in the Mississippi Delta," this preserve was established in 1940 by the Greenville Garden Club. Encompassing 16 acres, the area’s varying terrain includes sloughs, an area of mixed woodland, and a meadow. The preserve has seen many changes since its inception, including the addition of benches and an observation deck. Greenville Cypress Preserve Trust is located at Cypress Ln., Greenville, MS 38701.
3. Sky Lake
This Belzoni wildlife management area is home to several ancient bald cypress trees – one of which measures 47’ in circumference and 70’ in height, making it one of the biggest in the state. Take in all Sky Lake has to offer via a 1700’ boardwalk or a 2.6-mile paddling trail, both of which navigate the ancient forest. Sky Lake WMA is located at 1692 Townsend Lake Rd., Belzoni, MS 39038.
4. Petrified Forest
Located in Flora, Mississippi’s Petrified Forest is home to 36-million-year-old trees! But the age of the trees isn’t the only thing that makes the forest interesting. Unlike most forests, the trees in this forest are made of stone. Dubbed a "natural phenomenon," the Petrified Forest is a must visit for all ages. The Petrified Forest is located at 124 Forest Park Rd., Flora, MS 39071.
5. Mississippi River at Bluff Park
While Bluff Park itself isn’t a natural wonder, the Mississippi River is. And it’s at this park that you’ll be able to take in breathtaking views of one of the nation’s most famous rivers. The park includes a gazebo and picnic area that overlooks the Mighty Mississippi. If you are up for a bit of a stroll, check out the park’s nature trail and walking bridge, which provides close-up views of the Mississippi River and leads straight to the historic district, Natchez Under-the-Hill.
Bluff Park is located at 101 S Broadway St., Natchez, MS 39120.
6. Clark Creek Nature Area
Experience Mississippi like never before with a visit to this 700-acre nature area. Primitive and improved trails make it easy to explore the incredible outdoor treasure, which features steeply sloping hills, forests, and dozens of waterfalls. With so much to see, you could easily spend an entire day at Clark Creek alone. And while the park doesn’t offer camping, the Tunica Hills Campground is nearby. Clark Creek Nature Area is located at 366 Ft. Adams Pond Rd., Woodville, MS 39669.
7. Red Bluff
A natural wonders road trip wouldn’t be complete without a stop by Red Bluff, which is also known as the "Little Grand Canyon." You can walk right up to the edge of the ½-mile-wide-canyon, where you’ll be met with unparalleled views made up of miles of tree tops and the Pearl River. Or, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, hike down to the bottom of the canyon, which is about 150’ deep. Red Bluff is located at Highway 587, Foxworth, MS 39483.
So, have you visited all of these wonders? Did we forget your favorite? Tell us in the comments section.