HILLS REGION

 

The Hills region gets its name from the gorgeous, rolling foothills of the Appalachians. Hike and rock-climb in Tishomingo State Park. Learn about our state’s history in Corinth at the Civil War Interpretive Center and the Contraband Camp. Drive the Natchez Trace Parkway and have your breath taken away by the scenery along the country’s longest national park. Shop on the historic Oxford Square. See the birthplace of Elvis in Tupelo.

Baldwyn

Lee County  |  City Population 3,351

 

Brice's Crossroads Chief Tishomingo Scenic Byway

607 Grisham St. • 662.365.3969 • finalstands.com

Three cemeteries along the byway are the final resting places of community founders. Included are sites where Chickasaw Indians lived, farmed and held tribal councils.

 

Mississippi’s Final Stands Interpretive Center

607 Grisham St. • 662.365.3969 • finalstands.com

Enjoy three battlefield trails, an NPS site, interpretive markers and two cemeteries located on 1,600 acres of hallowed ground. The Interpretive Center features the two last stands of the Confederate cavalry at Brice's Crossroads and Tupelo/Harrisburg.

Tue - Sat, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission.

 

Batesville

Panola County  |  City Population 7,506

 

Panola Partnership, Inc.

150A Public Sq. • 662.563.3162 • 888.872.6652

 

Historic Batesville Square

Public Square • 662.563.3126

The historic Batesville square feels like home. Several events throughout the year are held on the square. With its unique shopping and services, downtown Batesville truly has something for everyone.

 

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

113 Panola Ave. • 662.563.4576

Built in the 1890s, the church held religious services until the 1940s. Currently, the church serves as a meeting place for civic organizations. The handmade furniture was made by German prisoners of war at Como Internment Camp.

 

 

Belmont

Tishomingo County  |  City Population 1,952

 

Covenant Creek Farm

1399 County Rd. 961 • 662.454.0584

Baby animals for visitors viewing pleasure. School and group tours available. Delicious goat cheese, candy soaps and other organic products are manufactured and sold.

 

Hilltop Art Studio Art by Shelley Ozbirn

332 County Rd. 68 • 662.454.9993

Southern folk art, altered art and traditional art. Paintings in watercolor, acrylic and oil. The artist creates her one-of-a-kind paintings in her studio atop the hills of Belmont. By appointment.

 

 

Blue Mountain

Tippah County  |  City Population 675

 

Doll Collection Exhibit

Blue Mountain College, Guyton Library • 201 W. Main St. • 662.685.4771 • 800.235.0136 • bmc.edu/collections.asp

The Mary Dean Hollis Historical Doll Collection contains 105 of the 134 dolls representative of the clothing styles worn by Blue Mountain College students from
1877 to present.

Daily, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

Pumpkin Patch Farms

2390 County Rd. 805 • 662.685.4328 • pumpkinpatchfarms.com

October is one of the most beautiful and exciting times of the year on this farm. Join them at the Great Pumpkin Patch for outdoor fun and activities that the whole family can enjoy. Activities throughout the year.

 

 

Booneville

Prentiss County  |  City Population 8,664

 

Booneville Area Chamber of Commerce

100 W. Church St. • 662.728.4130 • 800.300.9302

 

Adkins Farms

373 Hwy. 364 • 662.728.1371 • adkinsfarms.com

Pumpkins, cornfield, maze, hayrides, weddings, reunions, school trips, parties, games and more.

 

Booneville City Park & Kidstown

507 N. Third St. • 662.728.4132

Activity area, fully-lighted bicycle and walking path, nature trails, picnic areas and ball fields.

 

Cunningham House

100 Truman St. • 662.720.1066

Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest planned the victorious Battle of

Brice’s Crossroads here during the Civil War.

Thu - Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Rails & Trails Museum

100 Truman St. • 662.720.1066

Historic depot built in 1913; renovated caboose.

Thu - Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.;  Sat, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

 

Burnsville

Tishomingo County  |  City Population 1,036

 

One-Room Colored School Museum

Five Fulton St. • 662.423.3500 • tishomingohistory.com

Schoolhouse represents the history of one-room schools in the county. The museum tells stories of local rural African-American families and the children who attended. Original artifacts are part of the exhibits.

 

 

Byhalia

Marshall County  |  City Population 706

 

Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce

2452 Church St. • 662.838.8127 • Byhalia-ms.com



Coldwater

Tate County  |  City Population 1,667

 

Arkabutla Lake

3905 Arkabutla Dam Rd. • 662.562.6261 • mvk.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/ArkabutlaLake.aspx

Located ten miles northwest of Senatobia near the town of Coldwater. Excellent fishing, hiking, boating and camping. Owned and operated by

US Army Corps of Engineers.

 

Coldwater River Hiking Trails

Arkabutla Lake • 662.562.6261 • mvk.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/ArkabutlaLake.aspx

Trails located in beautiful natural setting along shores of scenic Arkabutla Lake.

 

 

Como

Panola County  |  City Population 1,265

 

Como Main Street

P.O. Box 13 • 901.340.7281 • comomainstreet.com

 

Alan Lomax’s Repatriated Blues Photographs & Recordings

Como Public Library, 104 N. Main St. • 662.526.5283

Alan Lomax was a folklorist and musicologist who celebrated music, photography and film around the world. Lomax’s recordings, photographs and film capture the unique regional blues of the Como area.

Mon, Wed - Fri, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 

Country Cycles Shop & Museum

201 Old Mill Rd. • 662.526.0041

A working Harley shop and vintage museum filled with old bikes, memorabilia and antiques. Nothing can describe this fun place. Owner Clark Gregory entertains with eccentricity and knows his Harleys.

 

Historic Walking Tour

Town of Como

Brochures provide a basis for a self-guided walking tour that highlights

the historic beauties in Como’s residential neighborhoods.

 

Home Place Pastures

1513 Home Place Rd. • 662.292.5808• homeplacepastures.com

Family-owned farm since 1871. Rich cultural history tied to local blues artists, livestock and commercial agriculture. Today, a sustainable hog operation producing pork products. Farm and animal tours. On-farm purchases.

 

 

Corinth

Alcorn County  |  City Population 14,573

 

Corinth Area Convention & Visitors Center

215 N. Fillmore St. • 662.287.8300 • corinth.net

 

 

Alcorn County Genealogical Society

Alcorn County Courthouse, 600 Waldron St. • 662.286.0075 • avsia.com/acgs

Contains family file folders, family history, surname books, census records, marriage and cemetery records and tax and probate records.

Thu - Fri, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. By appointment. Free.

 

Battery F

Davis St. • 662.287.8300 • corinth.net

Built by the Federal Army in mid-1862, Battery F remains a pristine example of Civil War earthworks. Daily, dawn to dusk. Free.

 

The Beauregard Line

N. Polk St. • 662.287.9273 • 800.748.9048 • corinth.net

One of the finest examples of Civil War fortifications to be found, the Beauregard Line, composed of seven miles of earthworks, spanned the east, north and west sides of Corinth. Interpretive panels located on four observation platforms. Guided tours periodically.

Call ahead. Free.

 

Biggers Hardware

602 - 604 Cruise St. • 662.287.1445

Opened in 1918, it has since been a mainstay in the community. The store is in the fourth generation of the Biggers family. Open year-round.

Mon - Sat, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free.

 

Borroum’s Drug Store

604 Waldron St. • 662.286.3361 • borroumsdrugstore.net

Founded in 1865 by former Confederate Army surgeon A.J. Borroum, this is the oldest drugstore in the state. It houses Native American artifacts, Civil War relics and an authentic working soda fountain.

Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free.

 

Black History Museum of Corinth

1109 Meigg St. • 662.665.8500 • 866.539.8500

Display of memorabilia and artifacts relating to black history with focus on religion and education.

Thu - Fri, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Donations accepted.

 

Circle Y Equestrian Center

503 County Rd. 512 • 662.665.0820

Horseback riding, arena and camps, field trips, petting zoo, miniature golf and other children’s activities. Admission for field trips and pumpkin patch.

Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m. - dark;

Sun, 1 - 5 p.m. By appointment.

 

Civil War Earthworks

Various sites •  662.287.8300 • 800.748.9048 • corinth.net

Corinth has the largest number of intact Civil War earthworks in the nation. Constructed by Confederate and Union Armies stationed at Corinth and used in the city’s defense.

Daily, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free.

 

Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center501 W Linden St. • 662.287.9273 • nps.gove/shilCenter features exhibits that explain military and civilian experiences during the Civil War. It also includes exhibits relevant to African-American heritage.Daily, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Christmas Day. Gift shop. Free

 

Corinth Architectural Tour

215 N. Fillmore St. • 662.287.8300 • corinth.net

Includes examples of various styles from the 1850s through the 1930s, including Mississippi Historical Landmarks and National Historic Landmarks. Free.

 

Corinth Artist Guild

507 Cruise St. • 662.665.0520

Local artists and artisans display their works in all art venues and media types. Classes for adults and children are taught in oil, acrylic, watercolor painting and pottery.

Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Gift shop. Donations accepted.

 

Corinth Coliseum Civic Center

404 Taylor St. • 662.287.8300 • corinthcoliseum.com

Built in 1924, this showplace of Victorian and Art Deco design features black and white tile, ornamental plaster, imported white marble wainscoting and a grand staircase. Mississippi Landmark and National Register of Historic Places. By appointment. Free.

 

Corinth Contraband Camp

902 N. Parkway St. • 662.287.9273 • nps.gov/shil

In 1862, a contraband camp was built in Corinth for escaped slaves seeking refuge with the Union Army. The 600-acre camp had a working farm, church, commissary, hospital, school and housing area. As many as 6,000 people resided here.

Daily, dawn to dusk.

 

Corinth Driving Tour

East and North of Corinth • corinthcivilwar.com

Tour of battle sites and headquarters, first-person accounts of events, and an extended tour stopping at earthworks and sites east and north of Corinth. CD and map available at the Corinth CVB or downloaded online. Free.

 

Corinth National Cemetery

1551 Horton St. • 901.386.8311 • cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/corinth.asp

Gravesites of 1,793 known and 3,895 unknown Civil War soldiers. Interments represent 273 regiments from 15 states.

Daily, 8 a.m. - sunset. Free.

 

Corinth Railroad Crossing

221 N. Fillmore St. • 662.287.8300 • corinth.net

This crossroads of the Memphis and Charleston and the Mobile and Ohio Railroads identified Corinth as a strategic location in the Western Theater

during the Civil War. Free.

 

CROSSROADS MUSEUMHistoric Corinth Depot, 221 N. Fillmore St. • 662.287.3120 • crossroadsmuseum.comDisplay of all things Corinth from the Paleolithic Period to the present day. Housed in the Historic Corinth Depot, permanent displays emphasize transportation and the Civil War.Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun, 1 - 4 p.m. Gift shop. Admission.

 

Dilworth’s Tamales

111 Taylor St. • 662.665.0833

One of the defining businesses in the black community, opened in 1962. Dilworth’s has been featured in Southern Living magazine.

Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun, 2 - 7 p.m.

 

Forrest Hill Cemetery

Bunch St., West of Meeks St.

Site predates the Civil War. Markings identify graves as far back as the mid-1860s. Slaves and a few Confederate soldiers are buried here. The cemetery is the resting place of many prominent black families of the Corinth area, including the city’s only black mayor, E.S. Bishop. The cemetery is still in use today.

 

A Guide to the Corinth Campaigns of 1862

215 N. Fillmore St. • 662.287.8300 • corinth.net

In 1862, the railroad crossing in Corinth was described as being the “16 most important sq. ft. in the Confederacy.” The campaign map traces the Corinth Campaign from Corinth to Shiloh and Iuka, and back. Free.

 

Lake Hill Motor Museum

2003 Hwy. 72 E • 662.287.4451 • mississippihills.com

One of America's largest motorcycle/ATV dealerships. Home to a collection of antique, classic and custom automobiles and motorcycles.

Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free.

 

Mt. Moriah UMC

800 Meigg St. • 662.287.8899

The Freedom Society sent missionaries to the South to organize private schools and churches. Mt. Moriah UMC was founded in 1866. The present building was built in 1928. Free.

 

Tuscumbia Gardens

38 County Rd. 502 • 662.287.2603 • mississippihills.com

Variety of daylilies for sale to individuals and landscapers. You-pick blueberries, blackberries and muscadines. Fresh produce is available year-round due to the gardens’ hothouse innovations.

 

Tuscumbia Wildlife Management Area

Smithbridge Rd. • 662.862.2723 • mdwfp.com

2,600 acres of dove, quail, duck, squirrel and deer hunting. Check with The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks for hunting seasons, rules and regulations.

Mon - Sat, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Verandah Curlee House

705 Jackson St. • 662.287.8300 • corinth.net

Come see the beautiful home and grounds of the only tourable Civil War home in Corinth. Thu - Sun, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Fulton

Itawamba County  |  City Population 4,095

 

Beans Ferry Studio

427 Justice Rd. • 662.862.5696 • beansferrypottery.net

One-of-a-kind artist creations. View The Chosen Vessel, a 45-minute presentation about the potter’s wheel, set to music and presented regularly by reservation.

Mon - Sat, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Barnyard Mudboggers Off-Road Park

3727 Joe Wheeler Brown Rd. • 662.523.2276 • barnyardmudboggers.com

715 acres of hills, trails, mud and campingfun for the entire family. Please view the website or Facebook page for hours. The park is open every other weekend, Fri - Sun.

 

Fulton Tenn-Tom Trails

West Main St. and Access Rd.

4.2 miles of lighted walking trails located on the banks of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.

 

Holley Farms

2000 Patton Flat Rd. • 662.871.6949 • holleyfarms.com

50-acre farm, five-acre corn maze, pumpkin patches, animal alley, wagon ride, 30-ft. super slide, playground areas and country store. Weddings year-round. Open last week of Sep - Nov 1.

 

John Bell Williams Wildlife Management Area

662.862.2723 • mdwfp.com

This management area was established in 1973 and contains approximately 3,000 acres owned by the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District and leased to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks for wildlife management and public usage.

 

Jamie L. Whitten Historical Center

100 Campground Rd. • 662.862.5414

Videos and displays examine waterways and Appalachian-region programs. Nature trail, fishing, auditorium and picnic area.

Apr 1 - Aug 31, daily, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sep 1 - Mar 31, daily, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Old Bridge Beach on Bay Springs Lake

MS Hwy. 4; Prentiss County Rd. 3501 • 662.423.1287 • 662.728.0189

15 miles north of Fulton. Playground, fishing pier, large shelters, picnic tables, grills, bathrooms, volleyball court, swimming area and white sand beach.

 

Underground Railroad Bicycle Route

adventurecycling.org

Enters the beautiful countryside of Itawamba County along the southern border of the county. Then, just north of Fulton, it joins the Natchez Trace Parkway as it continues through Alabama.

 

 

Grenada

Grenada County  |  City Population 13,092

 

Grenada Tourism Commission

95 SW Frontage Rd.

662.226.2060 • 800.373.2571 • visitgrenadams.com

 

 

Belle Flower Missionary Baptist Church

Corner of Pearl St. and Water St. • 662.226.3613

The oldest African-American church inGrenada and site of civil rights  meetings. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached here on January 22, 1967.

Sun, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Call at other times.

 

Chakchiuma Swamp

N. Main St. • 662.230.0368 • swampgrenada.wordpress.com

Tupelo gum trees and bald cypress trees are located in this area. Great blue herons, yellow-crowned night herons, great egrets and other wildlife are present.

Open year-round. Free.

 

Confederate Cemetery

Hwy. 51 and Cemetery St. behind Odd Fellows Cemetery • 662.226.2060 • 800.373.2571 • visitgrenadams.com

Contains 180 graves of unknown Confederate soldiers.

Daily, dawn to dusk.

 

Grenada Confederate Forts

2088 Scenic Route 333 • 662.226.5911 Ext. 3100

Remains of earthwork forts built to protect against Union forces led by Gen. U.S. Grant. The forts provided headquarters for the historic Civil War raid on Holly Springs.

Daily, dawn to dusk.

 

Grenada Historical Museum & Coca-Cola Memorabilia Display

223 First St. •  662.226.2571 • 800.373.2571

Come hear and see the story of Grenada from prehistoric to recent eras. The museum provides relics, artifacts and interpretations of many time periods.

Call for an appointment. Free.

 

Grenada Lake

2202 Scenic Loop 333 • 662.226.5911

Over two million visitors come annually to these 36,000 acres of water, 138 Class-A campsites, beaches, hiking trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, ball fields and picnic shelters.

 

Grenada Lake Visitor Center Museum

2088 Scenic Route 333 • 662.226.1679 • mvk.usace.army.mi

Learn about the US Army Corps of Engineers missions and Grenada Lake's cultural and Civil War history. The theater provides informational and water safety videos, and the overlook offers a panoramic view of the 36,000-acre lake.

Wed - Sat, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Haserway Wetland Demonstration Area

662.226.5911

330-acre area supports abundant wildlife with special emphasis on public access and environmental interpretation. 100-acre green tree reservoir and two shorebird wading areas. Easy access viewing of wildlife areas.

 

Historic Grenada Walking & Motor Tour

95 SW Frontage Rd. • 662.226.2060 • 800.373.2571 • visitgrenadams.com

Self-guided tour of historic homes and landmarks. Brochure available at tourism office.

Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

LeFlore Hiking Trail System

628 Malmaison Headquarters Rd. • 662.453.5409 • mdwfp.com

Three-mile historic hiking trail leading through land that originally belonged to Choctaw Indian Chief Greenwood LeFlore, featuring steep loess bluffs, beech trees, scenic Potacocowa Creek and a cabin in pecan grove.

 

Lost Bluff Hiking Trail

Grenada Lake • 662.226.4934

A 2.2-mile hiking trail loop in rugged terrain, featuring overlook of dam, outlet and original channel of Yalobusha River. Winds through deep hollows with ferns and virgin timber. Visit Civil War sites in the area.

 

Yellow Fever Cemetery

Wood St. at Second St. • 662.226.2060 • 800.373.2571 • visitgrenadams.com

The yellow fever epidemic of 1878 all but destroyed the town of Grenada. The cemetery became a historical landmark in 1960.

Daily, dawn to dusk.

 

 

 

 

Hernando

DeSoto County  |  City Population 14,700

 

 

Anderson’s Pottery

2701 Scott Rd. • 662.429.7922 • jimandersonpottery.com

Handmade stoneware pottery with hand-mixed glazes. Each piece is dishwasher and microwave safe, nontoxic and oven proof.

Tours and demonstrations by appointment.

 

Arkabutla Lake

3905 Arkabutla Dam Rd. • 662.562.6261 • 877.444.6777  •  1.usa.gov/1mNAWde

Known for some of the best fishing and sailing with acres of land for public hunting and hiking, as well as Class A and primitive campsites, boat ramps, swimming beaches, picnic areas and playgrounds.

 

Arkabutla Lake Education and Nature Center (ARK) Trail

Hwy. 304 W of Fogg Road • 662.489.9708  •  desotogreenways.org

The 2-mile ARK Nature Trail is part of the future Arkabutla Lake Nature and Education Center. Open year round.

 

Baptist Industrial College MAKER

West End District • 662.393.8770 • sodesoto.com

Founded in 1900 by the North Mississippi Baptist Educational Convention. The first school in the county to offer education through 12th grade to African-Americans and one of the earliest private schools for African-

Americans in north Mississippi.

 

Cedar Hill Farm

008 Love Rd. • 662.429.2540 • gocedarhillfarm.com

Hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, fishing, paintball, playground and picnic area. Open to the public for seasonal and year-round events and by reservation for private events.

 

DeSoto Arts Council  Gallery & Gardens

564 W. Commerce St. • 662.404.3361 • desotoarts.com

The county-wide home for the arts with space for exhibitions, classes,

meetings and special events with local artisans' work. Gift shop.

Wed - Sat, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

DeSoto County Confederate Monument

Hernando Memorial Cemetery • 2846 Magnolia Dr. • 662.429.8852 • desotomuseum.org

One of the state’s oldest monuments dedicated to the Confederate dead, erected in 1875, with 100 marked graves and a mass grave for 60 soldiers.

Daily, dawn to dusk.

 

DeSoto County Courthouse

2535 Hwy. 51 S • 662.469.8000 • desotocountyms.gov

Built in 1942. Learn the history of Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto, who explored this area in 1541 - 1542, through restored paintings that depict Hernando's voyage to discover the Mississippi River.

Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

DeSoto County Museum

111 E. Commerce St. • 662.429.8852 • desotomuseum.org

The museum provides education programs, as well as exhibits on the history of DeSoto County. Browse the 1840's restored log cabin. Free Admission.

 

Genealogical Society of DeSoto County

3260 Hwy. 51 S • 662.469.8495 • msgw.org/desoto

An extensive library with records dating back to the 1840s is maintained by the Genealogical Society of DeSoto County. Mon - Wed, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.;

Thu - Fri, by appointment.

 

Gus Cannon’s GraveSite

Oak Grove M.B. Church Cemetery, 2451 Hwy. 51 S • 662.393.8770 • sodesoto.com

A banjo and jug player, born in 1874. Gus wrote and first recorded the song “Walk Right In,” which became a No. 1 hit for The Rooftop Singers, in 1963.

 

Hernando DeSoto River Park

N. of Lake Cormorant, adjacent to the town of Walls •662.489.9708 • desotogreenways.org

The 41-acre Hernando DeSoto River Park is DeSoto County's only public access to the Mississippi River, with benches, picnic tables and grills near the boat ramp.

 

Joseph Eckles Stoneware

2650 Scott Rd. • 662.429.1621 • josephecklesstoneware.com

Custom hand-thrown and wheel-thrown pottery. Each work of art is dishwasher and microwave safe.

Tour and demonstrations by appointment.

 

Springhill Historic Memorial Garden Cemetery

NW Corner Oak Grove Rd. and Robertson Gin Rd. • 662.429.8852 • springhillfriends.com

DeSoto County's oldest cemetery, established in 1836. Only six monuments date after 1900. A historical reenactment of people buried here takes place each October around Halloween.

 

 

Holly Springs

Marshall County  |  City Population 7,694

 

Holly Springs Tourism & Recreation Bureau

195 E. Van Dorn Ave. • 662.252.2515 • 888.687.4765 • visithollysprings.com

 

 

Bagley Bottoms Environmental Interpretive Area

From State Hwy. 7 at Abbeville, take County Rd. 244 east 5.5 miles.

Located south of County Rd. 244 just past Frontage Rd. 2079.

View resident and/or migrating populations of terrestrial animals, songbirds, waterfowl and an array of flora and aquatic life. Two small ponds and Bagley Lake are open to fishing.

 

Baker’s Pond Hiking Trail

Holly Springs National Forest • 662.236.6550 • mississippihills.org

One-mile hiking trail, graveled stairway trail to the ridgetop overlooking Baker’s Pond, an artesian spring and flowing hillside springs surrounded

by Appalachia-like terrain and plant life.

 

Chewalla Lake Hiking Trails

Holly Springs National Forest • 662.236.6550 • mississippihills.org

Hiking trail network around beautiful Chewalla Lake, the largest reservoir in the 147,000-acre Holly Springs National Forest. Fully developed recreational area, beach, swimming, campsites with RV hookups.

 

Fitch Farms

955 Thomas Rd. • 662.551.2280 • fitchfarms.com

A 7,000-acre working plantation and accommodations in restored pre-Civil War cabins including a Nathan Bedford Forrest home. Hunting packages for quail, deer and turkey. Event facilities available.

 

Hill Crest Cemetery

380 S. Maury St. • 662.252.2515 • visithollysprings.com

Burial site of 13 Confederate generals, heroes and heroines of the 1878 yellow fever epidemic, and Hiram Revels, the first African-American elected to the US Senate. Daily, dawn to dusk.

 

Holly Springs Motor Sports

159 Old Hwy. 7 S • 662.252.5600 • hollyspringsdragstrip.com

An eight-mile NHRA-approved track open Sat and Sun. Sun gates open at 3 p.m., with time trials at 4 p.m. and eliminations at 5 p.m.

Test-N-Tune and grudge racing Sun.

 

Holly Springs National Forest

726 Chewalla Lake Rd. • 662.236.6550 • southernregion.fs.fed.us/mississippi/hollysprings

Chewalla Lake offers visitors a natural, tranquil experience with amenities that make it easy to please the entire family. Features an Indian mound built by the area’s inhabitants more than a thousand years ago.

 

Holly Springs Self-Guided Tour

195 E. Van Dorn Ave. • 662.252.2515 • 888.687.4765 • visithollysprings.com

Walking or driving tour featuring historic homes, churches and other points of interest. Free.

 

Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum

220 N. Randolph St. • 662.252.3232 • mississippihills.org

Display of art collections by African and African-American artists, artifacts, and historical documents housed in the historic Spires Bolling Home, birthplace of famed journalist and women’s activist Ida B. Wells.

Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat, 12 - 5 p.m. Tours by appointment.

 

Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery

300 E. College Ave. • 662.252.2515

Works by Kate Freeman Clark, the grandniece of Confederate Gen. Edward Carey Walthall and paintings by William Merritt Chase, one of America’s most outstanding artists.

By appointment.

 

Marshall County Historical Museum

220 E. College Ave. • 662.252.3669 • marshallcountymuseum.com

Relics from 11 wars, antique toys, clothes from yesteryear, farm tools, county wildlife, Indian artifacts, library, glassware, photography and local art.

Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat, by appointment. Closed the week before Christmas.

 

Montrose & Montrose Arboretum

335 E. Salem Ave. • 662.252.2515

c. 1858. This antebellum Greek brick mansion shows the influence of the Classic Revival, and the arboretum contains 50 different species of trees native to the area.

By appointment.

 

Phillips Grocery

541 E. Van Dorn Ave. • 662.252.4671

Known worldwide for its famous hamburgers. The store features early-1900s memorabilia and rustic decor.

Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Roy Wilkins Collection

150 E. Rust Ave. • 662.252.2491

Papers, awards, memorabilia, civil rights material and other items belonging to the former executive secretary of the

NAACP, who was born in Marshall County.

By appointment.

 

Rust College Beckley Center

155 Rust Ave. • 662.252.4590 • rustcollege.edu

Rust College was established in 1866 to educate freed slaves. Renamed in 1890 to honor Richard Sutton Rust. The Beckley Center is home to the Ronald Trojcak African art collection of tribal arts and fabrics.

Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Weekends by appointment. Donations accepted.

 

Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

285 Plains Rd. • 662.252.1155  • strawberryplains.audubon.org

State office of the Mississippi Audubon Society. Restored antebellum home, beautiful hummingbird garden, 2,600-acre property and extensive grounds; 15 miles of trails.

Daily tours, call for times. Admission.

 

Van Dorn Raid Driving Tour

148 E. College Ave. • 662.252.2515 • 888.687.4765 • visithollysprings.com

The tour tells the story of the December 1862 raid on Holly Springs by Confederate Gen. Earl Van Dorn, which stopped Gen. U.S. Grant’s first attempt to take Vicksburg.

Open year-round, Sun - Sat. Free.

 

Yellow Fever Martyrs Church Museum

305 E. College Ave. • 662.252.2515 • visithollysprings.com

Tells the story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1878, which devastated the city.

Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. By appointment. Admission.

 

 

Horn Lake

DeSoto County  |  City Population 26,000

 

American Contract Bridge League Museum

6575 Windchase Blvd. • 662.253.3100 • acbl.org/museum

Located inside the ACBL headquarters is an interactive museum that is home to the world’s largest collection of bridge memorabilia, trophies, videos, ACBL Hall of Fame and more. Free.

 

Circle G Ranch

5921 Goodman Rd. • 662.393.8770 • bit.ly/1ib5Sgp

Formerly owned by Elvis and Priscilla Presley. When phase one restoration is completed, there will be an amphitheater for concerts, a dynamic water feature in the lake and more.

 

Latimer Lakes Park

5633 Tulane Rd. • 662.342.3469 • hornlake.org/parks

The 120-acre park features a nature walking trail, tennis courts, baseball and football fields, three lakes, 20-hole disc golf course, playground and skating park for skateboards, bicycles and inline skates.

 

 

 

Iuka

Tishomingo County  |  City Population 4,000

 

Tishomingo County Tourism Council

1001 Battleground Dr. • 662.423.0051 • 800.386.4373 • tishomingofunhere.org

 

 

The Apron Museum

110 W. Eastport St. • 662.279.2390 • apronmuseum.com

Museum preserving the art, fashion and history of aprons.

By appointment only.

 

Driving Tour Battle of Iuka

1001 Battleground Dr. • 662.423.0051 • 800.FUN.HERE (800.386.4373) • tishomingofunhere.org

America’s bloodiest high point: The Battle of Iuka. “The fight began and was waged with a severity I have never seen surpassed.” – Gen. Sterling Price, CSA, September 19, 1862.

 

Iuka Covered Bridge

Located on Indian Creek Rd., adjacent to Iuka Mineral Springs Park. • 800.386.4373 • tishomingofunhere.org

One of very few in the state of Mississippi.

 

Mineral Springs Park

E. Quitman St./Indian Creek Rd. • 800.386.4373

World famous mineral springs named after Chickasaw Chief Iuka. Water won the 1902 World's Fair prize for best mineral water. Playground, pavilion, historic dogtrot log cabin, picnic area, walking track, skateboard facility, tennis courts and veterans memorial.

 

Oak Grove Cemetery

Constitution Dr. • 800.386.4373

Final resting place of Civil War soldiers and the longest serving governor of Mississippi, John Marshall Stone.

 

Pickwick Lake

Northeast corner of Mississippi • 662.423.6972

47,500-acre, world-class, scenic freshwater lake on the Tennessee River; 496 miles of shoreline, great smallmouth bass fishing, outstanding boating, cabins, motel and camping at J.P. Coleman State Park.

 

Shady Grove Cemetery

Spring St. • 662.423.3500

Mass burial site of 263 Confederate soldiers killed in the Battle of Iuka.

Daily, dawn to dusk. Free.

 

Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway

3606 W. Plymouth Rd. • 662.327.2142 • tenntom.org

Over 200 miles of river, lakes and Class A outdoor recreational areas that create an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise from Pickwick Lake to south of Columbus.

 

Tishomingo County Archives & Museum

203 E. Quitman St. • 662.423.3500 • tishomingohistory.com

c. 1870. Burned in 1886 and rebuilt in 1888, the courthouse is home to a division of the Tishomingo County Historical and Genealogical Society.

Tue - Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat (May - Sep) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Gift shop. Free.

 

Woodall Mountain

Hwy. 25 S to County Rd. 185  • 800.386.4373 • tishomingofunhere.org

Highest elevation in Mississippi at 806 ft.

 

 

Jacinto

Alcorn County  |  City Population Under 100

 

Jacinto Courthouse

Hwy. 356 east of Rienzi • 662.286.8662 • 800.748.9048 • mississippihills.org

Completed in 1854, Jacinto Courthouse presents a compelling story of a bygone era and a bustling Southern boomtown. Tour this example of Federal- style architecture. Hours vary. Donations accepted.

 May - Sep, Tue - Fri and Sun, 1 - 5 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Apr and Oct - Dec, Sat, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun, 1 - 5 p.m.

 

 

Michigan City

Benton County  |  City Population Under 100

 

Burton’s Sugar Farm

9714 Hwy. 72 • 662.224.8212 • mississippihills.org

This centennial family farm preserves our farming heritage with displays of how our ancestors lived and machines with which they worked. It is also home to the seasonal Catfish in the Barn Restaurant, a unique and rustic destination dining experience.

 

 

 

Nesbit

DeSoto County  |  City Population 6,767

 

 

Jerry Lee Lewis Home

1595 Malone Rd. • 901.527.7256 • sodesoto.com jerryleelewis.com

“The Killer’s” home is a redbrick ranch house surrounded by a large brick-and-board wall. Drive by and see the piano gates.

 

Merry Christmas Tree Farm

1890 Getwell Rd. N • 662.429.9462 • merrychristmastreefarm.com

Take a ride into the number one tree farm in the Mid-South during November and December and pick out your favorite Christmas tree. Christmas gift shop opens mid-November. Closed Sunday.

 

Nesbit Blueberry Plantation

690 Bankston Rd. • 662.429.3778 • nesbitblueberry.com

Pick your own blueberries or purchase pre-picks. Open mid-June through end of the season. Call for picking times or check website. Closed Sunday and Monday.

 

 

New Albany

Union County  |  City Population 8,065

 

Visit New Albany  •   New Albany Visitors Center

135 E. Bankhead  •  662.534.1407  •  visitnewalbany.com

 

Faulkner Literary Gardens

112 Cleveland St. • 662.538.0014 • ucheritagemuseum.com

Public literary garden devoted to New Albany's native son, William Faulkner. Flora of Faulkner's "postage stamp of native soil."

Tue - Fri,  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Donations accepted.

 

Historic Downtown New Albany

Bankhead St. and Main St. • 662.534.3438 • 888.534.8332 • newalbanymainstreet.com

Visitors can shop, walk the historic trail, enjoy art and dine in downtown cafés.

 

Ingomar Mounds

Hwy. 15 S • 662.538.0014

Native American Indian mounds.

By appointment. Free.

 

Tallahatchie River Park & Arboretum

126 W. Main • 662.534.1047

Peaceful wooded park and arboretum adjacent to downtown on the bank of the fabled Tallahatchie River. Features Frisbee golf course, farmers markets, walking trails, children's area, special events and more.

 

Tanglefoot Trail

100 E. Bankhead • 662.534.1047 • tanglefoottrail.com

Travel down the path of the Chickasaws and Meriwether Lewis, or the railroad built by Col. William C. Falkner, great-grandfather of Nobel Prize winning author William. The 43.6-mile bike trail begins in downtown New Albany and courses through the countryside to Houston, MS. Bike rentals available at trailhead. Free.

 

Union County Heritage Museum

112 Cleveland St. • 662.538.0014 • 888.534.8332 • ucheritagemuseum.com

Indoor and outdoor exhibits including birthplace of William Faulkner, Native American, pioneers, one-room school, industry, art, fossils and garden.

Tue - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free.

 

Wolf Howl Animal Preserve

1177 State Rd. • 662.534.8112 • everythingwolf.com

Observe wolves and wolf pups and learn about their habitat and behaviors. Visitors may get to witness scent rolling and howling. Pets are not allowed. Gift shop.

Admission. By appointment.

 

 

Oakland

Yalobusha County  |  City Population 386

 

Rocky Point National Recreation Hiking Trail

George Payne Cossar State Park  • 165 County Rd. 170 • 662.623.7356 • mdwfp.com

4.5-mile nationally designated, hiking trail network beginning and ending at Plum Point Recreation Area. Descends to Enid Lake, passes impressive gullies in deep woods. Additional trails: Quail Run Nature Trail, 2.5 miles, and Beech Hollow Nature Trail, five-miles.

 

 

 

 

Olive Branch

DeSoto County  |  City Population 35,000

 

Arts in the Alley

Olive Branch Old Towne Main Street, Pigeon Roost Rd.  • 901.619.0261 • 662.404.2787 • obarts.com

Free outdoor art gallery, located in the alley next to the Chamber of Commerce. Paintings by local artists are periodically rotated. Open year round.

Blocker Cemetery

Blocker St. • 662.892.9238 • http://bit.ly/oboldtowne

Milton Blocker and his brother-in-law, Stephen Flinn, purchased two sections of land from an Indian in 1836. Milton Blocker donated land for Blocker Cemetery, established in 1847.

 

Brussel’s Bonsai Nursery

8125 Center Hill Rd. • 800.582.2593 • brusselsbonsai.com

The largest importer and grower of bonsai in the United States. Visit the state-of-the-art facility, with over 175,000-sq. ft. of greenhouse space. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

 

Olive Branch City Hall Museum & Veterans Monument

9200 Pigreon Roost Rd. • 662-892-9223 • www.obms.us

Documents, photographs and artifacts recounting Olive Branch history. The only Veteran’s monument in DeSoto County is at the front entrance of City Hall, honoring those who have and are serving.

 

Olive Branch City Park

8267 Goodman Rd.• 662-893-5219 • www.obms.us/local-parks

The 135-acre park features two-miles of walking trails with exercise stations, a nature trail, five tennis courts, ballfields, three lakes, playground, eight-lane track, amphitheater and two picnic pavilions.

 

Olive Branch Old Towne Main Street

Between Hwy. 305, Hwy. 178 and Goodman Rd., Pigeon Roost Rd. • 662.893.0888 • olivebrancholdtowne.org

Center for gifts, collectibles and antiques in the Mid-South area. Enjoy the self-guided historic walking trail or any of the outdoor concerts and events.

 

Painted Pigeon Gallery & Gifts

9144 Pigeon Roost Rd. • 901.619.0261 • www.obarts.com

Art by local artists, available for purchase, including paintings, handmade decorations, photography and more. Open Friday 12am-4pm and Saturday 11am-4pm.

 

Oxford

Lafayette County  |  City Population 19,000

 

Visit Oxford

1013 Jackson Ave. E

662.232.2477 • 800.758.9177 • visitoxfordms.com

 

 

Bailey’s Woods/Rowan Oak Hiking Trail

662.232.2477 • visitoxfordms.com

Scenic hiking trail that runs through Bailey’s Woods from the university campus to Rowan Oak, home of William Faulkner.

 

Burns Belfry

visitoxfordms.com

Organized by freed slaves in 1869 in an area of Oxford once known as “Freedmen’s Town.” The current building was erected in 1910 and played a major role in the lives of many African-Americans in Oxford from 1910-1974, when the new church was built several blocks away. In 2002, author John Grisham donated the church building to the Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation. Open to the public.

Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Sun, 1 - 4 p.m.

 

Cedar Oaks

601 Murray Dr. • 662.232.2367

Built in 1859 by William Turner, Cedar Oaks is a Greek Revival structure that has survived a tumultuous past. Open for tours by appointment and can also be rented.

 

Center for the Study of Southern Culture

University of Mississippi Campus • 662.915.5993 • southernstudies.olemiss.edu

Housed in Barnard Observatory on the University of Mississippi campus, the center promotes regional studies and is the first of its kind in the nation. Projects include the award-winning Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Living Blues magazine and the gospel music magazine Rejoice! In addition it co-hosts the annual Faulkner Conference.

 

Confederate Cemetery

Behind Tad Smith Coliseum • 662.234.4680 • 800.758.9177

Burial site of Confederate soldiers who died as a result of the Battle of Shiloh.

Daily, dawn to dusk.

 

Gertrude Ford Center for the Performing Arts100 University Ave. • 662.915.2787 • fordcenter.org88,000-sq. ft., multi-event hall serves the University of Mississippi's performing arts’ needs and its commitment to cultural enrichment and outreach service. The first presidential debate in 2008 between then Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain was held here. Broadway shows, concerts, ballet and more, the Ford Center is a premier entertainment venue.

 

Historic Downtown SquareCourthouse Square • 662.232.2477 • 800.758.9177 • visitoxfordms.comThe center of culture and the town’s economic hub since 1837. The square is home to a variety of shops and elegant boutiques including the South’s oldest department store, Neilson’s, as well as world renowned independent bookstore, Square Books (and sister bookstores Off Square Books and Square Books Jr.). Extraordinary cuisine is also abundant around the historic downtown square from down-home cooking to elegant haute cuisine and everything in between.

 

L.Q.C. Lamar House616 N. 14th St. • 662.513.6071 • lqclamarhouse.comThe life and times of Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, Mississippi’s greatest 19th-century statesman, are vividly portrayed in the permanent exhibit at the L.Q.C. Lamar House Museum.Fri - Sun, 1 - 4 p.m. Free to students 18 and younger.  Admission.

 

Rowan Oak Old Taylor Rd.662.234.3284c. 1840. Home of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner from 1930 until 1962. View the outline of his famous novel A Fable, written in the author’s own hand on his study wall. Call for tours.Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun, 1 - 4 p.m. $5 admission.

 

Square Books

160 Courthouse Sq. • 662.236.2262 • squarebooks.com

Nationally-recognized independent bookstore featuring a section on Mississippi authors as well as a Faulkner section. Thacker Mountain Radio Show is a live radio show with guest authors and musicians at Off Square Books, the sister store of Square Books and the children's bookstore Square Books Jr.

Square Books: Mon - Thu, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sun, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Off Square Books: Mon - Sat, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun, 12 - 5 p.m.

Square Books Jr.: Mon - Thu, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun, 12 - 5 p.m.

 

St. Peter’s Cemetery

Jefferson at N. 16th St. • 662.232.2477 • 800.758.9177

Nestled in the rolling hills of a quiet neighborhood.  Resting place of William Faulkner and many of Oxford’s prominent citizens. L.Q.C. Lamar, former Congressman, Secretary of the Interior and Supreme Court Justice, is buried here.

 

State Highway 334 Scenic Motorcycle Byway

State Hwy. 334 from Oxford to Pontotoc

28-mile scenic motorcycle byway.

 

The University of Mississippi

200 Lyceum • 662.915.7211 • olemiss.edu

Named one of “America’s Most Beautiful College Campuses” by Forbes Magazine. The Lyceum is the oldest building on campus, built in 1848 and was the only survivor of the five original buildings on campus after the Civil War. Designed for walking. Visitors obtain a parking pass from University Police Department, located on Rebel Dr.

 

  University MuseumUniversity Ave. and S. Fifth St. • 662.915.7073 • museum.olemiss.eduThe University Museum is home to several impressive permanent collections including an extensive collection of the work of Theora Hamblett, a native Oxonian folk artist. Traveling exhibitions from other museums are also represented.Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free for permanent collections, $5 admission for special exhibitions.

 

 

Pontotoc

Pontotoc County  |  City Population 5,500

 

Pontotoc County Chamber/Main Street association

109 N. Main St. • 662.489.5042 • pontotocchamber.com

 

Fruit Loop Biking Trail

Off Hwy. 6, between Oxford and Pontotoc • 662.489.5042

A 5.5-mile, challenging mountain-biking trail through pine forest.

 

Historical District Main St. and surrounding downtown areas

662.489.5042 • pontotocchamber.com

Features county courthouse, three churches and homes dating back to 1836. Enjoy walking downtown and take in the sights. Confederate Square is the hub for city and county business.

 

Pontotoc Cemetery

116 N. Main St. • 662.489.4321

A burial site of Civil War soldiers and Ruby Elzy, an African-American opera singer who appeared on stage, radio and film.

Daily, dawn to dusk.

 

Pontotoc County Historic Driving Tour

59 Main St. • 662.488.0388

A self-directed driving tour using a recording and a brochure. Begin at site No. 1 and tour the county through 29 sites with markers at historical sites.

 

Pontotoc: Legends from the Wilderness

800.572.6084 • tupelohistorictours.com

Historic walking tour of Pontotoc. Call for reservations.

 

Tanglefoot Trail GM & O Rails to Trails Northern District

662.489.2415 • tanglefoottrail.com

Walkers, bikers, joggers and nature lovers can enjoy the 44.5-mile trail which extends from Houston, Pontotoc and New Albany.

 

Town Square Post Office & Museum

59 Main St. • 662.488.0388

Three floors of exhibits with the history of Pontotoc County in a working post office.

Gift shop. Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

Westmoreland’s Antique Exhibit

1710 Hwy. 9 N • 662.489.7673

Farm equipment, a windup Victrola and antique quilts are part of this collection, which includes a miniature replica of a country farm town built in the mid-1800s.

By appointment.

 

Wise Farms Corn Maze

291 Shady Grove Rd. • 662.640.1011 • wisefarmer.com

The entire family will enjoy fun-filled hayrides, entertainment, games, activity center and Korny’s Snack Bar. Get lost in the maze, and get lost in the fun.

Seasonal, call or visit website for hours. Admission.

 

 

Ripley

Tippah County  |  City Population 5,656

 

Ripley Historic District • hpc.ripley.ms

Tour Ripley’s National Register Historic District, look for investment opportunities, or just walk around and take in the vintage vibe.

 

State Highway 15 Scenic  Motorcycle Byway

State Hwy. 15 from Walnut to Beaumont

A 291-mile scenic motorcycle byway on State Hwy. 15 from Walnut to Beaumont.

 

Tippah County Historical Museum

106 Siddall St. • 662.512.0099

The Chickasaw Nation, Col. William Faulkner, Nathan Bedford Forrest and others have stories to tell when you visit. Weapons, clothing, tools and Indian artifacts.

Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Donations accepted.

 

 

Sardis

Panola County  |  City Population 1,680

 

Heflin House Museum

C304 S. Main St. • 662.487.3451 • facebook.com/heflin.house

c. 1858. Antebellum home filled with furnishings and objects from the late 1800s. Tells the story of Panola County from Indian times through the 1900s.

Third Sunday of each month, 1 - 4 p.m., or by appointment. Donations accepted.

 

Panola Playhouse

212 Main St. • 662.487.3975 • freewebs.companolaplayhouse

The Panola Playhouse, founded in 1962, is one of the longest continually-running live theaters in the state of Mississippi. This unique, 150-seat theater hosts Broadway hits and classics year round.

 

Rose Hill Cemetery

N. Main St. • 662.487.3451

Burial site of war veterans since the Civil War, as well as the founders of Sardis.

Daily, dawn to dusk.

 

Sardis Lake/Sardis Lower Lake Birding & Wildlife Viewing Area

4155 Clay St. • 662.563.4531 • mvk.usace.army.mil

Well known for diversity of birding and wildlife opportunities; auto-accessible vantage points around lower lake. Clear Springs Nature Trail features wooden boardwalk. Fee charged for boat launching. Beaches and pavilion.

 

St. John’s Catholic Church

N. Main St. • 662.487.3451

c. 1890. Historic Gothic church with 19th century charm.

By appointment.

 

 

Senatobia

Tate County  |  City Population 8,165

 

Tate County Economic Development Foundation

135 N. Front St. • 662.562.8715 • tatecountyms.com

 

Senatobia Memorial Park & Arboretum

Park St. • 662.562.8715 • tatecountyms.com

Award-winning arboretum with park located downtown along railroad. Walking trail, gazebo, benches and tree markers. Main St. at Park St. Center of Senatobia's Tree City designation throughout community.

 

Senatobia Wetlands

SE of Exit 265, I-55/Hwy. 4 • 662.562.8715 • tatecountyms.com

Public nature observatory and picnic area. Built by the US Army Corps of Engineers on a corner of a wetlands area. Includes rookery, picnic tables and walkway.

 

Tate County Courthouse  & Heritage Museum

Ward St. • 662.562.8715 • tatecountyms.com

c. 1875. A Mississippi Landmark built of locally produced brick, this historic structure houses exhibits throughout the museum. It is the oldest continuously used courthouse in the state.

Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free.

 

Tate County Genealogical Library & Archives

105 Court St. (Leroy Crockett Building) • 662.562.8715 • tatecountyms.com

Contains over 2,000 volumes, both as hard copy and on microfilm. All Mississippi census microfilm; library has microfilm copying capabilities.

Thu - Fri, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Southaven

DeSoto County  |  City Population 49,000

 

DeSoto County Tourism

4716 Pepper Chase Dr.

662.393.8770

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BANKPLUS AMPHITHEATER AT SNOWDEN GROVE PARK6285 Snowden Ln. • 662.892.2660 • snowdengroveampitheater.comThe outdoor concert venue has hosted acts such as ZZ Top, Alt J, Avett Brothers, Weezer, Kenny Chesney, Dave Matthews, Steve Miller, Bryan Adams, Widespread Panic, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and more. Fixed seating for 4,000 and additional seating for 7,000 on the lawn. Call or visit website for schedule.

Edmondson Cemetery

782 Stateline Rd. • 662.393.8770 • sodesoto.com

Founded in 1844 and rests on a tree-shaded hilltop. Graves include those of early settlers in this area, Indian traders, politicians and Civil War veterans.

Daily, dawn to dusk.

 

 Landers Center4560 Venture Dr. • 662.280.9120 • 888.280.9120 • landerscenter.comHosts DeSoto Family Theatre productions throughout the year, such as Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast and Steel Magnolias, in addition to summer camp programs. Home of the RiverKings hockey team.

 

Mississippi Delta Great River Road

Hwy. 61 at north Mississippi boundary, south to Vicksburg • fhwa.dot.gov

A 275-mile journey along the Great River Road, known as Blues Alley, opens the door to Mississippi’s history. Hwy. 61 takes you from north Mississippi, south into the Delta.

 

Southaven Parks & Recreation Sports Center

3335 Pine Tar Alley • 662.890.7275 • southaven.org

Kids of all ages can enjoy indoor batting practice, soccer practice, miniature golf, arcade and snack bar. Located in Snowden Grove Park.

 

 

 

Tishomingo

Tishomingo County  |  City Population 318

 

Bear Creek Paddle Trip

Tishomingo County • 662.438.6914

Canoeing scenic stream in Tishomingo State Park. Rocky outcrops, Appalachian Mountain forest and slopes appeal. Rentals in park. Chosen as one of the “Top 100 Paddle Trips Nationwide” by Reserve America.

 

Fellowship Christian Retreat

281 County Rd. 115 • 662.438.7727 • crowsneck.org

A Christian retreat center located on a 530-acre wooded peninsula on

6,600-acre Bay Springs Lake.

Call for times.

 

Swinging Bridge Tishomingo State Park,

105 County Rd. 90 • 662.438.6914

The native stone and steel cable bridge crosses high above Bear Creek and is the

 

 

Tupelo

Lee County  |  City Population 35,930

 

Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau

399 E. Main St. • 662.841.6521 • 800.533.0611 • tupelo.net

 

 

Confederate Grave Sites

Natchez Trace Parkway, • Milepost 269.4 • 662.680.9025 • 800.305.7417 • nps.gov/natr

Burial site of 13 soldiers supposedly executed by their commander, Braxton Bragg. Daily, dawn to dusk.

 

Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum306 Elvis Presley Dr. • 662.841.1245 • elvispresleybirthplace.comThe birthplace of the "King of Rock ‘N’ Roll" includes the modest home Elvis' father built, statue of Elvis at 13, memorial chapel, a walk of life, fountain of life, park, museum and the church Elvis attended as a child. Multi-media presentations.Mon - Sat, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Sun, 1 - 5 p.m.

 

Gumtree Museum of Art

211 W. Main St.  • 662.844.2787 • gumtreemuseum.com

Non-profit museum promoting the visual arts; it is a major cultural asset to Mississippi.

Tue - Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

HealthWorks! Kids Museum

219 S. Industrial Rd. • 662.377.5437 • 800.843.3375 • healthworkskidsms.org

Kindergarten through eighth graders are introduced to a lifetime of healthful habits.

Mon – Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Mississippi Hills Exhibit Center398 E. Main St. • 662.269.2580 • mississippihills.orgThe Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area covers a 30-county region whose culture is influenced by the intersection of the Appalachian region and the Mississippi Delta. The center offers information and assists travelers in learning about this area.Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free.

 

Natchez Trace National Scenic Parkway & All American Road

2680 Natchez Trace Parkway  • 662.680.4025 • 800.305.7417  • nps.gov/natr

20 nature trails, three sections of National Scenic Trail, biking, hiking, horseback riding and camping.

 

Natchez Trace Parkway Scenic Biking Trail

2680 Natchez Trace Parkway • 662.680.4025 • 800.305.7417  • nps.gov/natr

300-mile trail, picnic areas, activity areas, nature trails, developed and primitive camping.

 

Natchez Trace Parkway Visitors CenterNatchez Trace Parkway, Milepost 266 • 662.680.4025 • 800.305.7417 • nps.gov/natrHeadquarters for this scenic route from Natchez to Nashville, Tennessee. Facilities open year-round for motorists, bikers and cyclists. Includes a film about the Natchez Trace.8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; closed Christmas Day.

 

Natchez Trace Scenic Hiking Trails

2680 Natchez Trace Parkway • 662.680.4025 • 800.305.7417 • nps.gov/natr

Hiking trails along the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway. Three segments: Rocky Springs, five miles; Ridgeland, 20.5 miles; Tupelo, seven miles.

 

Oren Dunn City Museum

689 Rutherford Rd. • 662.841.6438 • orendunnmuseum.org

Learn about the milestones in Tupelo history, such as the 1864 Battle of Harrisburg and the 1936 Tupelo tornado.

Tue - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission.

 

Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery

111 Elizabeth St. • 662.842.1341 • fws.gov/pvtjohnallen

25 acres, 14 earthen ponds and one lined pond produce millions of fish each year. A 1904 Victorian manager’s house and Grandmother’s Gardens.

Mon - Fri, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

Tupelo Automobile MuseumOne Otis Blvd. • 662.842.4242 • tupeloautomuseum.comMuseum includes a collection of 150 automobiles, beginning with an 1886 motorized carriage created by Karl Benz that is considered the world’s first automobile, and representing every era of automotive history.Mon - Sat, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Sun, 12 - 4:30 p.m.; Closed Easter, New Year’s, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission.

 

Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo2272 N. Coley Rd. • 662.844.8709 • 866.272.4766 • tupelobuffalopark.comThe Tupelo Buffalo Park, with the largest herd east of the Mississippi River, will delight the entire family. Bus tour, petting zoo, a wide assortment of animals, trail rides and gift shop.Hours are seasonal. Admission.

 

Tupelo Hardware Co.114 W. Main St. • 662.842.4637 • tupelohardware.comFamily owned hardware store founded in 1929 and still in operation today. Gladys Presley bought Elvis his first guitar as a tenth birthday present from Tupelo Hardware Co. The company embraces its importance in music history, with an employee dedicated to the interpretation of the story for guests, and still sells guitars.Mon - Fri, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Sat, 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 

Tupelo National Battlefield

Hwy. 6 • 662.680.4025 • 800.305.7417 • nps.gov/tupe

Site of July 1864 battle between the forces of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and Union Gen. William T. Sherman. Neither side proved victorious. Site of the last major engagement of the Civil War in Mississippi. \

Daily, dawn to dusk.

 

Tupelo Veterans Museum

Adjacent to the Oren Dunn City Museum • 662.844.1515 • tupeloveteransmuseum.com

War memorabilia honoring those who dedicated their lives to ensuring freedom for all Americans.

Tue - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Donations accepted.

 

 

 

Verona

Lee County  |  City Population 3,390

 

Mississippi State Extension & Research Center

5421 Old Hwy. 145 S • 662.566.2201 •  msucares.com

Stroll through several acres of plants, including vegetables, roses and experimental growings, with gazebos, a Japanese water garden and botanical gardens.

Free. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Walls

DeSoto County  |  City Population 1,160

 

 

Hernando Desoto River Park

North of Lake Cormorant • 662.489.9708 • desotogreenways.org

The 41-acre park is DeSoto County's only public access to the Mississippi River, with benches, picnic tables and grills near the boat ramp.

 

Historical Edgefield Indian Mounds

Corner of Norfolk Rd. and Thomas Rd. • 662.429.8852 • sodesoto.com

Two ancient Indian burial mounds with parking on top of the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River basin.

 

Memphis Minnie Gravesite

7564 Norfolk Rd. • 662.393.8770 • sodesoto.com

Memphis Minnie, born Lizzie “Kid” Douglas in 1897, is considered by many to be the best female blues singer of all time, and was among the first twenty performers inducted to the Hall of Fame in the inaugural W.C. Handy Awards in 1980. Located at New Hope M.B. Church Cemetery. Mississippi Blues Trail Marker. Daily, dawn to dusk.

 

 

Water Valley

Yalobusha County  |  City Population 3,830

 

Bozarts Gallery

403 N. Main St.  • 662.473.2484 • bozartsgallery.com

Downtown gallery and artist collective located in a National Register of Historic Places building.

Thu - Fri, 12 - 5 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

J. Clayton’s Eclectic Arts Studio

408 N. Main St. • 662.473.3303

Main St. gallery and frame shop featuring local artists.

Thu - Fri, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Turnage Drug Store

323 N. Main St. • 662.473.2442

Best place in the Valley since 1907 for a soda, malt or milkshake.

Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Water Valley Casey Jones Railroad Museum

105 Railroad Ave. • 601.473.1154 • watervalley.net/users/caseyjones/casey.htm

Learn the story of the American railroad hero and legendary train engineer.

Thu - Sat, 2 - 4 p.m.

 

Yalo Studio & Gallery

303 N. Main St. • 662.473.9099 • yalostudio.com

Ten-ft. wide art space located in a former barbershop.

Tues - Sat, 12 - 5 p.m.

 

Yalobusha Brewing Co.

201 S. Main St. • 855.925.6273 • yalobrew.com

Located in an old railroad foundry building. The only craft brewery in North Mississippi.

Tours, Fri, 4 - 6 p.m.

FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF CASINOS, GOLF COURSES, STATE PARKS, RV PARKS/CAMPGROUNDS, HOTELS/MOTELS AND BED & BREAKFASTS & UNIQUE LODGING PLEASE REFER TO THEIR RESPECTIVE CHARTS IN THE GUIDE.

 

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