|Published: Winter 2011|
Try Tishomingo State Park in Mississippi
Tishomingo State Park is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Tishomingo County, Mississippi, north of Tupelo. Activities in the park include canoeing, rock climbing, fishing and hiking.
Tishomingo's landscape of massive rock formations and fern-filled crevices is found nowhere else in Mississippi. Huge moss-covered boulders dot the hillsides, and colorful wildflowers border old Indian trails. Archaeological excavations suggest the presence of Paleo Indians in the area of the park as early as 7000 BC. The park was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s. Many of the original buildings are still standing.
The park is named for an early leader of the Chickasaw nation, Chief Tishomingo. Tishomingo Park offers visitors seven hiking trails that range in length from 3/4 to 3 miles and in difficulty from easy to moderate The trails feature beautiful scenery, including natural springs, waterfalls and huge rock outcroppings. Bear Creek is encountered at a number of points by the trail system, and can itself be explored by canoe on one of the float trips offered at the park. Three popular disc golf courses are available, as is a variety of camping and lodging facilities.
The Natchez Trace Parkway, a scenic road operated by the National Park Service and commemorating the historic Natchez Trace, runs directly through the park. Nearby Tishomingo County, Mississippi attractions include the popular skiing and boating destination Bay Springs Lake, Jamie Whitten Lock and Dam, Woodall Mountain, J.P. Coleman State Park and Pickwick Lake.
Phone Park for More Information: :(662)438-6914
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