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State Parks, Trail Systems, & Wildlife Refuges.Outdoor enthusiasts, it’s time to get in a Mississippi state of mind. The Magnolia State is home to 24 state parks, 14 wildlife refuges, and six national forests.
Each of these Mississippi playgrounds offers miles of hiking trail, stretches of scenic river, and incredible fishing lakes.
Known as the City with Soul, Jackson is Mississippi’s capital and most populous city. Set in central Mississippi, Jackson features plenty of annual events, family-friendly activities, and opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Take the kids to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, enjoy yourself this summer at CelticFest Mississippi, or explore the adventurous Lefleur's Bluff State Park.
A year-round playground, the De Soto National Forest takes up nearly 400,000 stunning acres of southern Mississippi. Visitors to De Soto may look forward to boating, hunting, and fishing, plus wilderness areas, scenic rivers, and national recreational trails.
Other outdoor escapes in Mississippi include the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge near Columbus, and the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge north of Biloxi, Gautier and Moss Point.
And for more adventure in Mississippi’s state parks, check out Percy Quin State Park in McComb, Natchez State Park near Natchez, and Tupelo’s Tombigbee State Park in northern Mississippi.