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Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area
From the birthplace of Elvis Presley, to historic Civil War sites, the Mississippi Hills feature an eclectic blend of attractions, each yielding exceptional insights into the area. Visit soon and explore the Mississippi Hills.
Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area is enormous. Stretching across 19 counties, and dipping into sections of 11 others, the Mississippi Hills NHA yields fun for all ages and interests.
If music piques your fancy, get ready – there's a wealth of important music history in the area. If you prefer American history, there's plenty see and do there, too.
Many consider the Mississippi Hills to be the land east of Interstate 55 and north of State Route 14 – a majority of the counties who identify as being part of the Hills, fall into this dissection of the state. Cities as far to the northeast as Tupelo and Ripley, and even Columbus, which is one of the most eastern cities in the state.
Because there is such a wide range of places to go, things do see, and Mississippi culture to experience, feel free to plan for you visit for any time of the year. Many of the top attractions are open year-round.
Attractions & Activities
With so many premier and ideal destinations, the Mississippi Hills NHA should suite just about any traveler – parks, historic Civil War sites, top colleges – in the event you're traveling with a soon to be graduating high school senior – and a seemingly endless amount of southern charm.
One attraction found within the Mississippi Hills you simply cannot pass on is the Elvis Presley Birthplace. Whether you celebrate his entire catalogue, or hardly know who is was, there's not doubting his impact on music – of all sorts – as it stands today.
You'll find the Elvis Birthplace in Tupelo, a warm and charming city just north of Tombigbee National Forest. The Elvis Birthplace home was constructed in 1934 by his two uncles. Enjoy a tour of the two-bedroom house, and be sure to check out the Walk of Life – a memorial consisting of 42 granite blocks, one for each year of his life.
Along with the King of Rock & Roll, this region of Mississippi is also home to Nobel laureate William Faulkner, best-selling novelist John Grisham, country music icon Tammy Wynette, and blues legend Howlin' Wolf.
Head outdoors and explore the diverse landscape of northeastern Mississippi. Be sure to take a drive along the Natchez Trace Parkway, or visit the J.P. Coleman State Park is situated in the far northeast corner of the state along the southern shores of the Tennessee River. Wall Doxey State Park is just west of Ripley, and if you seek historic sites, be sure to visit Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site, only minutes north of downtown Tupelo.