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Central Mississippi Parks
The Heart of the Magnolia State Parks
The vast landscape of central Mississippi yields a large number of exciting things to do and see.
From cities like Meridian and Greenwood, to popular attractions like the Old Capitol Museum and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, both in Jackson, you're sure to find just the right destination for you and the family on your next visit to the area. And one of the very best ways to experience central MS is with a trek through any of the remarkable state parks in the area.
Plan a visit to the Jackson area and head for Lefleur's Bluff State Park. A short drive north of downtown Jackson, and just outside of Flowood, Lefleur's Bluff State Park is more than 300 acres of well maintained park land, including the Mayes Lake, perfect for an afternoon of fishing. There are also two nine-hole Disc Golf courses at Lefleur's Bluff State Park.
Between Meridian and Canton you'll discover the Golden Memorial State Park in Walnut Grove. A tribute to what was once a one-room, civil war era school house, Golden Memorial State Park yields plenty of memorable fun – you can fish a well-stocked lake, or enjoy a relaxing hike around the Loblolly Trail, home of the 2nd biggest pine tree in the state.
In the eastern section of central MS, Meridian marks the spot for a pleasant stay – be sure to check out the Clarkco State Park. Found just south of Meridian in Quitman, Clarkco is a nearly 815 acres of pristine woodlands. With 60 picnic sites, a Campstore selling everything from souvenirs to food essentials, fields for baseball and softball, tennis courts, and a playground Clarkco is an ideal destination. You'll also be able to launch your boat and do a bit of water skiing.
In Grenada, discover Hugh White State Park. You'll have access to nearly 64,000 acres of fishable water at Grenada Lake – lots of room to water ski, too. There are playgrounds for the kids, and the Dogwoods Golf Course at Hugh White State Park for those who travel with their clubs. Make the drive in from nearby Greenwood and check it out.
Drive north from Canton into Durant and spend the day at Holmes County State Park. Built around two lakes, Holmes County State Park is a sterling example of the kind of outdoor fun you can have while touring central Mississippi. While both lakes yield fishing chances, English Lake does have a boat launch area, while Odom Lake does not, unfortunately.
Almost directly east of Durant is Louisville where you'll find the Legion Lake State Park. You'll want to hike the nature trail circling Lake Toppasha – at under two miles, it wont burn your whole day. Launch your boat onto Lake Toppasha and land your haul of tasty bass and bream.
Wherever and however you decide to explore central Mississippi and its state parks, you're sure to find the accommodations to be pleasant and agreeable.
Lefleurs Bluff State Park
Located in the heart of the city of Jackson, Lefleur’s Bluff State Park encompasses over 300 acres of wooded parkland along the Pearl River and provides plenty of outdoor fun like fishing for bass, crappie, catfish and bream in the river or Mayes Lake, plus boating starting at the Mayes Lake boat ramp. Lace up your hiking shoes for trekking along one or more of the short and easy hiking trails in the park. Enjoy a relaxing picnic break underneath one of the picnic shelters or find a cool spot in the shade of a tree. Golfers enjoy a day on the park's nine-hole course – or try one of the two nine-hole disc golf courses. While at the park, schedule plenty of time to stroll through the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.
Clarkco State Park
There is an abundance of outdoor recreation across the state of Mississippi. As you venture through the central MS region, head east towards the border and check out Clarkco State Park, a sterling example of outdoor fun.
A popular destination in the city of Quitman, just south of Meridian, Clarkco State Park derives its name from Clarke County, its county of origin. Nearly 815 acres of scenic pastures and woodlands greet you on your visit into Clarkco State Park.
There are 60 picnic sites at this Mississippi state park, each as inviting as the next, and ideal for a charming and tasty afternoon activity. You can explore the park along nature trails, let the kids play around the playground, and you'll certainly want to check out Clarkco Lake for fishing and boating.
Hugh White State Park
Along the southern shore of Grenada Lake in central Mississippi, Hugh White State Park continually proves to be an ideal destination for outdoor recreation at a Mississippi state park. Drive in from Greenwood any time of the year and enjoy picturesque scenery and a wealth of fun. Named for Hugh L. White, the former Mississippi governor, Hugh White State Park is home to the Dogwoods Golf Course.
After you've played 18 holes at Dogwoods, head for the main attraction at Hugh White State Park – Grenada Lake. With more than 64,000 acres of surface area, Grenada Lake is ideal for fishing in hopes of crappie, bass, and catfish. There is also unrestricted water skiing across the entirety of Grenada Lake for you thrill seekers..
Leroy Percy State Park
As you travel along the Mighty Mississippi, head for the Leroy Percy State Park in Hollandale. Found off Highway 12 just northwest of Yazoo City, Leroy Percy State Park is named for former Mississippi senator LeRoy Percy. A highlight of the Delta region, this is the oldest state park in Mississippi.
During your visit to Leroy Percy State Park be sure to check out the wildlife preserve – it's the only state park in the Magnolia State to have its own preserve. The park also offers wildlife viewing, hunting, fishing in Alligator Lake, and a Disc Golf course.
Ross R. Barnett Reservoir
Offering 105 miles of shoreline, with several man-made beaches, the Ross R. Barnett Reservoir is located just outside of Jackson, in central Mississippi.
Catch up on your tan or hop in the water, where opportunities for all kinds of waterborne fun abound – everything from boating, fishing, and swimming to hiking the surrounding area.
George P. Cossar State Park
You'll discover a wealth of outdoor recreation on your visit to Mississippi. As you explore the central region, make your way to George P. Cossar State Park, tucked away along the southern shore of Enid Lake. Make the drive in from nearby Greenwood and enjoy pleasant spring or summer weather at George P. Cossar State Park. The park is named for George Payne Cossar, Sr., a once prominent lawyer in Mississippi.
Enid Lake is a popular destination throughout most of the year – cast your line along the shore and try to land decent haul of bass and catfish. You'll also have the opportunity to boat on Enid Lake, with nearly 28,000 acres of surface area. Don't miss out on an active afternoon of disc golf – check out the Eagle Crest Course for 18 holes of exciting disc golf.
Lake Lowndes State Park
Set on the Alabama border in northeastern Mississippi you'll find Lake Lowndes State Park near Columbus. Head to this Mississippi state park for a visitor center, tennis and basketball courts, and a game room with ping-pong tables – perfect for the kids.
Back outside, enjoy pleasant summer and spring weather on horseback as your trot along seven miles of well groomed equestrian trails. If walking and hiking is more to your speed, Lowndes State Park features the Opossum Nature Trail, nearly four miles of excellent views and sights.
Of course, any visit to Lake Lowndes State Park will yield fishing – cast out along the shore of Lake Lowndes, or launch your boat and try at the deeper areas.
Roosevelt State Park
Set on Interstate 20, you'll find Roosevelt State Park within the Bienville National Forest in central Mississippi – almost directly between Meridian and Jackson.
Your visit to this Mississippi state park will yield an impressive amount of outdoor recreation opportunities, 20 different picnic areas, and scenic nature trails. Lace up your hiking books and checkout the excellent nature views at Roosevelt State Park – you can explore Hollow Hill, Lakeview Hill, Muscadine Hill, or the Beaver Nature Trail.
Many park guests enjoy playing tennis at the tennis courts, and Shadow Lake provides a wealth of outdoor fun. Launch your boat and tool around on the nearly 150 acres of surface area, cast out your line and hope for the best, or try a bit of water skiing, permitted from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Natchez State Park
Open throughout the year, Natchez State Park is a 3,400-acre park featuring everything from fishing and auto touring, to hiking and hunting. Fishing is the most popular activity in the park, as an 18-pound largemouth bass was reeled in from Natchez Lake in 1992. The park also offers wildlife viewing, boating, disc golf, and plenty of picnic spots. Just 10 miles southwest of the park is the historic city of Natchez, yet another Mississippi hotspot for the outdoor enthusiast. Natchez is host to annual events like the Spring and Fall Pilgrimage, and the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race, Natchez State Park is a Mississippi playground with plenty to do.