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North Mississippi Parks
As you make your way into northern Mississippi, you'll find pleasant and eclectic cities like Ripley, Tupelo, and Horn Lake. You can check out the Elvis Presley Birthplace or the GumTree Museum of Art – maybe even both!
While local attractions and sites are always fun, it's the state parks where northern MS really shines. From the Tombigbee State Park in Tupelo, to the John W. Kyle State Park in Sardis, explore any or all of the state parks in northern MS and find your new favorite.
Travel to the far northeast of MS and head for Luka – you'll find the J. P. Coleman State Park. Drive in from Tupelo or Ripley and explore J. P. Coleman – there's a miniature golf course open seasonally, and more than 47,000 acres of fresh water for fishing and aquatic adventures.
Almost directly south of J.P. Coleman is the Tishomingo State Park, an even shorter drive from Tupelo. This scenic state park located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains features 13 miles of hiking trails yielding stunning views of the Bear Creek, and there's even disc golf – look for the Chickasaw Trail, Warrior Ridge, or the Tushka Run courses.
Closer to Holly Springs, Wall Doxey State Park is yet another sterling example of the fantastic state parks in northern Mississippi. Drive in from Olive Branch or Tunica and check out the Halloween Haunted Hayride and Haunted House – an annual event hosted at Wall Doxey. You can follow the nearly three-mile long nature trail as it winds and bends around Spring Lake, and there are multiple boat launching spots so you can get out there and land some record setters.
You're next journey into northern Mississippi will surely be an eventful one – be sure to make some time to explore the state parks.
Tombigbee State Park
Located about 10 minutes outside of Tupelo, Tombigbee State Park is home to the Tombigbee State Park Historic District – listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Open throughout the year, the Tombigbee State Park is situated along the Tombigbee River and offers plenty of outdoor recreation. Choose from thrilling activities such as hiking, biking, and boating, or take in some leisurely musts like fishing, picnicking, and strolling down some walking paths. Families can take advantage of onsite baseball and softball fields, plus volleyball courts and a disc golf course.
For more outdoor adventure, head to Tupelo – easily remembered as the birthplace of Elvis Presley. Wiggle those hips over to the Tupelo National Battlefield, or the Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site for a little extra family fun in the area.
John W. Kyle State Park
As you explore the southern shore of Sardis Lake in northern Mississippi, you'll find John W. Kyle State Park. A sterling example of the unique, scenic, and pleasant charms of state parks in MS, John W. Kyle State Park was named for John W. Kyle – he was a former U.S. Representative from MS, and a state senator.
With Ripley to the east and Horn Lake to the north, you'll find pleasant and agreeable accommodations in the surrounding areas. A staple of northern MS outdoor recreation, John W. Kyle State Park is home to the Mallard Pointe Golf Course. 18 holes of pristine, rolling hills, the Mallard Pointe Golf Course accepts tee time reservations up to six months in advance.
Many visitors to the John W. Kyle State Park enjoy the abundance of fishing – with more than 58,000 acres of surface area to fish on at Sardis Lake, you'll always have a spot to cast out. Launch your boat or fish from the shore.
J.P. Coleman State Park
Yielding generous views of the Tennessee River in northern Mississippi, J.P. Coleman State Park is an ideal destination when you're seeking outdoor recreation. Named for the former governor of Mississippi, James P. Coleman, the J.P. Coleman State Park is accessible from the nearby cities of Ripley and Tupelo. Be sure to enjoy the fruits of Pickwick Lake – fishing, swimming, and boating chances are abundant.
Lake Pickwick features a massive 47,500 acres of surface area, ideal for fishing and water sports. You'll land an impressive haul of walleye, bass, catfish, and even crappie. You can play miniature golf, devour a tasty picnic style lunch, or, during the summer, head for the 15x60 foot pool. Travel into Luka and discover all the outdoor fun you can handle at J.P. Coleman State Park.
Tishomingo State Park
Not far east of Bay Springs Lake, Tishomingo State Park proves to be an ideal destination in northern Mississippi when visitors seek outdoor recreation.
Drive in from nearby Tupelo and check out a state park rooted in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, and where Paleo Indians once inhabited. Tishomingo State Park is named for Chief Tishomingo, leader of the Chickasaw Nation.
A centerpiece of activity at Tishomingo State Park is Haynes Lake. Yielding healthy bounties of bass, catfish, and bream, Haynes Lake is a top destination for local anglers and boaters. Be sure to have your Mississippi state fishing license before you try to land a record-setter.
There's a course to play Disc Golf, a variety of picnic areas, 13 miles of hiking trails guiding you along side and across Bear Creek, and boat launching areas if you're traveling with yours.
Wall Doxey State Park
On the western outskirts of Holly Springs National Forest check out the Wall Doxey State Park. A premier destination in northern Mississippi, Wall Doxey State Park is west of Ripley and a scenic drive southeast from Olive Branch.
Established in 1935, this Mississippi state park is named in honor of former Mississippi Senator Wall Doxey. Your visit to Wall Doxey State Park will yield a stunning amount of outdoor recreation. You'll have access to 40 different picnic sites, a nature trail and fishing along Spring Lake, and a playground for the kiddos.
Legion State Park
When you explore Red Hill Country in central Mississippi, be sure you head for Legion State Park. A sterling example of the kind of scenic and pristine park land you'll find among the many state parks in Mississippi, Legion State Park is found in Louisville – a charming city north of Meridian and south of Columbus.
A premier destination at any time of the year, Legion State Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
Originally constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Legion State Park yields an array of exciting outdoor recreation – you can fish, hike, mountain bike, boat, picnic, and even bird watch. Follow the nearly two-mile long nature trail around Lake Toppasha and through the Red Hills Archery Range.
Trace State Park
A sterling example of the state parks in northern Mississippi, Trace State Park is set just west of Tupelo. The former home of Davy Crockett is a popular destination at any time of the year, and yields Trace Lake, the Old Warrior Run Disc Golf Course, and the playground for the kids.
Enjoy your time at Trace State Park with a hike or nature walk around the Trace State Park Nature Trail. There are 35 miles of ORV trails perfect for your ATV or motorcycle. You'll enjoy a nice trot around Trace State Park on horseback – just look for any of the equestrian trails.
At 565 acres of surface area, Trace Lake is a popular fishing destination, yielding hauls of bluegill, crappie, and catfish. You'll be able to fish from the shore or launch your boat out onto Trace Lake.