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You'll find a wealth of impressive attractions as you explore the Mississippi Delta region. From the Natchez State Park, which will yield excellent outdoor recreation, to the annual Vicksburg Riverfest, there's much to see and do along the Mississippi Delta.
Kick-start this trip through the Mississippi Delta in Natchez. A historic and welcoming city, Natchez is in the deep southwest of Mississippi, neatly tucked away along the Mississippi River. It's main driving points are Highway 61 and Highway 425.
Natchez is home to the iconic Melrose Estate, an excellent local example of the Antebellum Era Greek Revival architecture found in abundance throughout the area. Enjoy a day or two exploring Natchez before you depart towards the second leg of this journey.
Though there is much to see and do in Natchez, you'll certainly want to carve out some time to explore the Natchez National Historical Park. You can find the Natchez National Historical Park along Melrose Montebello Parkway, just west of Sgt. Prentiss Dr. It's a sprawling 108 acres home to three main pieces that fully comprise the site: the William Johnson House, the Melrose Estate, and Fort Rosalie.
Make the most of your time exploring this impressive site in Natchez. Be sure to see the Natchez Visitor Center – find maps of the area, gain insights into its history, and see premier art work. The Melrose Estate features ranger-led tours and self-guided tours of the garden, plus interactive exhibits.
Be sure you plan this trek through Mississippi's Delta region for late July when the city hosts their annual Natchez Food & Wine Festival. Experience this culinary delight – what many in the region belive to be the most anticipated event of the year. Foodies from all across the Delta Region flock in for this tantalizing display of tastebud delights.
The Natchez Convention Center is the epicenter of this popular culinary festival. Tastings Along the River is a popular event within this festival, as are The Perfect Brew – a how-to on brewing your own beer – and the Wine Cheese Tasting.
Before you depart Natchez for the next section of this road trip, spend an afternoon enjoying the pleasant outdoor recreation of the area. Natchez State Park is the ideal destination for any outdoor romp in the area. Found just about 11 miles northeast of downtown Natchez, this park is also historic: prior to the U.S. Civil War, half the millionaires living the U.S. had homes at this site, overlooking the Mississippi River.
See all you can within Natchez State Park. There are nature trails, freshwater fishing, a boat ramp area, disc golf, and lots of picnic areas. The kids will enjoy the playground at Natchez State Park, while hikers will no doubt want to check out the nearly one mile long hiking path. The disc golf course is nine holes and 2,736 yards, with stunning views of the Mississippi River.
After a fun few days exploring all Natchez has to offer, hit the road onto your next destination: Vicksburg. The drive from Natchez to Vicksburg is best along Highway 61, and should take you around an hour and a half – it's just over 72 miles.
As the seat of Warren County, Vicksburg is a warm and welcoming city. You'll want to make the most fo your stay – check out major attractions like the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area, Vicksburg National Military Park, and play a round at the Clear Creek Golf Club.
As you embark on your tour of Vicksburg and check out the Catfish Row Children's Art Park. Open daily, 9 a.m. to sunset, this art park is located along Levee Street, which runs along the Mississippi River. The Catfish Row Children's Art Park is intended to be a creative endeavor, showcasing the history of the Mississippi River and the steamboats that used to float atop its waters.
There's the Splash Fountain, a great way to entertain the kids as you explore Catfish Row. Don't miss the Garden Area Walks, and other playful areas where kids can burn up some of their energy. This truly is one of the premier downtown Vicksburg attractions.
Don't forget to pack your clubs before you depart on this exciting Mississippi Delta tour. Plan one of the most exciting and challenging courses in Vicksburg – Clear Creek Golf Club. From downtown Vicksburg, head east along Interstate 20 less than 12 miles – it's just off of Tiffentown Road.
Clear Creak Golf Course was opened in 1977, and features a par of 72. It plays to a max of 6,601 yards from the back tees, and features 18 gorgeous and challenging holes. This Vicksburg golf course was designed by Nathan Grace of the Watermark Golf LLC, and sports a course rating of 71.8, with a slope rating of 118.
From May 18th through July 4th, 1863, Confederate and Union armies were engaged in battle known as the American Civil War Battle of Vicksburg. Today, the Vicksburg National Military Park preserves the site of that conflict, and proves to be one of the must-visit outdoor attractions in the region. Across the 1,852 acres, you'll find a wide range of historic and interesting sites to visit.
Start your day at the Vicksburg National Military Park Visitor Center, which will arm you with all of the relevant informaion and details needed to maximize your fun at the park. Don't miss the Confederate Trenches exhibit, and the Eastern National Bookstore is loaded with valuable information.
After you've seen and experienced the very best Vicksburg has to offer, make your way north into Yazoo City – the final destination on this road trip. There are multiple routes you can take into Yazoo City. The most direct drive is north along Highway 61, moving over to State Route 3 northeast – this is around 48 miles. The other drive is a bit longer – around 66 miles – but may very well be more scenic. It's east aloing I-20, then northeast along State Route 22, which becomes Highway 49 – also known as the direct shot north into Yazoo City.
There's a wealth of historic sites to visit in Yazoo City. One of the most exceptional sites loaded with history is the Oakes African Cultural Center. In 1853, the Oakes family moved to Yazoo City – after John Oakes purchased the freedom of his wife and two children. By 1866, the Oakes had a one-room structure. By 1930, it was a palacial two story home – it's the epicenter of the Oakes African Cultural Center.
You can find this important historical landmark just south of downtown Yazoo City – it's less than a mile along Washington Street. The actual site is on the southwest corner of Monroe Street and Perry Street. It's open for tours weekdays throughout the year – weekends by appointment only.
Originally constructed in 1904 as Yazoo's Main Street School, the Triangle Cultural Center is a beacon is history and lore for the local community. It houses the Yazoo Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Sam Olden Yazoo Historical Society, and a theater. As you wind down this exploration of Mississippi's Delta region, plan for an edifying tour of this historic building. There are few better ways to gain insights into Yazoo City's past.
Before you close the book on this trip, be sure to visit Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Covering close to 38,697 acres just southwest of Yazoo City, Panther Swamp NWR is one of seven refuges connected to the Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Panther Swamp NWR was estbalished in 1978, and today it provides feeding and resting sections for nearly 100,000 winter birds each year.
Anglers from across Mississippi often make the drive in due to the excellent fishing found at Panther Swamp – the Landslide Ditch and the section of Panther Creek near the West Levee are open year round.