Mississippi destinations, parks and attractions
Are you going on a road trip to Mississippi, looking for tips about the destinations so you and your party can enjoy it, be comfortable and not spend a fortune?
Here are some of the top destinations in Mississippi and tips about visiting them
National parks and monuments in Mississippi
- Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield,
The Confederate victory at Brices Cross Roads was a significant victory for Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest, but its long term effect on the war proved costly for the Confederates. Brices Cross Roads is an excellent example of winning the battle, but losing the war.
- Gulf Islands National Seashore,
Gulf Breeze, Florida and Ocean Springs, Mississippi , FL,MS.
Millions of visitors are drawn to the Gulf of Mexico for Gulf Islands National Seashore's emerald coast waters, magnificent white beaches, fertile marshes and historical landscapes. Come explore with us today!
- Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument,
Medgar and Myrlie Evers were partners in the civil rights struggle. The assassination of Medgar Evers in the carport of their home on June 12, 1963, was the first murder of a nationally significant leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, and it became a catalyst for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Myrlie Evers continued to promote issues of racial equality and social justice.
- Natchez National Historic Park,
Discover the history of all the peoples of Natchez, Mississippi, from European settlement, African enslavement, the American cotton economy, to the Civil Rights struggle on the lower Mississippi River.
- Natchez Trace National Parkway,
the states of AL,MS,TN.
The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive through three states. It roughly follows the "Old Natchez Trace" a historic travel corridor used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," European settlers, slave traders, soldiers, and future presidents. Today, people can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping along the parkway.
- Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail,
The Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail consists of five sections of hiking trail running roughly parallel to the 444-mile long Natchez Trace Parkway scenic motor road. The foot trails total more than 60 miles, and offer opportunities to explore wetlands, swamps, hardwood forest, rock outcroppings, overlooks, and the history of the area.
- Shiloh National Military Park,
Visit the sites of the most epic struggle in the Western Theater of the Civil War. Nearly 110,000 American troops clashed in a bloody contest that resulted in 23,746 casualties; more casualties than in all of America's previous wars combined. Explore both the Shiloh and Corinth battlefields to discover the impact of this struggle on the soldiers and on the nation.
- Tupelo National Battlefield,
In July, 1864, Union forces, including men from the United States Colored Troops, marched into Tupelo, Mississippi. Disorganized Confederate soldiers fought fiercely but could not overpower the federal troops. Neither side could claim a clear victory, but Union troops had succeeded in their main goal: keeping the Confederates away from Union railroads in Tennessee.
- Vicksburg National Military Park,
To Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Vicksburg was the "nailhead that holds the South's two halves together." President Abraham Lincoln remarked "Vicksburg is the key" to victory, and could be the north's lifeline into the south. As the federals closed in on the Fortress City, they were met by a ring of forts with over 170 cannon. The resulting battle would determine the war's outcome.
Mississippi State parks and historic sites
- Clark Creek
- George P. Cossar
- Golden Memorial
- Great River Road
- Holmes County
- Hugh White
- J.P. Coleman
- John W. Kyle
- Lake Lincoln
- Lake Lowndes
- Lefleur's Bluff
- Leroy Percy
- Paul B. Johnson
- Percy Quin
- Wall Doxey
Mississippi Seasons, bugs, topography and climate
Mississippi is along the Gulf coast and therefore has a humid subtropical climate, with temperate winters; long, hot summers; and rainfall that is fairly evenly distributed through the year. It tends to be hot and humid from May through September.
Mississippi Camping tips
Mississippi has 24 state parks, nature trails, fishing for Largemouth bass in Natchez Lake or Smallmouth bass at J. P. Coleman State Park or to playing a round of golf at LeFleur's Bluff, or getting wet and wild at the waterslide at Buccaneer. Each park offers a refreshingly unique getaway. Scattered across the state, finding a park close by is easy and, sometimes, half the fun. Spring, summer, fall or winter, each park is open year-round for your convenience.
You can search all of the Mississippi state parks campgrounds here.