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Description - On the Chunky River there is a 65-foot water fall created in the mid 1850's by John Dunn, an Irish immigrant, to power a grist mill. The falls, created by diverting a stream that flowed 70 yards from a bluff, cascades over the craggy bluff only to be tamed by the calm, quiet Chunky. The curious and nature lovers alike are drawn to this peaceful, idyllic spot.

Attractions - An 1857 grist mill was moved from Cave Springs, Georgia in 1987 and reconstructed on the site of Dunn's original mill, as well as the rustic homestead fascinate history buffs. Stocked with catfish and complete with ducks, the mill pond and a picnic area are a great spot for a family outing.

The crystal clear river offers fishing, canoeing and swimming. A short walk removes visitors from even a nod to civilization, as nature trails wind through the woods which are home to wild turkey, deer, squirrels and other wildlife, carrying hikers - eventually - back to the pond. There is one cabin available for rental. Primitive camping sites are available for those who like to rough it. Paddleboats are also available for rental.

Recreation - Visitors to Dunn's Falls Water Park enjoy primitive camping, cabin stays, fishing, swimming, paddle-boating, picnicking, hiking and taking in the peace and beauty of this Pat Harrison Water Park. The park is open year-round Wednesday through Sunday.

Climate - Mississippi lies mainly in the subtropics. The climate is mild with the coldest months experiencing low temperatures near 40 degrees F. Summer temperatures frequently reach 100 degrees F, with coastal breezes providing cooling relief. Humidity is highest in August and September reaching an average close to 90%. The highest rainfall comes during the spring months, but December and January are wet, too. Expect temperatures in the northeastern region to be somewhat cooler than the rest of the state.

Location - Dunn's Falls is located on the Chunky River, 15 miles south of Meridian, Mississippi. A map is a available above on this page.


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Filed By: Micah Evans (Madison, MS)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I remember going to Dunn's Falls back in the 70's as a kid. My mom and dad took me and their friends took their kids camping and canoeing on the Chunky river. I have canoed the Chunky and played on Dunn's Falls more times then I can remember. It breaks my heart ot see it now. All I see is an old, natural beautiful part of nature messed upo by the state and Army Corps of engineers. All for greed and revenue. I remember the clear, cool, flowing stream that natually fed the falls. My friends and I used to play in that clear, sand bottom stream that ran through the woods. It makes me sick to see the engineering that rerouted the stream, messed it up, and also to see the freaking mud hole they call a swimming pond. Its disgusting. So, for some one who never saw the falls in its natural state, you would never know the difference, but I do. I remmeber how beautiful it was when it was in its natural state, before they put their hands on it, and started charging money to see it. Im disgusted, and sad.

Filed By: Slaven (Osyka, MS)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: AWESOME! From the friendly, helpful and thoughtful folks at the entrance gate on there is were no disappointments! We took 2 of of grandchildren, 8yr and 6yrs camping for the weekend here. The catfish pond is very well maintained and very clean area. Some biggies in there! The kids had a blast with the paddle boats too! Enjoyed touring the griss mill and history there. Heard it was quiet a busy weekend, but we were secluded and never noticed and the folks managing the place treated us like VIPS. We will definitely go back there! Very family oriented, very clean and the prices great, memories priceless! The 8 yr old doesn't swim well enough to use the rope swing into the river. The stair way down to the river from the griss mill is exactly as the signs posted say they are; STEEP and quiet a way down, and up. Extremely safe stairs and a rest point w/bench about halfway down. Which "I" was very thankful and used. Seeing the waterfall though is worth the walk down and back up. Our 6yr old grandson sums this place up the best; "the best place he has ever been in his whole USA lifetime"! Loved it!

Filed By: Garner421 (Gardendale, al)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: 7-4-05 we took 2 kids and had a blast , the kids loved everything ,This was our 2nd time here, and its cheap.with food, gas and the fee to get in we spent $45.00. i found an old nail that could have been from the first building. and my oldest learned how to swim here.and she love the rope swing.(so did i)if you take your family and when you get to the river wade or walk the trail to the north part , its calmer, going south will take you to more rough waters. GO AND HAVE FUN, WE DID

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
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Filed By: "Sunshine" & "Redfeather" (Ridgeland, MS)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We went to check Dunn's Falls out for a potential destination after riding motorcycles to picnic and relax. The day started cloudy, but by the time we got to Dunn's Falls, the sun came out and it was unbelievable! I had no idea Dunn's Falls was so Awesome! We enjoyed the time we were there and plan to go back with a group of bikers. Look for us Christian Motorcyclists Association..God Bless and Ride Safe!!

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: want to rent a cabin. for 2adults an 3kids under the age off 12years old.


More Information

Contact Information:
Dunn's Falls Water Park, 6890 Dunn's Falls Rd , Enterprise, MS, 39330, Phone: 601-655-8550

Additional Information:
Mississippi Lakes and Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs listed here range from huge reservoirs covering over 60,000 acres, to small lakes tucked away in the Mississippi back woods.
Mississippi Water Parks - The Pat Harrison Waterway District offers ten water parks with scenic beauty, a variety of accommodations and an array of outdoor recreation opportunities. The water parks can be quiet and restful, or wet and wild.
Pines Region - The Pines Region encompasses the east-central portion of Mississippi, with the Alabama border forming its eastern boundary. It encompasses the areas surrounding the cities of Meridian and Columbus, west to Winona and Forest.

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