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Description - Mississippi lies in the heart of the American deep south. It has an overwhelmingly rural population with the majority of people living in the southern half of the state.

Attractions - Mississippi can be split into five travel regions that portray very distinct attractions. The northwest area of the state is largely covered with cotton fields. Most of the vegetation in the region was destroyed over a century ago to make room for the labor intensive crop. This region lies east of the Mississippi River and west of Interstate 55 and extends south to Vicksburg. It is an extremely poverty stricken, rural area. The southern portion of this region contains Delta National Forest, Hillside, Yazoo and Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuges and Vicksburg National Military Park.

The northeastern corner of Mississippi is dissected by the Natchez Trace Parkway, a scenic byway that follows a Native American Trail from Nashville, Tennessee, to Natchez, Mississippi. The largest community in the region is Tupelo, which lies along the scenic parkway. This region of the state contains the southern Appalachian Mountains and several natural areas. Holly Springs National Forest lies north of the trace and Tombigbee National lies south of the highway.

Central Mississippi is most noted for Jackson, the state capital. Also within the region is the Bienville National Forest, which is divided by Interstate 20 between Meridian and Jackson. Agricultural lands dominate much of this region of the state.

The southwestern corner of the state contains the terminus of the Natchez Trace Parkway in the community of Natchez. Tourists flock to this southern town to see the numerous restored mansions of the plantation era. The Homochitto National Forest lies in the center of this region, southeast of Natchez.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast supports the seafood industry as well as a variety of green areas. DeSoto National Forest is the largest National Forest in the state and includes 20 miles of the Black Creek Wild and Scenic River. Gulf Island National Seashore is located on the barrier islands off the Mississippi, and Florida, coast.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities in this state vary with the region. National Forest lands pervade the state with facilities for hiking, canoeing, camping and picnicking. The Gulf Coast region provides access to water-oriented sports such as, sea kayaking, swimming, fishing and boating.

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 hills region to be somewhat cooler than the rest of the state.

Location - Mississippi is located in the southeastern United States bordering the Gulf of Mexico and lies between the states of Louisiana and Alabama.


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Filed By: Elizabeth Gordon (Morton, MS)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The most enjoyable trip I have even taken was a camping trip through Arkansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. The first night out was at Lake Catherine, Arkansas. Beautiful campground but very loud! Rap music at 3:00 a.m., no rangers to be found. Don't camp in Arkansas if you are planning to sleep. The second day was great as we visited Spiro Mounds in Eastern Oklahoma and camped at Natural Falls, OK. Campground was clean and quiet. We headed west and searched for the wildhorse preserve in Dewey Oklahoma, didn't find it but did visit the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. Beautiful, felt as if I was in an episode of Little House on the Prairie. The fourth day of our trip was an adventure as we decided to travel on a little dirt road from Black Mesa, OK to Colorado. Well, we rode and rode and rode, never seeing another person. I began to think we had gone back in time and that it was 1876. But no such luck, after about an hour we came out in Prichett, Colorado. We spent the night in Springfield, Colorado at the Stage Stop Hotel, built in 1900 on the original stage stop. Springfield is a beautiful small town with friendly people and good resturants. The fifth day we decided to head to the Rocky Mountains by way of Trinidad, Colorado. I was amazed that for 45 minutes we never met another vehicle on the two lane, 70 mph highway. We travel on I25 up to Colorado Sprinds, visited Pike Peak then back to Trinidad to camp for the night. The campground was wonderful, lots of pine and juniper smell in the air. But when the sun went down it got COLD!!!! Had to bundle way down in my sleeping bag. We headed back east by way of I40 and old Route 66. Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, New Mexico was a plesant surprise. Extremely deep, cold and crystal clear. We found it amazing that children were swimming in Blue Hole as if it was a kiddy pool. Our night in Texas was in another beautiful campground at Palo Duro Canyon. Quiet and peaceful we were lulled to sleep by the soft strings of a guitar at the next campsite, beat Nelly in Arkansas by a long shot. The rest of the trip back to Mississippi was calm and uneventful.

Filed By: lisa (holden, LA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: I want to know what happend to Flint Creek water park(rv park)?it use to be a great place to camp till Katrina hit. they let it go down weeds,people keeping there campers where no one else can come in and camp, I will not return .and the last camper that was there left food cooking on the gril.

Filed By: Pat Mahan (Alexandria, VA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My family (including my mother, sister, brother, my wife and children) enjoyed a great trip down the Okatoma Creek. This is the only whitewater in Mississippi. The river is beautiful and has an abundance of sandbars on the banks that are great for a picnic stop. Our trip began with the Seminary Canoe Company which has hot showers, clean bathrooms and your care waiting at the take out point. Great not having to wait for a transport after our trip down the creek. We also enjoyed a rope swing along the way and a short nature trail hike. Cannot recommend this trip or Seminary Canoe Rental (1-866-OKATOMA) more highly!

Filed By: Stephen Schlautman (Lumberton, MS.)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I really enjoyed our canoe trip at Black Creek. We used the livery service offered by Black Creek Canoe Rentals in Brooklyn MS. My friends and I took what is known the Short Trip from Big Creek landing to Brooklyn. There were many excellent sand bars to stop and relax. We even found one to set up a picnic. We also discovered a bit of adventure in the rope swings that were built by the locals. If you like the water, you will love Black Creek. For small children i suggest the short trip but they do offer longer day trips and overnight trips as well.

Filed By: Joy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The Pearl River Canoe Company has a great put in at Rosemary's Bridge, near Terry, MS and ends up at Moncure Bridge. It's a scenic river with only a couple of places with swifter moving water and logs or rocks to maneuver around. But not so bad that you're bound to tip over. The river is clean with hardly any litter at all. I'd recommend this river for canoeing.

Filed By: Stan McCarty (Biloxi, MS)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Dec 2001 - Tuxachanie Trail. Great trail. Lots of creeks. Water available. Well marked. Airey Lake has potable water and great camping. Part of trail is located on old rail bed. Lots of bridges and scenery. Recommend lots of bug spray if hiking in warmer months.

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Mississippi Development Authority Division of Tourism Development, P.O. Box 849 , Jackson, MS, 39205, Phone: 866-SEE-MISS

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