Updated: Jun 9, 2020
Get outside and experience the beauty of nature in north Mississippi.
Photographed by Joe Worthem
Wall Doxey State Park
Located just 7 miles outside of Holly Springs, Wall Doxey State Park is centered around a 60-acre spring-fed lake. Originally developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the park includes a 2.5-mile nature trail, a picnic area and disc golf courses.
A recreation area in Holly Springs National Forest, Puskus Lake is a remote and quiet 96-acre lake stocked primarily with largemouth bass and bluegill. Facilities include 19 campsites, 13 picnic sites, a boat ramp, fishing piers and a one-mile hiking trail.
Arkabutla Lake is a reservoir located southwest of Hernando on the Coldwater River in DeSoto and Tate counties. In addition to boating and fishing, the land surrounding the lake is used for horseback riding, hiking and biking. The recreational area also includes facilities for camping, swimming and picnicking.
At more than 98,000 acres, Sardis Lake is a destination for fishing and boating in north Mississippi. Recreation areas around the reservoir also offer opportunities for hunting, camping, hiking, mountain biking and picnicking.
Tishomingo State Park
In the foothills of the Appalachians, near the Mississippi-Alabama border, Tishomingo State Park claims the highest natural point in Mississippi. In addition to hiking and bouldering, visitors can enjoy rappelling off the point of Jean’s Overhang. Located on Bear Creek, a tributary of the Tennessee River, Tishomingo also has a small lake where people can canoe, kayak and fish. Dating to the 1930s, camping cabins and other park facilities are built from local stone, and the park also features a historic trapper’s cabin.
Holly Springs National Forest
One of six national forests in the state, Holly Springs National Forest covers portions of Benton, Lafayette, Marshall, Tippah, Union and Yalobusha counties. Its 155,000 acres of national forest land boast small lakes and pine forests in a habitat that encourages native plant species to thrive. Visitors will find trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, and some of the lakes offer fishing and swimming.