Tishomingo State Park
In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains you’ll find the scenic Tishomingo State Park. This is a nature lover and wildlife observer’s paradise. Several trails, varying in difficulty, course through the park, giving you ample opportunity to enjoy nature’s beauty. Be on the lookout for massive rock formations, waterways and waterfalls. There are also many types of wildflowers dotting the landscape. If you don’t have your own camper or tent, cabins are available for rental.
Location: 105 CR 90, Tishomingo, MS
Archusa Creek Water Park
A fisherman’s paradise, Archusa Creek Water Park is abundant with prime fishing real estate. There are seemingly unlimited bass, perch and bream to be caught. Once you’ve caught your fill, head back to your campsite, where you can cook your catch over an open fire. Besides fishing, you can boat, canoe or sail, and there are plenty of trails and opportunities for wildlife watching.
Location: 540 CR 110, Quitman, MS
Nature and wildlife await you at Okatibbee Lake. Not only can you camp out on the grounds you can also hunt and fish. There are several different types of game including deer, rabbits and squirrels. Or cast your line into the lake, where you’ll find largemouth and striped bass, catfish, crappie and bream along with other fish. Other wildlife you may see are American alligators or bald eagles. There are also sandy beaches perfect for building sandcastles while you take a break from swimming. Other activities include volleyball and horseshoes.
Location: 8490 Okatibbee Dam Road, Collinsville, MS
Get ready to relax at Arkabutla Lake. After pitching your tent, go on a wildlife walk and see how many trees, birds and other wildlife you can identify. For the more competitive at heart, try your hand at disc golf. There’s always fishing, too, and with several boat launches you can spend a quiet day on the lake.
Location: 3905 Arkabutla Dam Road, Coldwater, MS
Big Biloxi Campground
Visit the Gulf Coast and surrounding beaches by day and retreat to nature at night at the Big Biloxi Campground. Angles will be delighted with all the fishing to be had — see how many bass, bream or catfish you can catch. You can also enjoy canoeing down the Big Biloxi River. A one-mile trail offers a change of scenery, and an open area give you the chance to play softball, volleyball or any other sport you can imagine.
Location: 19595 Desoto Park Road, Saucier, MS
Yogi on the Lake
Yogi on the Lake is a fun family campground situated on Pelahatchie Lake. There are plenty of activities to choose from, with something for every family member to enjoy. Lake activities include fishing, swimming or pedal boating. There’s also mini golf and a game room with video games, air hockey and pool. Splash around on the spray ground complete with sandy beach, and you can always enjoy a scenic 39145
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