Five more Mississippi state parks for fun and scenery
by Lisa Monti
Published: March 27,2014
Tags: Alligator Lake Nature Trail, Belden, Buccaneer Bay Waterpark, Buccaneer State Park, Clark Creek Nature Area, Davy Crockett, Hollandale, LeFleur's Bluff, Leroy Percy State Park, Pirate’s Alley Nature Trail, Pirate’s Lagoon, Trace State Park, Woodville
Waterfalls aren’t something you associate with Mississippi outdoors but Clark Creek has them. The 700-acre nature area is located in Woodville in southwestern Mississippi and has some 50 waterfalls in different sizes, from 10 feet high to more than 30 feet.
Clark Creek’s hilly terrain also is home to some trees and wildlife uncommon for the state. It’s popular with nature lovers, birdwatchers and black bears.
Trace State Park in Belden is close to Tupelo but there’s another famous connection to history besides Elvis. The park was once home to pioneer Davy Crockett when he was a horse trader with the Chickasaw Indians after he lost re-election to Congress in his home state of Tennessee.
The park also is known for 35 miles of combined usage trails that can be used by ATVs, motorcycles, mountain bikes and horses.
Trail riders will see beautiful pine and hardwoods and get views of the scenic lake along the way.
Leroy Percy in Hollandale is the oldest of Mississippi’s State Parks and has a couple of wildly unique features. It’s the only state park that has a wildlife preserve and offers seasonal hunting of deer (with primitive weapons only), squirrel, dove, duck and turkey.
The park also is well known for its alligators which thrive in the parks warm artesian springs. Visitors can view the gators safely from two observation towers. The Alligator Lake Nature Trail passes through the park’s natural wildlife habitat of a delta hardwood forest.
This restored state park features Buccaneer Bay Waterpark, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.
The 4.5-acre park, open daily during the summer, offers Pirate’s Lagoon wave pool with rolling six foot waves, two waterslides and a kiddie pool.
Pirate’s Alley Nature Trail is a 1.8 mile self guided trail winding through beautiful wooded scenery where pelicans, egrets and osprey are easily found.
LeFleur’s Bluff is a natural getaway right in the middle of Mississippi’s capital.
The park, named for the French-Canadian explorer, has camping, fishing, picnic sites and several nature trails plus a nine-hole golf course and driving range. There’s camping, a playground, pavilions, a disc golf course and fishing and boating on Mayes Lake.
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