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Visit any of Mississippi’s 24 state parks and uncover some of the best vacation spots in the world. Whether it’s winding your way down a nature trail or relaxing by an open fire, state parks are some of Mississippi’s best kept secrets. Spring, summer, fall or winter, each park is open year-round for your convenience. Whether it’s a spur of the moment outing or an extended vacation, a Mississippi State Park is sure to have what you’re looking for. They’re always fun and, of course, always in season.

Buccaneer State Park | Waveland

Located on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico and just 50 miles from historic New Orleans, Buccaneer State Park is a year-round vacation spot rich in coastal beauty and recreational opportunities. The area now encompassed by the park was frequented by pirates in the 1700s, and figures prominently in mysterious tales of smuggling and buried treasure. Today Buccaneer State Park is best known for its exciting wave pool, which provides a safe yet exciting setting for summer rafting and body surfing, and as a winter retreat where the mild temperatures allow outdoor recreation year-round.

J.P. Coleman State Park | Iuka

Perched on a rocky bluff overlooking the Tennessee River, J.P. Coleman State Park offers the finest in all types of water sports. Visitors experience unmatched sailing, swimming, skiing, and fishing for Smallmouth bass in the sparkling waters of Pickwick Lake, and enjoy camping and exploring in the untamed wilderness along the banks of the Tennessee River.

Lake Lowndes State Park | Columbus

Lake Lowndes State Park offers complete recreational facilities for individuals, families, and groups. Located on a beautiful 150-acre lake, the park offers unlimited opportunities for fishing and camping, as well as complete facilities for football, tennis, softball, and other organized sports. Mississippi University for Women (The “W”) and Mississippi State University (MSU) are just a short drive to the west, making Lake Lowndes State Park the perfect place to stay during a football weekend at MSU or while visiting either campus.

Paul B Johnson State Park | Hattiesburg

Located in the heart of Mississippi’s pine belt region Paul B. Johnson State Park is the gateway to a natural wonderland marked by majestic long-leaf and loblolly pines, delicate dogwoods, and ancient oaks. The deep forests surrounding Paul B. Johnson provide a picturesque setting for a variety of outdoor activities. The University of Southern Mississippi is just a 20-minute drive to the north, making Paul B. Johnson State Park the perfect place to spend a football weekend.

Percy Quin State Park | McComb

Loblolly pines and stately magnolia trees, rolling hills, spectacular seasonal flowers, and a year-round mild climate await visitors to Percy Quin State Park. One of the original state parks cleared and constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, Percy Quin is today a delightful blend of the old and new. With 1700 acres, Percy Quin State Park provides a colorful natural backdrop for a variety of outdoor activities.

Tombigbee State Park | Tupelo

Located just six miles south of Tupelo, Tombigbee State Park offers the finest in outdoor recreation opportunities minutes from one of Mississippi’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment areas. Tupelo home to the Elvis Presley Birthplace and the headquarters of the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Roosevelt State Park | Morton

This state park, conveniently located between Meridian and Jackson, Mississippi, offers an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities in a picturesque setting. The park’s scenic overlook provides a panoramic view of the Bienville National Forest. The gently sloping landscape is particularly striking during the fall, when the forest is bright with autumn colors.