Below are our three top suggestions for parks filled with outdoor thrills for the whole family. Not to mention, they’re budget friendly! Free and fresh air? What could be better.
1. Lefleur’s Bluff | Jackson
LeFleur’s Bluff provides a lush green spot in the heart of urban Jackson. In addition to camping, fishing, picnic spots, and nature trails, the 305-acre park features a nine-hole golf course and a driving range. Enjoy fishing on 30-acre Mayes Lake, wildlife viewing, a 1-mile hiking trail, 2 playground areas, 9-hole golf course, 18-hole disc golf. See rates here, including $3 per vehicle, $13 for primitive camping, and $18 for regular camping. Reservations are highly recommended.
2. Buccaneer State Park | Waveland
Buccaneer State Park was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina but beautifully restored and reopened in 2013. The star of the 400-acre green space bordering the Gulf of Mexico is the half-million gallon wave pool. Admission is $3 per car; tickets are $13 for children under 48 inches and $19 for those over 48 inches — around half the price of other water parks. Disc golf, playground, camping, and nature trail also available.
3. Tishomingo State Park | Tishomingo County
Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Tishomingo State Park is steeped in history and scenic beauty. Available are picnic areas with tables and grills, disc golf courses, compass course, hiking trails, playgrounds, multi-use field, volleyball court, and a swimming pool. Canoe trips and fishing are available on Bear Creek. Haynes Lake, a 45 acre fresh water lake, is available for fishing. The park also has the best rock faces in the state, with options for beginners and experts by permit. There are more than 100 documented climbing routes, ranging from 20-foot pitches to the 60-foot Jean’s Overhang.