Outdoor Activities in Mississippi

In Mississippi, you’ll find no shortage of outdoor recreational opportunities. You can enjoy breathtaking views along the Gulf Islands National Seashore, follow wetland trails lined with ancient cypress trees, climb towering rock formations, or experience canoeing and kayaking adventures on the Mississippi River. Mississippi’s state parks provide activities for travelers of all ages, so enjoy camping by renting a peaceful cabin by the river, or parking your RV at one of the state’s many RV parks.

Visitors can pedal through the woods on the state’s many biking trails, tackle some of the best year-round freshwater and saltwater fishing spots, or enjoy equestrian activities such as riding trails, horse shows, exhibitions, and charity equestrian events. There are also a variety of ranges and gun clubs, as well as private and commercial hunting grounds with white-tail deer, wild turkeys, waterfowl, hogs, doves, quail, and more. If nature photography is more your style, you can retreat to one of Mississippi’s birding and wildlife viewing locations or wildlife refuges.

Let Visit Mississippi help you find the best outdoor spots. For more information, request a tour guide, use our trip planner, check out some of the places to stop, or contact us today to start planning your trip.

The Forest Retreat

Gloster, MS   FEATURED

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The Forest Retreat is a secluded adult getaway located on the edge of the Homochitto National Forest approximately 10 miles northeast of Gloster, MS. The Forest Retreat was designed in the Adirondack style by noted Louisiana antiquarian, Don Didier. The […]

Kayaking on Crystal Lake

Capital City Kayaks

Gloster, MS   FEATURED

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Capital City Kayak Adventures offers a fun, affordable, and safe alternative outdoor opportunity for those looking for a new experience or an adventure in the Jackson-Metro Area. Capital City Kayaks provides services along the Pearl River System all year long. Send a […]

Longleaf Trace Equestrian Trail

Hattiesburg, MS   FEATURED

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The 24-mile, 15-25-foot-wide native soil equestrian trail located along the Longleaf Trace is recognized as one of South Mississippi’s finest. The little-known jewel is regularly maintained and parallel to the Trace, occasionally crossing from one side to the other due […]

Longleaf Trace

Hattiesburg, MS   FEATURED

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The Longleaf Trace is South Mississippi’s premier running, biking, hiking, and equestrian trail. The 44-mile linear park extends from Hattiesburg (elevation 220′) through Sumrall (290′), Bassfield (460′), and Carson to Prentiss (336′). A Rails-To-Trails conversion, the trail is 10 feet wide and […]

Tanglefoot Trail

Pontotoc, MS   FEATURED

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The Tanglefoot Trail® is Mississippi’s longest Rails to Trails conversion, meandering 43.6 miles through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area. It is here you will experience a bit of our history as you pass […]

Horn Island

Horn Island, MS   FEATURED

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Horn Island is an island in the Gulf Islands National Seashore that is accessible only via private boat. The island, which is among the few undeveloped barrier islands on the Gulf Coast, was designated by Congress as a wilderness area in […]

Little “q” Ranch

Thaxton, MS   FEATURED

At Little “q” Ranch you can experience that same exhilarating feeling while continuing the time honored tradition of upland wing shooting. Located outside of Oxford, Mississippi just minutes away from The University of Mississippi and the Oxford Town Square, Little […]

Grenada Lake Charters

Grenada, MS   FEATURED

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At Grenada Lake Charters, we offer the finest trophy crappie fishing in the world. Grenada Lake is known for their “three pound crappie”. Service is our specialty. We make sure your vacation to Grenada, Mississippi, is one that will last […]

Barton Outfitters

Oxford, MS   FEATURED

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Crappie fishing trips take place on the four North Mississippi Flood Control Reservoirs: Sardis Lake, Grenada Lake, Enid Lake, and Arkabutla Lake. All trips begin either at daylight or six hours prior to sunset and run 5-6 hours. Depending on […]

Swinging Bridge at Tishomingo State Park

Tishomingo State Park

Tishomingo, MS   FEATURED

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Tishomingo State Park is a public recreation area located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Tishomingo County. The park is located at Milepost 304 of Natchez Trace Parkway and features rock outcroppings, waterfalls, and a swinging pedestrian bridge […]

Biloxi Shrimping Trip

Biloxi, MS   FEATURED

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The pride & heritage of Biloxi comes alive aboard this unique & interesting cruise. The Biloxi Shrimping Trip exposes guests to the spectacular world of sea life caught on a real shrimping expedition. Upon leaving the harbor, the shrimping net is set […]

Live Oaks Bike Path

Live Oaks Bike Trail

Ocean Springs, MS   FEATURED

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The 15.5 mile round-trip Live Oaks Bicycle Route connects the Davis Bayou Area of the Seashore to the town of Ocean Springs at the Old Louisville and Nashville Train Depot. Follow the green and white bike-route signs on the right side of […]