Scenic Drives & Byways

From prehistoric animal migrations used by American Indians, to avenues for commerce and travel by early settlers, trails helped shape Mississippi. Today, many of Mississippi’s historic trails have been designated as scenic byways.

One of the most historic and scenic trails in the U.S. is the Natchez Trace Parkway. Today the National Park Service manages the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway, which commemorates the ancient trail from Nashville to Natchez. You can experience this National Scenic Byway and All-American Road by car, bike, foot or even horseback. A diverse terrain of rolling hills, farmland, thick forests and cypress swamps keeps you guessing what’s around the next curve of the road.

Other astounding trails include the Grand Gulf-Raymond Scenic Byway and the Great River Road National Scenic Byway. There are also motorcycle trails and scenic state highways that offer diverse terrain and breathtaking views for travelers to enjoy.

  • Great Mississippi River Balloon Race

    October 19 @ 8:00 am - October 21 @ 5:00 pm

    The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race is the most colorful annual event in Natchez, with gorgeous hot air balloons filling the skies over the river as local and national talent fill the air with live music.

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  • 7th Annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival

    October 20 @ 8:00 am - October 20 @ 5:00 pm

    Proclaimed as the “Hot Tamale Capital of the World” this unique festival features multiple tamale vendors, music, eating contest, famous chefs and much more.

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  • Sanderson Farms Championship

    October 22 @ 8:00 am - October 28 @ 5:00 pm

    A great annual stop on the PGA Tour. Enjoy the hospitality, the serenity of the Country Club of Jackson, the pristine course, great food and great people.

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