Explore the Outdoors in Mississippi

In Mississippi, you’ll find no shortage of outdoor recreational opportunities. Enjoy breathtaking views at our Gulf Coast beaches, towering forests, rivers and lakes and more, all of which offer exhilarating experiences to fuel your inner adventurer. Whether you like to rough it by camping in one of Mississippi’s scenic state parks or prefer some of the comforts of home, let us help you find the ideal spot to stay and play in the great outdoors. At Visit Mississippi, we can recommend some of the best locations for both quiet escapes and thrilling excursions.

Take Advantage of Mississippi’s State Parks

Make a campground your home away from home during your stay in Mississippi. Camping and RV trips give everyone in the family time to rest, recharge, and reconnect with Mother Nature and each other. Select the perfect spot to set up camp, rent a peaceful cabin by the river, or park your RV at one of the state’s many RV parks that provide modern amenities to enjoy during your trip. Many of our state parks include:

  • Boating areas
  • Fishing spots
  • Hiking trails
  • Disc golf courses
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Beaches
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic areas

From day trips into the woods to extended stays in the wild, Mississippi’s state parks provide activities for travelers of all ages.

Plan a Memorable Escape

Are you ready for adventure? Pedal through the woods, on challenging terrain or on the state’s many biking trails. A wide assortment of opportunities traverse the state, including in our state parks and national forests. Steering away from dry land, thrill-seekers can grab their life jackets set off on canoeing and kayaking adventures on the state’s many rivers and creeks, including the Mississippi River, Black Creek and the Pascagoula River. With activities for almost any experience level, this option is a favorite of many.

Are you an avid angler? Tackle some of the best freshwater and saltwater fishing spots in the state by boat. Thanks to the mild climate, fishing enthusiasts can escape to the water year-round at our many rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and even on the big water – the Gulf of Mexico.

Dive into Local Experiences

Agritourism is alive and well in Mississippi. From navigating corn mazes to shrimping on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a diverse array of activities is readily available for travelers of all ages. Visitors also enjoy horse shows, exhibitions, charity equestrian events, and other equestrian activities. Take the scenic route on horseback through the Shockaloe Riding Trail or Natchez Trace Scenic Trail. As go-to routes for visitors and residents, these trails offer beautiful views and quiet respites from city life.

During your stay, hunting or sport shooting is also an option. Visitors can find 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.

Discover the Natural Wonders of Mississippi

If the Mississippi outdoors is your ideal vacation spot, we can help you make the most of your trip to the Magnolia State. Refer to our tour guide to get started, and use our online trip planner to mark points of interest. For more information on destinations and outdoor experiences, contact Visit Mississippi today.

Circle M Plantation


At Circle M Plantation, we have gone the extra mile to insure that your hunt with us will be an experience of a lifetime. That’s why we’ve carefully managed our large acreage of fields and woodlands specifically for premier whitetail […]

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Grenada Lake Charters


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 […]

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Black Creek Canoe Rental

Brooklyn, MS  FEATURED

We invite you to visit BLACK CREEK – Mississippi’s premier canoeing stream with Black Creek’s Oldest and Most Experienced Outfitter! Leave your worries and cares at home – enjoy the peaceful sounds and beautiful scenery of Desoto National Forest as […]

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Pearl River Kayaks


Pearl River Kayaks is a locally owned business in Brandon, Mississippi. Our goal is to introduce recreational kayaking to a wider audience & to provide a fun, affordable outdoor activity right here in Central Mississippi. We rent & deliver kayaks […]

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Gulf Islands National Seashore

Ocean Springs, MS  FEATURED

The Mississippi areas are home of a historic fort and the most beautiful barrier islands in the United States. Relax, enjoy the scenery, hike a trail, or explore the fort. Whether you visiting for a day or a week there […]

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Gator’s Tube Rental


Tube, canoe and kayak rentals for the Bogue Chitto River. 2-hour, 5-hour and 7-hour float trips with free shuttle service. Also features a cajun deli. Beer, soft drinks and ice are available. […]

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