Exploring Chickasaw County: Welcoming a New Member to the Natchez Trace Compact

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Exploring Chickasaw County: Welcoming a New Member to the Natchez Trace Compact

Nestled within the heart of Mississippi lies Chickasaw County, a region steeped in rich history and brimming with Southern charm. Recently welcomed as a new member of the Natchez Trace Compact, Chickasaw County opens its doors to visitors seeking a taste of authentic Southern hospitality and a journey through its diverse cultural landscape.

Encompassing approximately 507 square miles, Chickasaw County is traversed by the renowned Natchez Trace Parkway, offering travelers a scenic route through its picturesque terrain. But beyond the parkway, Chickasaw County beckons with attractions and experiences that capture the essence of Southern living.

Discovering Natural Beauty:

One of the county’s standout features is the Tanglefoot Trail, one of the longest Rails to Trails cycling byway in Mississippi. Stretching across 43.6 miles from Houston to New Albany, this trail offers cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts a chance to immerse themselves in nature’s embrace while traversing vibrant townships along the way. Starting your journey at 588 W. Church St in Houston, you’ll embark on a scenic adventure through lush landscapes and charming communities.

For those intrigued by indigenous history, a visit to Bynum Indian Mounds is a must. Located on the Natchez Trace Parkway, these mounds provide a glimpse into the lives of the Bynum Indians who once called this land home, showcasing their rich cultural heritage and connection to the natural world.

Embracing Cultural Heritage:

Delve into Chickasaw County’s storied past with a visit to the Carnegie Libraries in Houston and Okolona, the first and second Carnegie Libraries in Mississippi respectively. These architectural gems stand as testaments to a bygone era, offering visitors a chance to explore the literary heritage of the region.

Immerse yourself in local traditions at the bi-annual Mississippi Flywheel Festival in Houston, where antique tractors, live entertainment, and artisanal crafts converge to celebrate the spirit of community. Alternatively, pay homage to Chickasaw County’s indigenous roots at the Chickasaw County Heritage Museum, a treasure trove of artifacts and exhibits showcasing the rich cultural legacy of the Chickasaw Indians.

Where to Stay and Dine:

Whether you’re seeking a cozy retreat or a culinary adventure, Chickasaw County boasts an array of accommodation and dining options. From historic bed and breakfasts like Bridges-Hall Manor to boutique hotels like Daisy’s on the Square, there’s no shortage of charming lodgings to call home during your stay.

And when it comes to dining, Chickasaw County delivers a feast for the senses. Indulge in classic Southern fare at the Dixie Diner in Houston or savor Mexican delights at No Way Jose. From family-owned eateries to quaint restaurants, the culinary scene in Chickasaw County reflects the region’s diverse cultural tapestry.

With its blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and warm hospitality, Chickasaw County invites visitors to embark on a journey of discovery along the storied paths of the Natchez Trace Parkway. As the newest member of the Natchez Trace Compact, Chickasaw County stands ready to welcome travelers with open arms and unforgettable experiences. Come explore the charms of Chickasaw County and create memories that will last a lifetime.