St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge

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St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge

St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge, encompassing 24,442 acres, with a potential size of 34,256 acres, is located in Adams County in southwest Mississippi. The headquarters lies ten miles south of Natchez. The western refuge boundary is formed by the Mississippi River. The eastern boundary meanders along the loessal bluffs and the southern boundary is the Homochitto River.

Habitat on the refuge offers a myriad of ecological niches for wildlife. Cypress swamps and hardwood forests vegetated with oak, gum, elm, ash, cottonwood and pine comprise thirty percent of the refuge. Ten percent of the acreage is open water, while the remaining property consists of cleared land and batture land.

The refuge is open to the public year-round. Available activities include fishing, hunting, bird watching and hiking. A three-mile nature trail is located near the headquarters where visitors can enjoy a peaceful opportunity to view wildlife.

Refuge headquarters are open 7:30 am until 4:00 pm Monday – Friday. They are closed all Federal holidays. Refuge hours are sunup to sundown.

  • 1 W. Sibley Farms Road
  • Sibley, MS 39165
  • Phone: (601) 442-6696
  • Visit Website

St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge

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St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge

St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge, encompassing 24,442 acres, with a potential size of 34,256 acres, is located in Adams County in southwest Mississippi. The headquarters lies ten miles south of Natchez. The western refuge boundary is formed by the Mississippi River. The eastern boundary meanders along the loessal bluffs and the southern boundary is the Homochitto River.

Habitat on the refuge offers a myriad of ecological niches for wildlife. Cypress swamps and hardwood forests vegetated with oak, gum, elm, ash, cottonwood and pine comprise thirty percent of the refuge. Ten percent of the acreage is open water, while the remaining property consists of cleared land and batture land.

The refuge is open to the public year-round. Available activities include fishing, hunting, bird watching and hiking. A three-mile nature trail is located near the headquarters where visitors can enjoy a peaceful opportunity to view wildlife.

Refuge headquarters are open 7:30 am until 4:00 pm Monday – Friday. They are closed all Federal holidays. Refuge hours are sunup to sundown.

  • 1 W. Sibley Farms Road
  • Sibley, MS 39165
  • Phone: (601) 442-6696
  • Visit Website

Natchez Trails

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Natchez Trails

The Natchez Trails are a combination of city streets and walkways which are dotted with kiosks depicting the history of the area in which you are walking. The trails run throughout the downtown area and along the bluff overlooking the river. Pedestrians and cyclists can share parts of the trails, and you can wind your way down to the edge of the mighty Mississippi River by way of the beautiful boardwalk which follows the contour of the bluff’s facade. Not only is it a great way to get some exercise, it is a great way to learn a lot about the abundant history of Natchez. The trail is wide enough atop the bluff to be shared by walkers and those just wanting to take a look at the river or watch a magnificent sunset over neighboring Louisiana. You can add an extra day to your stay just to spend it walking along the Natchez Trails.

Natchez Trails

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Natchez Trails

The Natchez Trails are a combination of city streets and walkways which are dotted with kiosks depicting the history of the area in which you are walking. The trails run throughout the downtown area and along the bluff overlooking the river. Pedestrians and cyclists can share parts of the trails, and you can wind your way down to the edge of the mighty Mississippi River by way of the beautiful boardwalk which follows the contour of the bluff’s facade. Not only is it a great way to get some exercise, it is a great way to learn a lot about the abundant history of Natchez. The trail is wide enough atop the bluff to be shared by walkers and those just wanting to take a look at the river or watch a magnificent sunset over neighboring Louisiana. You can add an extra day to your stay just to spend it walking along the Natchez Trails.

Homochitto National Forest

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Homochitto National Forest

You will find nature at its finest throughout the Homochitto National Forest and could spend hours hiking along the many creeks and trails that thread this enchanting woodland. The Clear Springs Recreational Area, consisting of a man-made lake, campground, picnic grounds, swim area, and two hiking trails. The longer of the two trails in the Recreation Area, Clear Springs Trail, is developing a reputation as one of the top three mountain-bike trails in Mississippi. Most campsites are secluded and either overlook the lake or are within an easy walk of the lake. Two CCC constructed pavilions on either side of the lake provide a comfortable place to enjoy the surrounding beauty and watch the wildlife. With a nice assortment of car, tent, recreational vehicle (RV), and motorhome-friendly camping, Clear Spring offers diverse collection of activities that will keep all entertained making it a good place for a family camping vacation.

Homochitto National Forest

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Homochitto National Forest

You will find nature at its finest throughout the Homochitto National Forest and could spend hours hiking along the many creeks and trails that thread this enchanting woodland. The Clear Springs Recreational Area, consisting of a man-made lake, campground, picnic grounds, swim area, and two hiking trails. The longer of the two trails in the Recreation Area, Clear Springs Trail, is developing a reputation as one of the top three mountain-bike trails in Mississippi. Most campsites are secluded and either overlook the lake or are within an easy walk of the lake. Two CCC constructed pavilions on either side of the lake provide a comfortable place to enjoy the surrounding beauty and watch the wildlife. With a nice assortment of car, tent, recreational vehicle (RV), and motorhome-friendly camping, Clear Spring offers diverse collection of activities that will keep all entertained making it a good place for a family camping vacation.

Grand Village of the Natchez Indians

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Grand Village of the Natchez Indians

A religious structure once stood atop the Temple Mound and housed bones of previous chiefs (called Suns). A sacred perpetual fire was kept in the Temple’s inner sanctum, symbolic of the sun, from which the royal family had descended.

The 128-acre Grand Village site features a museum, a reconstructed Natchez Indian House, and three ceremonial mounds. Two of the mounds, the Great Sun’s Mound and the Temple Mound have been excavated and rebuilt to their original sizes and shapes. A third mound, called the Abandoned Mound, has been only partially excavated. After three major archaeological excavations at the Grand village by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, no more digging investigations are planned for the site. The unexcavated areas of the site will be preserved intact, representing a sort of “time capsule” from the Natchez Indians’ past.

On the nature trail, native trees, flowers, and shrubs are identified. The Visitor Center offers interpretive exhibits and a gift shop featuring Native American crafts. A “Touch Table” invites children to handle tools and other objects the Indians employed.

Hours are Monday – Saturday 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, Sunday 1:30 pm until 5:00 pm.

  • 400 Jefferson Davis Boulevard
  • Natchez, MS 39120
  • Phone: (601) 446-6502
  • Visit Website

Grand Village of the Natchez Indians

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Grand Village of the Natchez Indians

A religious structure once stood atop the Temple Mound and housed bones of previous chiefs (called Suns). A sacred perpetual fire was kept in the Temple’s inner sanctum, symbolic of the sun, from which the royal family had descended.

The 128-acre Grand Village site features a museum, a reconstructed Natchez Indian House, and three ceremonial mounds. Two of the mounds, the Great Sun’s Mound and the Temple Mound have been excavated and rebuilt to their original sizes and shapes. A third mound, called the Abandoned Mound, has been only partially excavated. After three major archaeological excavations at the Grand village by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, no more digging investigations are planned for the site. The unexcavated areas of the site will be preserved intact, representing a sort of “time capsule” from the Natchez Indians’ past.

On the nature trail, native trees, flowers, and shrubs are identified. The Visitor Center offers interpretive exhibits and a gift shop featuring Native American crafts. A “Touch Table” invites children to handle tools and other objects the Indians employed.

Hours are Monday – Saturday 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, Sunday 1:30 pm until 5:00 pm.

  • 400 Jefferson Davis Boulevard
  • Natchez, MS 39120
  • Phone: (601) 446-6502
  • Visit Website

VUE

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VUE

Vue is one of Natchez’ finest dining establishments, and gets it’s name from the extraordinary “view” of the mighty Mississippi River as it stretches North from the Grand Soleil Resort’s perch, that guests can enjoy while dining. Chef Andrew Haile and his staff offer quality, unique cuisine, and it’s a culinary experience you won’t soon forget.

The restaurant has a lounge where you can enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail, also called Vue, and reservations for the restaurant are encouraged if you want to assure a prime table with a view (there are quite a few of those so don’t panic).  Vue is open Monday through Saturday at 6 p.m. and the lounge opens at 4p.m.  On Sundays, the restaurant puts on a pretty impressive brunch from 11:00-2:30 each week.  Be sure to put this one on your “to do” list while your visiting Natchez…you’ll be delighted that you did.

  • 130 John R. Junkin Drive
  • Natchez, MS 39120
  • Phone: (601) 442-9976

Uptown Grocery

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Uptown Grocery

If you want to really get some local flavor, then you’ll have to beat the locals to the door when it comes to Uptown Grocery.  Lunch is the big thing at Uptown, and the locals flock there starting when the doors open at 11 in the morning, to get a fresh slice of pizza, or a delicious chicken salad (they make three kinds) sandwich on toasted wheatberry bread, or perhaps a chef or spinach salad for those watching the waistline while they travel.

Uptown Grocery also carries take out items like twice baked potatoes that you can pop into the microwave if your hotel room or B&B has one available. And they offer a wide array of frozen casseroles if you’re in a B&B with a full kitchen and don’t feel like eating out.  You can dine in at Uptown, or the staff will fix you up to take your order on the go.

  • 531 S. Canal Street
  • Natchez, MS 39120
  • Phone: (601) 445-9111

South China Restaurant

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South China Restaurant

South China Restaurant offers daily lunch and dinner buffets in addition to an impressive menu. They have many delicious authentic Chinese dishes to choose from. South China Restaurant, a local staple, is also in a very convenient location on Hwy 84!

  • 495 John R. Junkin Drive
  • Natchez, MS 39120
  • Phone: (601) 442-8548

Soda Pops

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Soda Pops

Soda Pops is located at the Natchez Mall on the outer strip, and their menu includes a great mix of ethnic dishes. Chicken Alfredo and Chicken Pamesean highlight the Italian side, Chicken Cordon Bleu adds a little French flair, and a great selection of Cajun dishes round it all out.  The menu is extensive so you won’t have a problem trying to satisfy any palate.  It’s a family restaurant with a fun atmosphere, remeniscent of family dining in the 60’s.  Be sure to come hungry because you won’t leave that way.

If somehow you are still hungry when you’ve finished your meal, try the Chocolate Lover’s Sundae or a huge banana spilt.  Soda Pops also makes its very own ice cream that will take you back to summer days on a family outing.

  • 352 John R. Junkin Drive
  • Natchez, MS 39120
  • Phone: (601) 304-0000

Slick Rick’s Foods

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Slick Rick’s Foods

Slick Rick’s is more than just a restaurant, and you’ll find yourself walking away with some of the dry goods Rick offers for sale. Rick is a master spice mixer and you’ll be treated to some of his mastery when you order practically any item on the menu. Nearly everything he serves up contains a taste of one of Rick’s signature spices, and you’ll even get some ideas on what to cook at home using on of his spice recipes. There is a little room to dine in, but your meal will still be just as delicious should you prefer to take it back to your hotel or bed and breakfast accommodations.

  • 109 N. Pearl St.
  • Natchez, MS 39120
  • Phone: (601) 445-9900

Planet Thailand

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Planet Thailand

The Karahsin family moved to the U.S. in the late 1990’s and opened Planet Thailand in a small Louisiana town about 40 miles from Natchez, but Natchezians loved it so much they would travel the forty plus miles just to eat sushi.  After a few years of driving the distance, several Natchez regulars convinced the family to bring the restaurant to Natchez, promising to frequent the establishment often.  Well they did, and we do.  Locals can always be found indulging in the succulent spicy dishes the family creates at Planet Thailand, so be sure to add it to your dining itinerary during your stay.

  • 116 N. Commerce Street
  • Natchez, MS 39120
  • Phone: (601) 442-4220
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Pig Out Inn

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Pig Out Inn

If you’re walking around downtown Natchez and smell a wonderful hickory based aroma coming from somewhere, just follow your senses to The Pig Out Inn.  Tender ribs, chicken, and pork all smoked on a grill just outside the back door await your tastebuds, and side dishes like black bean and corn salsa, potato salad, and baked beans with mustard seeds are there to compliment whichever dish you choose.

When the weather is just too delightful to dine indoors, grab your lunch to go and follow the alley to the bluff, grab a picnic table and enjoy your meal while viewing the mighty Mississippi River.

  • 116 S. Canal Street
  • Natchez, MS 39120
  • Phone: (601) 442-805

Pearl Street Pasta

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Pearl Street Pasta

Another downtown local favorite, Pearl Street Pasta, named for it’s location, serves up a wonderful variety of pasta dishes, as well as a beautiful, delicious filet of beef with a rich wine sauce and sauteed mushrooms.  Sure, you’ll get your standard Italian dishes like spaghetti and meatsauce, lasagna, and fettucini alfredo,  but Pearl Street takes their pasta dishes to a little higher level, especially when they add a Cajun kick to them.  Be sure to try the cajun shrimp or crawfish and shrimp pasta dishes.

Pearl Street also has some very talented mixologists on staff, so if you want to amble up to the bar for a smooth martini before dining, ask the bartender to whip up one of their house specials.  Don’t be in a rush to get through your dining experience, not because the service is slow, but just because you’ll want to hang out there a while.

  • 105 S. Pearl Street
  • Natchez, MS 39120
  • Phone: (601) 442-9284

Paisano’s Italian Grotto

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Paisano’s Italian Grotto

A great family owned downtown Italian cafe style restaurant that serves up authentic Italian treats.  Oven fired specialty pizza’s like the Fit for My Paisano with Chicken, Sausage, Mushrooms, Bell Pepper, Pepperoni, and Black Olives, or the Hawaiian Style with, you got it, freshly chopped pineapple baked right into the hand-tossed crust.  Sink your teeth into a succulent pasta dish like Spaghetti and Meat Sauce or Marinara, Beef  or Cheese Ravioli, Lasagna, or Rigatoni stuffed with Mostaciolli, meatballs, or sausage.  Maybe indulge in a house specialty dinner like Eggplant Parmigiana or Veal Scallopini.

Whatever entree you select, you’ll be pleased with the flavor and the portions.  The menu includes sandwiches and a few Antipasto dishes as well.  Reservations are not necessary, and Paisano’s is located within walking distance of most downtown hotels and b&b’s.  Oh, and you’ll surely want to top off your experience with a tempting dish of Tiramisu.

  • 406 Franklin Street
  • Natchez, MS 39120
  • Phone: (601) 442-7771

Mammy’s Cupboard

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Mammy’s Cupboard

Many consider this unique restaurant a national treasure, and you won’t find another like it anywhere in the world. As you can see from the photo of the restaurant, it lies beneath the skirt of a forty foot tall mammy. They only serve lunch, but the food is wonderful and goes perfectly with the atmosphere.  They offer a daily hot plate special, like chicken & dumplings or beef pot pie, but they are famous for their great sandwiches, each of which is served with a side of homemade vegetable soup and a scoop of potato salad.  The best part is their desserts, so save room for a piece of lemon or chocolate pie with meringue piled as high as Mammy’s skirt.

  • 555 Hwy. 61 South
  • Natchez, MS 39120
  • Phone: (601) 445-8957