Recently named a Bike Friendly Community by the League of American Cyclists, Ridgeland’s multi-use path is a perfect setting for bikers and walkers alike. The almost 7 mile scenic trail travels among wildlife and abundant foliage near Harbor Drive to Rice Road to Highland Colony Parkway near the Natchez Trace Parkway. Several side trails bring users of the path to schools, shops and businesses. Due to Ridgeland’s progressive spirit, the trail is being expanded, and it has brought national recognition to the town as Ridgeland is one of only 144 cities across the Unites States to hold this honor.
Ridgeland is where water meets wonderful at the Ross Barnett Reservoir. 105 Miles of shoreline and 33,000 acres of surface area provide a haven for boaters, skiers, anglers, picnickers, birdwatchers and campers. www.therez.ms
The Mississippi Craft Center is a 20,000 square foot facility that represents over 400 artisans from 19 states and displays exceptional work that has elevated craft to fine art. Open year-round, the center is a perfect destination for the art enthusiast, group tours and meetings or conferences. It’s location, just off the Natchez Trace Parkway in Ridgeland, Mississippi, adds to its charm as guests can explore the state’s most desirable shopping destination complete with nationally known retailers, antiques and art galleries. The Center offers educational demonstrations by Master Craftsmen most weekends and exciting annual events. www.mscrafts.org