Tishomingo State Park Featured on 2023 Mississippi Tour Guide
Tishomingo State Park, located along the Natchez Trace Parkway, is the featured cover image for Mississippi’s 2023 Tour Guide!
Tishomingo County is situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering caverns, canyons, a swinging bridge, a covered bridge, miles of hiking paths and streams that are ideal for canoeing, fishing and swimming. The county also holds the highest point in Mississippi, Woodall Mountain, and has two award-winning state parks.
Chief Tishomingo, the head of the Chickasaw people, is honored in the park’s name. The famed Natchez Trace Parkway, a modern picturesque parkway and the preeminent road in the early 1800s, passes through the park. Visitors to Tishomingo State Park today are awed by the same enduring natural beauty that long ago mesmerized the local Indians. Nowhere else in Mississippi can you find the vast granite formations and fern-filled crevices seen in Tishomingo. Hillside routes traveled initially by Native Americans are bordered by vibrant wildflowers and enormous stones covered in moss.
The park’s unique environment offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including disc golf courses, compass courses, playgrounds, hiking trails, multi-use fields, volleyball courts, lodge facilities and swimming pools. Rock climbing is by permit only. Bear Creek offers fishing and canoe adventures. Fishing is also allowed on the 45-acre freshwater lake known as Haynes Lake.
A trip to Tishomingo County offers a great escape into nature, a change to unwind and unplug. And don’t forget your new Mississippi Tour Guide for some wanderlust reading!
Springing Into Mississippi’s Natchez Trace Parkway
The state features scenic nature sites, history and culture, outdoor recreation and roots laid by the best artists and musicians in American history.
Southern hospitably abounds in Natchez as it is perched high on the bluffs overlooking the magnificent Mississippi River. With a fascinating history spanning more than three centuries, Natchez easily blends the old and the new. It is home to an extraordinary collection of historical structures, residences and churches, as well as immaculately preserved antebellum mansions, four National Park sites, prehistoric Indian mounds and the stunning Natchez Trace Parkway.
Raymond, a small antebellum city, is 40 miles north of Port Gibson. Raymond welcomes visitors with its picturesque charm and Civil War history. A driving tour highlights the historic Hinds County Courthouse and the Dupree House. The Confederate Cemetery and the Civil War Battlefield include a walking trail, allowing visitors to see where history was made in 1863.
Clinton, just southwest of Mississippi’s capitol city, offers a variety of unique experiences for visitors of all ages. The numerous historical landmarks, as well as the robust visitor center, will appeal to history buffs. The museum room highlights the history of the Natchez Trace through Clinton, hosts monthly “Mississippi Old Time Music Society” jam sessions and has changing exhibits throughout the year. Numerous walking paths and activities are available at one of Clinton’s many parks. The charming brick streets of Clinton’s Olde Towne complement a variety of unique shops, restaurants and hotels.
Jacksonians have a triumphant spirit and are passionate individuals. Thanks to their innate sense of genuine welcome, you’ll instantly feel at home. Jackson is the ideal location for your next vacation thanks to its attractions, award-winning chefs, distinctive restaurants, countless entertaining events, three historic cultural districts, plenty of visual and performing arts and hip nightlife.
Ridgeland presents a surprising fusion of nature and style to discerning tourists. Boutique and upscale shopping, outdoor adventures, dining of all types and the Bill Waller Craft Center help Ridgeland maximize Mississippi’s pleasant climate by fusing the inside and outdoors. Visitors are greeted by the natural beauty and exceptional recreational options of the 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir, whose north side skirts along the Natchez Trace Parkway.
French Camp’s Historic District sits directly on the Natchez Trace Parkway and offers a glimpse into the daily activities of early settlers. Set your watch back – to the 1800s – and stay a while as you a bed and breakfast, historic buildings and special attractions, such as the pottery studio, gift shop, restaurant and museum.
In Tupelo, at the Natchez Trace Parkway headquarters, visitors may immerse themselves in the road’s vibrant and thrilling history through recently redesigned and improved exhibits that mix learning with fun. The chance to participate in tasks like crafting corn shuck dolls, weaving baskets, beading and working with leather is provided by living history demonstrations for both adults and children. The city of Tupelo offers a wide range of lodging options, the birthplace or Elvis Presley and award-winning culinary experiences.
Tishomingo County is home to Woodall Mountain, Mississippi’s highest point, two award-winning state parks and a national park. It is located in the Appalachian Mountains’ foothills. Caverns, canyons, a swinging bridge, a covered bridge, miles of hiking trails and streams perfect for canoeing, fishing and swimming make this an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.
Mississippi abounds in historic and cultural experiences, mouth-watering food, southern hospitality and a climate made for year-round outdoor enjoyment, so get to planning your Spring trip now!
As part of a larger Confederate offensive move into Kentucky, Confederate General Braxton Bragg ordered Major General Sterling Price, former governor of Missouri and victor of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, to march into Iuka to prevent Union Major General William S. Rosecrans from moving into Tennessee to reinforce a Union garrison at Nashville, thus potentially threatening Bragg’s forces.
Union Major General Ulysses S. Grant, commanding the Army of the Tennessee, feared that Price was moving to reinforce Bragg’s forces in Kentucky. Grant devised a plan to catch Price’s forces in a pincher movement in Iuka. Grant ordered Major General E. O. C. Ord to advance on Iuka from the west. Rosecran’s forces were to advance on Iuka from the southwest and make a coordinated attack on Price. Ord arrived on time but Rosecrans was delayed. Grant ordered Ord to await the sound of fighting between Rosecrans and Price before engaging the Confederates. Rosecrans arrived about mid-afternoon atop a ridge near Iuka and immediately engaged the Confederates.
Price posted two divisions north of Iuka to oppose Ord and was surprised by Rosecrans’ sudden appearance in his rear. The Confederates launched an attack and captured a six-gun Union battery while Rosecrans attacked from atop the ridge. Price reported that he had “never seen such fighting.” The battle raged even after darkness fell.
The Battle of Iuka was one of the bloodiest battles up to that time, with Union casualities of 782 out of a force of 4,500 and Confederate casualities of 1,516 out of a force of 3,200. Confederate Brigadier General Henry Little was also killed in action at the Battle of Iuka. Remarkably, neither Ord nor Grant heard the sounds of the battle due to what is known as “acoustic shadow.” Price’s army was able to escape during the night to join Major General Earl Van Dorn at Ripley. Union forces occupied Iuka and mounted an unsuccessful pursuit of Price.
Union forces carried the day but failed to capture or destroy Price’s forces. Price and Van Dorn in October 1862 launched an assault on Corinth which also resulted in a Union victory.
Apron Shop at Pineslab Shop is the “HOME OF THE ONE & ONLY APRON MUSEUM.” Hundreds of vintage aprons to view and purchase. Gift shop includes new and vintage quilts, linens, fabrics, local crafts including bird houses of all kinds, and much more. Located at 110 West Eastport Street in Iuka. Open Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM and most Saturdays 10 AM to 2 PM. Open other days by chance and always by appointment.
Phone: 662-279-2390; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apron photos by Cheryl T. Meints, email@example.com, phone 662-415-6047.
Jacinto Couthouse is located in the ghost town of Jacinto on Highway 356 in Alcorn County. This 1854 courthouse was once the county seat of government of old Tishomingo County when the county included Alcorn, Prentiss, and Tishomingo Counties. Jacinto Courthouse is one of the South’s most impressive examples of federal-style architecture. The hipped roof is topped with an octagonal cupola. The foundation is constructed of hand-cut stone. Each brick used in the building is hand-made and each board hand-hewn. Each year Jacinto Courthose becomes the site of an old fashioned 4th of July Festival. No admission charge. Grounds are open year around.
Call 662-286-8662 for open times for courthouse tours. Jacinto Foundation, P. O. Box 1174, Corinth, Mississippi 38835. Phone 662-286-8662.
Church of Our Savior is an 1873 board and batten Carpenter Gothic Episcopal Church purchased and restored by local citizens in 1985. It is available for weddings and other events at a nominal charge. Up until 1958, downtown Iuka was known as the “Marriage Capital of the South” because no waiting period or blood tests were required. Over 45,000 marriages were performed at the Old Courthouse.
Call 800-386-4373 for reservations and more information.
Woodall Mountain is the highest elevation in Mississippi at 806 feet. Follow signs from Highway 25 south of Iuka to County Road 187 to County Road 176 to County Road 185, the scenic gravel drive to the top of Woodall Mountain. Woodall Mountain is know as America’s bloodiest high point because of the 1862 Battle of Iuka, one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War up to that time. Up to 300,000 troops passed through the area during the Civil War. Iuka was a popular mustering out location due to the plentiful springs and healthful climate.
Mineral Springs Park is a world famous mineral springs named after Chickasaw Chief Iuka. Its water won the 1902 World’s Fair prize for best mineral water. Playground, pavilion, historic dogtrot log cabin, picnic area, walking track, skateboard facility, tennis courts, veteran’s memorial, and meeting facility are all available. It is located on East Quitman Street at Indian Springs Drive, Iuka, Mississippi.
With the northern terminus in Tishomingo County, the 459 mile waterway connects the Tennessee River to the Gulf of Mexico. The Tenn-Tom Waterway is the largest construction project in Corps of Engineers history, requiring more earth-moving than the Panama Canal. Some of the recreational facilities along the Tenn-Tom Waterway and 6,600 acre Bay Springs Lake include:
Scruggs Bridge Park at Highway 25 North of Iuka
Robinson Creek Fishing Area
Doskie Fishing Area
Little Yellow Creek Fishing Area
Burnsville Park just off Highway 72 in Burnsville
Holcut Memorial Park at the west end of Highway 364
Paden Overlook & Park at Paden
McDougal Branch Access Area
Crow’s Neck Access Area
Cotton Springs Access Area
Natchez Trace Recreation Area
Piney Grove Campground – located north of Highway 4 on the west side of Bay Springs Lake. Phone: 662-728-1134. You’ll find 141 camper spaces with power, water, and bath facilities, beach, swimming area, playgrounds, game courts, boat ramp, concessions, laundry, and group camping area.
West Damsite Recreation Area, Old Bridge Beach, and Bay Springs Marina – north of Highway 4 west of the Jamie L. Whitten Lock & Dam; and Bay Springs Lake Museum and Visitor Center located off Highway 4 east of the Jamie L. Whitten Lock & Dam. 82 Bay Springs Resource Road, Dennis, Mississippi 38838. Phone: 662-423-1287
The Visitor Center offers museum exhibits, films, auditorium, brochures, maps, picnic tables, and overlook of the lake. A historic dogtrot log cabin, picnic areas, Bay Springs Lake overlooks, interpretive signs, and nature trails are located on the grounds of the museum and visitor center. Check the visitor center for open times and directions to Tenn-Tom Waterway recreational facilities. Call 662-423-1287 for more information.
Pharr Mounds is located at milepost 286.7 along the Natchez Trace Parkway. It is a 90 acre complex of eight burial mounds built 1,800 to 2,000 years ago. It was a trading hub and very active during its time.
Pharr Mounds is considered the most important archaeological site in North Mississippi. Come visit and learn about the interesting mound building process and village life in this area.
Cave Spring is located on the Natchez Trace Parkway at milepost 308.4. You won’t want to miss this limestone cave and spring with 800 foot paved nature trail in part of the collapsed part of the cave. Bear Creek Indian Mound is located nearby.
Shiloh Falls Golf Club was designed by Jerry Pate. This golfing masterpiece includes an 18 hole championship golf course, driving range, 55 foot waterfall, short game practice area, full service clubhouse and pro shop. Other facilities are available to members only. Homes and lots for sale.