No one will mistake the Delta for the mountains, but you may be surprised to see signs marking bear crossings across our vast flatlands just the same. And you wouldn’t think crystal-clear, spring-fed waterfalls are common just a stone’s throw from the muddy Mississippi River, but Clark Creek Natural Area has dozens of them.
Tishomingo State Park, a captivating sliver of Appalachia in our forested northwestern corner, tops the short list of surprises you’ll find exploring Mississippi.
Entering Tishomingo from the Natchez Trace Parkway is like arriving back in a time when Native Americans and early European settlers used the famed path for travel and trade. Limestone and sandstone boulders of various sizes and shapes, many draped in colorful lichens and mosses, peek through the ground cover. Rocks form a hillside rim over Bear Creek, where archaeological finds have uncovered indigenous settlements dating to 9,000 years ago.