At the intersection of the Appalachian foothills and the Mississippi Delta lies the Mississippi Hills, a region of the state home to musical and literary giants such as Elvis Presley, William Faulkner, John Grisham, Howlin’ Wolf and Tammy Wynette. But while its cultural impact has been undoubtedly felt around the world, this area, comprised entirely of 19 counties plus parts of 11 others, has also left its mark on African American, Native American and Civil War history. For example, along the scenic 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway that winds through the Mississippi Hills are the early 19th-century capital of the Chickasaw Nation and the site of the Battle of Shiloh, and civil rights trailblazer and journalist Ida B. Wells also called this area home. The historical and cultural significance of the Hills region, combined with the natural beauty of areas like the Lee Tartt Nature Preserve that are perfect for canoeing, hiking and exploring the great outdoors, make the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area an asset to the entire state.