Starkville, home of Mississippi State University (MSU), ranks high among the top college towns in Mississippi. It’s easy to see why this charming city is widely-adored for its sports, outdoor activities and downtown area.

Found on the campus of MSU in the Mitchell Memorial Library, is the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library holding artifacts and personal items of Grant’s life, role in the Civil War and time as president. Another gem in the campus library is the John Grisham Room, showcasing awards and pieces from this best-selling author and Mississippi native.

Mississippi State University rings true to tradition and love of Mississippi… literally! The sound of cowbells fills the Davis Wade Stadium at every football game in support of the Bulldogs. Baseball, basketball and softball games at MSU are also filled with excitement. The Starkville Sportsplex consists of indoor and outdoor spaces used for a wide range of sports including soccer, racquetball and aerobics. Named one of the premier public golf courses in the U.S. by Golfweek and Golf Digest Magazine, the MSU Golfcourse is complete with rolling hills across the 18-hole course. Starkville also includes a variety of cycling trails for those seeking to bike around town.

Wildlife finds a sanctuary in Starkville at the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. This outdoor paradise is home to a wide range of wildlife such as alligators, raccoons and beavers. Don’t miss the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker that can be found here. Trim Cane Wildlife Management Area is the perfect setting for deer hunting and waterfowl hunting. Camp, hike and picnic at nearby John Starr Memorial Forest.

Downtown Starkville offers with delicious food, unique art and museums. The go-to hub of the Starkville experience is the Cotton District, hosting a multitude of shops, galleries and restaurants. Treat yourself to a specialty cookie shaped like a dog bone at State Fountain Bakery. The Camphouse offers a fine dining experience while Bin 612 serves savory pizza and Little Dooey’s BBQ appetizing dishes.

History abides in Starkville at the Cullis and Gladys Clock Museum, showcasing clocks from the 18th century. The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum, housed in a restored 1874 railroad depot, tells the history of the area. Enrich your artistic eye by discovering the four downtown murals as well as visiting MSU’s art galleries at Giles Hall, T.K. Martin Center, Colvard Student Union and the Cullis Wade Depot.

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