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Best Mississippi State Parks to Visit in the Spring


Best Mississippi State Parks to Visit in the Spring

Roosevelt State Park - Photo Courtesy of Sylvia Knight

The Top Three Choices Offer Opportunities for Fishing, Golfing, and Water Skiing.

Roosevelt State Park

Located near Morton, Mississippi, Roosevelt State Park is considered to be one of the crown jewels of the state park system. It was originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930's. Set in rolling hills, in the springtime the park is filled with the vibrant colors of redbud, dogwood, and yellow jasmine. Hiking trails surround 120-acre Shadow Lake. More than 120 tree-shaded camping pads offer the overnighter or the extended vacationer a quiet respite. In addition to improved and primitive camping, the park offers a 20-unit motel and rental cabins.

The lake is well stocked with bass, bream and catfish and fishing is good either from a boat or from the lakeshore. Day use facilities include tennis courts, a visitor center, and 20 picnic sites, many affording scenic lakeside views. For further information, call 601-732-6316.

John Kyle State Park

Situated in northern Mississippi, John Kyle State Park is just a short drive from I-55 at Batesville. Sardis Reservoir offers 58,500 acres of fresh water for fishing, swimming, and boating enthusiasts. In addition, the park includes Mallard Pointe, an 18-hole golf course, and golf villas for individuals or corporate retreats.

Modern camping facilities include 200 developed campsites and 28 cabins for visitors. Two nature trails adjoin the park property, offering a close look at area plants, birds, and wildlife. The proximity of the park to Memphis and Oxford make it a popular spot for tourist from across the country, or just Ole Miss fans in town for a weekend game. For further information, call the park at 662-487-1345.

Percy Quin State Park

Located just off I-55 near McComb, in southwest Mississippi, Percy Quin State Park features the Quail Hollow Golf Course, which includes an 18-hole championship course and a 9-hole executive course. Many of the park's activities center on Lake Tangipahoa, a 600-acre freshwater lake that is ideal for water sports, including water skiing and jet skiing. A boat launch is available for persons with their own boats. Fishing opportunities exist for bass, bream, and catfish. Accomodations at the park include 25 cabins, 100 sites for RV camping, and 22 tent sites that provide direct access to Lake Tangipahoa. For further information contact the park office at 601-684-3938.

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