Located in Central Mississippi, about 90 minutes east of the Louisiana border, the Delta National Forest is the only national bottomland hardwood forest in the United States. The forest covers 60,898 acres of hardwood trees, swampy bayous, and lakes. It is surrounded by small towns, which makes it fairly secluded and far from city noise and traffic. Delta National Forest is perfect for a tranquil outdoorsy adventure on your own or with the family. The state of Mississippi is known for having an abundance of wildlife, so be prepared to spot alligators, beavers, deer, muskrats, and maybe even a black bear. Enjoy birdwatching, fishing, hunting, hiking, or riding an ATV along one of the 19 multi-use trails in the forest.
Located in the Leroy Percy State Park, the Alligator Lake Trail takes you on a hike around the natural wildlife in the Delta National Forest. Look for deer and wild turkeys as well as cypress trees and ancient oaks.
Length: 1.5 miles
Enjoy a short, secluded hike on the Blue Lake Nature Trail. This is a one-mile interpretive nature trail that is a part of the Blue Lake Recreation Area. The trail is open year-round, but the area is prone to flooding when it rains.
Length: 1 mile
There are 20 trails in the Delta National Forest. Nineteen of them are multi-use trails that allow mountain bikes and vehicles up to 60 inches wide. There is no user fee if you are just going hiking.
Length: Three-quarters of a mile to 4.5 miles
Intensity: Easy to Moderate
Surround yourself with wildflowers at the 16-acre Greenville Cypress Preserve. Walk through the meadow and along the boardwalk to the observation deck to enjoy the gorgeous cypress trees and waterfowl. There is a second trail that goes around the Preserve. Both trails are enhanced with interpretive signs.
Length: One-quarter to half a mile
Located north of Jackson, MS, the Yockanookany section is the longest of the Natchez Trace. The trail takes you through forest areas, open pastures, and wetlands. Pets are allowed.
Length: 26 miles
Intensity: Moderate to Strenuous
Visit the historical site that sealed the fate of the Confederacy. Aside from historical monuments, the park offers woodlands, wildlife, and more than one hiking trail. The Tour Road allows visitors to decide how big they want their walking loop to be, anywhere from 3 to 16 miles. The rigorous AI Scheller Hiking Trail was created in 1979-1980 to train Boy Scouts and takes you through the woods.
Length: 3 to 16 miles; 12 miles (AI Scheller)
Intensity: Easy to Strenuous
Less than two hours east of the Mississippi River, Delta National Forest offers visitors a serene, natural environment to fully experience the outdoors. Enjoy primitive camping at designated spots throughout the forest. Ride an ATV on one of the many multi-use trails that collectively make up 45 miles. Go fishing for catfish in the rivers. Watch for the Mississippi state bird, the northern mockingbird, or the state mammal, the white-tailed deer. You can also spend an enjoyable day boating on the water.
Address: 68 Frontage Road, Rolling Fork, MS 39159
Fee: Entry fee (daily) $3 Per person
Fee: Entry fee (annual pass) $20 Per person
Delta National Forest is a dream-come-true for campers. There are 57 mostly primitive campsites and two recreation areas that offer plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the woods and become one with nature. The easiest way to fully enjoy the forest is with an RV. Despite its remote location, the forest does sometimes get busy; though Delta National Forest is mostly quiet and secluded, an RV lets you camp and explore in your own private space.