Dr. Sam Polles, Ph. D.
(2019, July-August issue of Mississippi Outdoors)
Tishomingo State Park is often touted as one of the South’s most naturally scenic state parks. Since its opening in 1939, the uniqueness of the park has been its spectacular rock formations and wildlife, its excellent recreational facilities for park guests, and the historical significance of the area. Bear Creek, which meanders through the park on its way northward to the Tennessee River, has cut magnificent bluffs from the bedrock and formed a rugged terrain unlike any to be found elsewhere in the state park system.
In May, this storied park celebrated its 80th anniversary. It remains a witness to the commitment Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has for providing you and your family the most enjoyable and affordable summertime outdoors experiences, better than anywhere in the country. If you are looking for something to do in the outdoors, then look no further than Mississippi State Parks. Our state is blessed with a variety and abundance of natural resources, and you can experience many of them in our state parks.
From the glistening sands and surf at Buccaneer State Park on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to the sparkling waters of Pickwick Lake at J.P. Coleman State Park nestled in the North Mississippi foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, I am sure there is something for you.
Our parks are located in some of the most beautiful woods and pristine waters to be found anywhere. Summertime fun abounds at our lakes and rivers with water-sport opportunities, including water skiing, motor boating, and sailing. We have fishing opportunities that are second to none. Whether you want to catch monster redfish, snapper, speckled trout, or world-record crappie, smallmouth bass, or catfish, there is plenty of fishing opportunities around our state parks.
If you want to enjoy nature, you can stay on-site and camp in a tent, bring your RV, or experience it from the comforts of home in an air-conditioned hotel room, cabin, or cottage. Come along, enjoy a scenic nature hike, and view breathtaking waterfalls at Clark Creek Nature Area. If bird-watching is your thrill, then you will find plenty to see along the Natchez Trace Bird Watching Corridor.
You can also enjoy the Fourth of July festivities and fireworks at Paul B. Johnson and Roosevelt state parks as we celebrate Independence Day. I hope you will join us this summer, and experience the Mississippi outdoors at your favorite state park.
Sam Polles, Ph. D.
MDWFP Executive Director