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7 of the Most Beautiful Places to See in Mississippi

Jamie Delos Reyes

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The Magnolia State is home to some of the most hospitable people in the United States. It’s where the old world meets the new, and every corner drips with beauty. With its gorgeous landscapes and rich history, there really are a lot of places to see and things to do on this side of the country. Scroll down to see the most beautiful places to see in Mississippi:

1. Windsor Ruins

Windsor Ruins, Mississippi
Photo Credits: John Cripps

With columns reaching up to 40 ft, this once magnificent structure has a lot to say about Mississippi’s history. Its record of slavery, disaster, and war fades away by the beauty of this place. A four-story Greek Revival building built in the 1860’s by a rich plantation owner named Smith Coffee Daniel II, Windsor Ruins had also witnessed events known to the people of the state. It was one of the largest private residences back in the day just before the Civil War. Sometime in 1890, a fire broke out which destroyed the mansion, but leaving its twenty-nine columns intact. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and you can visit the ruins anytime during the day for free.

2. Doyle Arm, Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge

Doyle Arm, Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi
Photo Credits: Flickr | Roger Smith

This massive land serves as a refuge for the Mississippi’s native wildlife. A number of migratory bird species take a rest and feed in this area which makes it an ideal bird-watching spot for enthusiasts. Aside from the birds, you may also see other animals in their natural habitat. Some of which are the alligators, wood storks, bald eagles, and deers to name a few. Established in the 1940’s, this wildlife refuge aims to be a breeding ground for species in the area. It has since then managed to help conserve and restore the habitats of the wildlife living there. It also an outdoor classroom for the Mississippi State University and other institutions in the vicinity. As per the locals, Fall is the best time to visit as you can see the change in the leaves and the water glistening for the orange hue.

3. Cypress Swamp

Cypress Swamp, Mississippi
Photo Credits: Smithsonian Magazine

This natural wonder is located in the Natchez Trace Parkway National Park and is home to hundreds of tupelo and bald cypress trees. These species love watery bogs and a swamp is an ideal place for them to thrive. Other than looking for alligators and frogs in the swamp, you can enjoy walking or biking in the boardwalk, you can even bring your dogs as long as they are on a leash. During the fall season, the water vegetation and tree canopy are bathed in an orange hue, a warm and delightful sight. Cypress Swamp is open daily from morning till late afternoon so you can enjoy a peaceful morning stroll or a relaxing evening gander into this interesting place.

4. Dunn’s Falls

This stream provides a natural source of power through a water wheel, which then falls into the river below.  Named after its creator- an Irish immigrant named John Cooper Dunn, Dunn’s falls is the largest waterfall and one of the most beautiful places to see in Mississippi. He managed to divert the still water of the river to 65-foot tall falls, generating power enough to supply a cotton and grist mill. Today, this park serves as a campground and play area for the locals and the visitors. Fishing ponds and cabin rentals are also present in the area. You may spend the day fishing or canoeing or better yet, swim in the falls and appreciate the beauty that is Dunn’s falls.

5. Friendship Cemetery

Friendship Cemetery, Mississippi
Photo Credits: Visit Columbus

Established in the late 1840s, this historic resting place has some interesting stories to tell. Before changing its name to the present one, it was formerly known as Odd Fellows Cemetery. This quaint and mysterious place has been for decades the final resting place of numerous soldiers who died from the Civil War. Its massive reach keeps more than thousands of graves. Some unnamed and some washed away by the natural calamities. It has been notably associated with Memorial Day, an event that symbolizes the union of the North and South after the Civil War. This coming together is the inspiration of the poem about reconciliation called “The Blue and the Gray”.

6. Stanton Hall in Natchez

Stanton Hall in Natchez, Mississippi
Photo Credits: Huffington Post

This huge house built in 1857 occupied the entire city block when it was finished. It eventually became one of the beautiful places to see in Mississippi. Dr. Frederick Stanton, an Irish immigrant, who made his wealth by cultivating and selling cotton, originally wanted to name it Belfast but later changed it after his name. The materials used to build this place are also top of the line, imported mirrors from France and only the finest marble from New York. Unfortunately, Dr. Stanton died months after the house was completed, leaving the house to be transformed into a Ladies College and then later back to Staton Hall, which remains until today. Tours around the hall are now offered to locals and visitors, these are managed by the Pilgrimage Garden Club.

7. Biloxi

Biloxi, Mississippi
Photo Credits: Coastal Mississippi

This playground of the south is home to a beautiful coastline and pristine beaches. Strategically located in the Mississippi Gulf, one can enjoy the beauty of the horizon while having a good time in one of the city’s Mardi Gras. Biloxi is home to several casinos, night clubs, and amusement parks- something that the whole family can enjoy.

Once regarded as the “ Seafood Capital of the World”, Biloxi offers a wide variety of fresh seafood that everyone will surely love. Paired will a cold one, with the view of the sunset, what more can you ask for? Entertainment, relaxation, and world-class cuisine all in one place.

Aside from the fact that the state of Mississipi is home to many famous artists like Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Oprah Winfrey, and William Faulkner, this diverse state shows exceptional beauty with it natural landmarks and impressive monuments. You will never run out of outstanding things to do and places to see in the United States’ largest cotton producer. Visit the most beautiful places to see in Mississippi.

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