Natchez is a paradise for adventurers and anyone who loves the outdoors. The Natchez State Park is camping heaven with clean campsites and all the amenities to make your stay feel like home.
There are plenty of outdoor activities in Natchez to keep you busy. With the Mississippi River and several nearby lakes, you can enjoy swimming, fishing, kayaking and boating. If you’d rather not get wet, you can go hunting, hiking, birding or biking through several of our nature trails and parks including the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Plan on covering it all? Pick up one of our Geocache maps and add a treasure hunt to your trip. Whether you just want to get away and relax or are seeking an adrenaline filled adventure, Natchez has you covered!
Take a look at our example itinerary below to get some ideas on how to plan your ultimate nature adventure.
1. Fuel up for your adventure with a hearty southern-style breakfast at your hotel and get ready for some fun!
2. We recommend beginning your Natchez Nature adventure at the Natchez Visitor Center. Here, the lovely staff can provide recommendations and answer any questions you have about the surrounding area. Pick up a souvenir t-shirt or coffee mug in the logo shop while you’re there.
3. Take the short drive out to the Natchez City Cemetery. It may sound a bit grave to consider a cemetery an attraction, but when it comes to the Natchez City Cemetery, and once you learn the history of some of the characters buried there, you’ll quickly understand why. Once you enter the gates, you can either begin a self-guided tour following a brochure and map, or you may be interested in hiring a guide so you’ll get all the details of the deceased at this historic cemetery. Tombstone inscriptions embellished by romantic and mysterious tales draw portraits of the dearly departed interned here. Bring a good pair of walking shoes and make the Natchez City Cemetery a good three hour stop on your itinerary. As historic cemeteries go, it’s unforgettable.
4. Grab a late lunch at one of our local downtown restaurants.
5. After lunch, enjoy a leisurely stroll along The Natchez Trails. The trails are a combination of city streets and walkways dotted with interpretive panels depicting the history of the area in which you are walking. The trails run throughout the downtown area and along the bluff overlooking the river. Pedestrians and cyclists can share parts of the trails, and you can wind your way down to the edge of the mighty Mississippi River. You can add an extra day to your stay just to spend it walking along the Natchez Trails.
1. A morning treasure hunt sounds like a great way to start the day to us! With over 80 geocaches located in the area, you’ll be sure to stumble upon some interesting places.
2. Pick up lunch from a local restaurant and take it with you to The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians. Here you can have a picnic next to the reconstructed Natchez Indian house. The 128-acre Grand Village site features the house, a museum and three ceremonial mounds. On the nature trail, native trees, flowers, and shrubs are identified. The Visitor Center offers interpretive exhibits and a gift shop featuring Native American crafts. A “Touch Table” invites children to handle tools and other objects the Indians employed.
3. For dinner, head back downtown to Fat Mama’s Tamales, where you can enjoy delicious food on a shaded outside porch. Their signature entree is their great tamales, but feel free to toss in a link of boudin (pronounce boo-dan) or some fire and ice pickles to spice up your Fat Mama’s dining experience just a tad more.
1. Why not change it up for breakfast, at Steam Punk Coffee Roasters. With such a quirky, cool atmosphere you’ll want to hang out all day and night! Steampunk is located one block from the bluff in a newly restored brick cabin dating back to 1868. They are a specialty coffee roaster and they carry an extensive list of coffee equipment and other related items.
2. After you’ve had your coffee, venture out Highway 61 North to Historic Jefferson College. There are many incredible stories surrounding this 200 plus year old school, but you’ll have to slip out there to get the details. You should probably bring lunch if its a pretty day and enjoy another afternoon picnic on the beautiful grounds.
3. There are some great restaurants on the outskirts of downtown so you can stop and dine at one of them on your return, or just pick another downtown restaurant to experience something a little different from the previous night. It’s a win-win either way!