Outdoor Recreation

A destination for those who want to get away from it all.

From birding at St. Catherine Creek Wildlife Refuge to kayaking the Mississippi River and backwaters to walking the sacred Indian Mounds at the Grand Village, there is always something to do for the outdoor enthusiast in Natchez.

Bring the guys in for a round of golf, hunting, fishing, birding or just relaxing. We have your adventure waiting.

You can download a print-friendly version of our ecotourism brochure here.

 

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Area Lakes and Rivers

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If you happen to be trailing a boat behind your vehicle as you travel, you may want to add a few extra days to your stay in Natchez because of the many beautiful lakes and waterways in the area. For pleasure boating with a little sight-seeing added in, Old River is a nature lovers paradise. Old River was once part of the Mississippi, and the main waterway still filters through it, giving boaters a sense of being on the mighty muddy without worrying about it's many hazards. Boating on the Mississippi River is certainly allowed, but we caution you to talk to locals about what to expect when you're out there. Lake St. John and Lake Concordia offer great recreational Mississippi boating and have public boat ramps that charge a small launch fee. Other lakes in the area popular for water fun are Black River and Horseshoe lakes. For directions to these area lakes, grab a map at the Natchez Visitor Center on Canal St.

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Beau Pre' Country Club

40 Club Drive
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 442-8181
Beau Pre' Country Club is nestled along picturesque Second Creek in the premier residential area in Natchez. This Mississippi golf course is an 18-hole championship layout designed by Mike Young, and presents a variety of tees, from 5100 yards to 7000 yards, to challenge golfers of all levels. Beau Pre' ("beautiful meadow") has preserved the natural setting and features a dramatic ninety-foot sheer clay bluff, deep ravines, abundant wildlife, rolling terrain and expansive sand areas. 3 miles south of Natchez off Highway 61 South. For golfing tee times call (601) 442-8181. Course Profile Type: SP Holes: 18 Ydg: 6,442 Rtg: 70.9 Slp: 122 Par: 72 You'll also enjoy Beau Pre' Tennis Courts. For court use and Tee times, call (601) 442-8181.

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Clark Creek Nature Area

182 Fort Adams-Pond Road
Woodville, MS 39669
P: (601) 888-3998
Clark Creek Nature Area is located approximately 36 miles south of Natchez near the little towns of Woodville and Fort Adams, Mississippi. There are over 700 acres of steep loess bluffs, woodlands with 30 foot high waterfalls, winding trails, and rugged terrain. It is one of the states most beautiful, unspoiled nature areas. At the trail head there is a c. 1800s country store, and cabins available to rent. Phone 601-888-3998 or 800-467-2757 for additional information.

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Duncan Park

57 Duncan Park Road
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 442-5955
Located in the heart of Natchez, Duncan Park offers bike and running trails along with a lovely 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and several baseball fields. If you are interested in an afternoon bike ride, head over to Duncan Park for a nice ride along one of their pretty nature trails. Duncan Park Golf Course is a Public Facility where tourist are always welcome. "Come out an play a Piece of History"

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Duncan Park Golf Course

57 Duncan Park Road
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 442-5955
Duncan Park Golf Course is the home of the Historical Back Nine at Duncan Park. Established in Cica 1916 on land donated by the Stephen Duncan Family in 1908. The family also donated his now historic home, Auburn, which rests at the North end of the vast acreage. This elegant 18 hole,6350 yard, par 71 golf course journeys through a garden like, hardwood forest featuring beautiful flowering dogwoods, azaleas, Crepe Myrtle's and towering Long Leaf Pine trees and Live Oaks draped with Spanish Moss. The two distinctive 9 holes layouts awaits your challenge. The front nine built in 1993 is a Brain Ault design that features rolling terrain and undulating Dwarf Bermuda greens. The historical back nine, established in circa 1916 is rumored to be designed by famed Scottish designer Seymour Dunn, weaves through our family oriented park. This gentle topography rewards accurate drives and precision short irons. One of our famous visitors, Walter Hagen put on an exhibition here and played a match on the "old Nine" prior to his 1924 US Open victory, Sam Snead played the course when he came thru in 1939. Duncan Park Golf Course features a driving range, fully equipped Pro Shop and rental clubs for those needing them. Duncan Park Golf Course is a Public Facility where tourist are always welcome. "Come out an play a Piece of History" 601 442 5955 Golf Course Profile Type: PU Holes: 18 Yds: 6,355 Rtg: 69.4 Slp: 117 Par: 71

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Everyday Adventure, LLC

334 Main Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 392-3079
Everyday Adventure, LLC, is an outdoor adventure and personal training venture geared toward helping people gain fitness, lose weight, and increase self confidence by exploring the great outdoors and pushing themselves to limits they once only dreamed of. Everyday Adventure is a one-of-a-kind operation based out of the scenic and historic Natchez, Mississippi area. Our company operates two fold as an outdoor adventure outfitter and specialized personal fitness training program. At Everyday Adventure we have over 50 combined years of experience in fitness and outdoor adventure, ranging from mountain bike racing in Costa Rica to guided horseback trips across the Continental Divide in the Colorado Rockies, to kayaking and camping on the Colorado and Mississippi Rivers, to coaching soccer and basketball, and kickboxing instruction. Let us help you put together your dream outdoor adventure trip or a kayaking tour of the Mississippi River right here in Natchez. To rent bicycles or kayak to paddle any of the surrounding area lakes and rivers, call 601-392-3079 or 601-334-6729.

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Giles Island

449 Old River Boat Camp Road
Ferriday, LA 71334
If you love hunting, Giles Island is a hunter's paradise. This island in the Mississippi River boasts over 9,000 acres of Mississippi bottomland hardwood forest. Since 1992, Giles Island has been intensely managed with one major goal in mind-to produce trophy whitetail bucks. Expansive hunting acreage, excellent accommodations, and complex history are enticing to hunters of all types, including both rifle and bow hunters.

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Grand Village of the Natchez Indians

400 Jefferson Davis Boulevard
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 446-6502
A religious structure once stood atop the Temple Mound and housed bones of previous chiefs (called Suns). A sacred perpetual fire was kept in the Temple's inner sanctum, symbolic of the sun, from which the royal family had descended. The 128-acre Grand Village site features a museum, a reconstructed Natchez Indian House, and three ceremonial mounds. Two of the mounds, the Great Sun's Mound and the Temple Mound have been excavated and rebuilt to their original sizes and shapes. A third mound, called the Abandoned Mound, has been only partially excavated. After three major archaeological excavations at the Grand village by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, no more digging investigations are planned for the site. The unexcavated areas of the site will be preserved intact, representing a sort of "time capsule" from the Natchez Indians' past. 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. Hours are Monday - Saturday 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, Sunday 1:30 pm until 5:00 pm.

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Jefferson College, Historic

16 Old North Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 442-2901
Historic Jefferson College c. 1811, site of the first institution of higher learning in Mississippi, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers tours of a restored dormitory room, kitchen buildings, gift shop and museum. The adjacent nature trail winds up and down through a wooded ravine, past St. Catherine Creek, over bridges, past Ellicott Springs and a historic cemetery. Plants and trees are clearly identified along the way.

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Homochitto National Forest

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You will find nature at its finest throughout the Homochitto National Forest. Spend hours hiking along the many creeks and trails that thread this enchanting woodland. The Clear Springs Recreational Area consists of a man-made lake, campground, picnic grounds, swim area, and two hiking trails. The longer of the two trails in the Recreation Area, Clear Springs Trail, is developing a reputation as one of the top three mountain-bike trails in Mississippi. Most campsites are secluded and either overlook the lake or are within an easy walk of the lake. Two CCC constructed pavilions on either side of the lake provide a comfortable place to enjoy the surrounding beauty and watch the wildlife. With a nice assortment of car, tent, recreational vehicle (RV), and motorhome-friendly camping, Clear Springs offers a diverse collection of activities that will keep all entertained, perfect for a family camping vacation. For more information, or if you need to rent a bike, contact the Natchez Bike Shop at 601.442.4186.

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Natchez Trace Parkway

Natchez Trace Parkway
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (662) 680-4027
The Natchez Trace Parkway at Natchez is an area virtually littered with hiking trails, both marked and unmarked. If you are feeling a little adventurous and want to get a sense of what it was like for pioneers to experience difficult terrain and thick wooded areas, put on your hiking boots or a sturdy pair of sneakers and navigate your way along the Old Trace. The Trace is also a designated biking trail. It extends 444 miles from Natchez to Nashville, Tennessee. A federal parkway operated by the National Park Service, the Trace offers not only scenic beauty, but many historic markers to lead cyclists through some of the earliest history of the old Southwest Territory. If you're in Natchez, stop in at the Visitor Center and get a map, or contact info@visitnatchez.org to have one mailed to you. Cycling along The Natchez Trace is a great way to take in the raw beauty that lines both sides of this majestic trail. There are a few tough sloping hills to travel, so be sure you have plenty of gear range on your bike, and remember to take your camera along to capture some of nature's raw beauty along the Trace.

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Natchez Trails

100 N. Broadway Street
Natchez, MS 39120
Cyclists are welcome on the streets of downtown Natchez, and they may also join walkers in exploring the Historical Bluff Trail and parts of the Nature Trail overlooking the Mississippi River. These trails also provide interpretive wayside panels with interesting information and images. Many cyclists arrive in Natchez after journeying along the Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444-mile historic scenic byway from Natchez to Nashville, Tennessee.

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Quapaw Canoe Company

Silver Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 807-5382
Outpost Natchez offers wilderness expeditions on the Lower Mississippi River, its Back Waters, Bayous, Oxbows, and Flood Plain between the levees. Tours can be arranged by the day or the week. Float trips available on any of the 200 miles between Vicksburg MS and St Francisville LA. Trips are available on the tributaries and oxbows as well. Big Black River, Bayou Pierre, Homochitto, Lake Bruin, Lake Concordia and several of the Old Rivers oxbows in LA. By canoe or kayak only. No motor power used. Clients must be willing to paddle and to endure extremes of nature. Storms on the river can be furious at times and may temporarily stall a journey or change itinerary.

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Southern Carriage Tours

640 S. Canal Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 442-2151
Horse-drawn carriages ranging in size from 6 to 10 passengers depart the corner of Canal and State Streets daily, from 10:00 am until dark, on a first-come basis. These tours last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour through the historic district and the narration points out buildings and areas of historic significance. Arrangements can be made for weddings, or specialty after-hour tours. Tickets may be purchased at the Visitor Center or from the carriage drivers.

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St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge

21 Pintail Lane
Sibley, MS 39165
P: (601) 442-6696
St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge, encompassing 24,442 acres, with a potential size of 34,256 acres, is located in Adams County in southwest Mississippi. The headquarters lies ten miles south of Natchez. The western refuge boundary is formed by the Mississippi River. The eastern boundary meanders along the loessal bluffs and the southern boundary is the Homochitto River. Habitat on the refuge offers a myriad of ecological niches for wildlife. Cypress swamps and hardwood forests vegetated with oak, gum, elm, ash, cottonwood and pine comprise thirty percent of the refuge. Ten percent of the acreage is open water, while the remaining property consists of cleared land and batture land. The refuge is open to the public year-round. Available activities include fishing, hunting, bird watching and hiking. A three-mile nature trail is located near the headquarters where visitors can enjoy a peaceful opportunity to view wildlife. Refuge headquarters are open 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. They are closed all Federal holidays. Refuge hours are sunup to sundown.

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Stan's Bike Shop

55 Seargent Prentiss Drive, Suite 9
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 445-9762
Stan Smith is a prolific guitar player with a passion for cycling so he has combined his loves into one great shop. Stan offers bicycle sales, repairs and rentals.

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Trippe's Western Auto

180 Seargent Prentiss Drive
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 445-4186
The Natchez Bike Shop is located inside the Western Auto Store. The store has been run by the Trippe family for years and Chris Trippe is your man for bicycle sales, service and rental. Whether you're looking to tour Natchez on a comfy street bike or hit some of the rugged trails around the area with a mountain rig, The Natchez Bike Shop has you covered.

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