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LeFleur’s Bluff State Park

LeFleur’s Bluff State Park

LeFleur’s Bluff State Park provides a lush green spot in the heart of urban Jackson. The 305-acre park boasts camping, fishing, picnic spots, nature trails, and a golf course.

RV campers and day-use visitors will find amenities like ten shaded primitive tent sites close to Mayes Lake. The park also has a driving range and a nine-hole disc golf course. A day-use entry fee is required. Read on to know more.

Camping

Mississippi isn’t known for its 14’ers or ski slopes, but that doesn’t mean that it lacks opportunities for outdoor recreation. In fact, Mississippians love to camp so much that they spend over $8 billion playing outdoors each year.

The park is home to RV and tent camping, pavilions, picnic areas, nature trails, and fishing on Mayes Lake. You’ll also find a public golf course and driving range, a disc golf course, and a playground.

The Pitch & Putt 9 is a great course for both beginner and advanced players, with the woods allowing creative shot shaping. A day-use entry fee is charged to play the course.

Disc Golf

LeFleur’s Bluff State Park’s hiking trails, fishing opportunities, and picnic areas attract a variety of outdoor enthusiasts. This state park is also home to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Children’s Museum.

Those who love a game of disc golf will find the public nine-hole course an enjoyable place to spend some time. The park also has a boat launch on Mayes Lake and the Pearl River for anglers seeking to catch bass, bream, and catfish.

Before you venture out to explore the grounds, stock up on your camping gear at nearby Buffalo Peak Outfitters. This locally owned and operated retailer is a member of the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance and sells products that are environmentally responsible and ethically made. Check it out here.

Fishing

Amid the bustle of urban Jackson, LeFleur’s Bluff State Park provides a lush green spot with camping, fishing, and picnic spots. This 305-acre park offers RV and primitive camping, nature trails, a public nine-hole golf course and driving range, and Mayes Lake.

Nearby Roosevelt State Park offers equestrian opportunities as you trot along seven miles of well-groomed trails. Central Mississippi also offers some impressive parks with hiking and walking opportunities. Head east towards Quitman and discover Clarkco State Park, built around two lakes that yield fishing chances.

Near Grenada, you’ll find another gem – Hugh White State Park. This one is built around two lakes that yield fishing chances, including bass, bream, and crappie. You can even launch your boat into the nearby Ross Barnett Reservoir.

Picnicking

In the heart of urban Jackson, LeFleur’s Bluff State Park provides a green respite from the city. With 30 developed RV campsites and 10 primitive sites, seven picnic pavilions, nature trails, and a nine-hole public golf course, the 305-acre park has something for everyone.

From the park’s blufftop trail, which runs through a forest echoing with bird song, you can peer into a slough that becomes an evocative cypress swamp after heavy rains. Or, stroll the park’s museums and exhibits, including the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Children’s Museum.

For a break from hiking, biking, and kayaking, you can rent a canoe or pedal boat to explore Mayes Lake. Herpetology classes from Millsaps and Belhaven University often visit the lake for a chance to catch and tag turtles and alligators.

Hiking

While many cities don’t have hiking opportunities within city limits, Jackson makes it easy to hike in a different setting and get back to nature. The 305-acre park includes a campground, fishing at Mayes Lake, nature trails, picnic spots, and a public nine-hole golf course and driving range.

Whether you’re just starting or are an experienced hiker, you’ll find something to enjoy at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park. The Cypress Swamp Trail, marked with blue blazes, is a good place to start and offers a chance to see hardy cypress trees and water tupelo, which turn a stunning shade of red in the fall.

The Old River Run Trail is a bit longer and doesn’t loop, so you’ll need to plan your route carefully. This trail leads to a slough, where you might spot an alligator. Next blog post.

 

 

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