Cabins & ATV Trails in Mississippi

by Nicholas Nesler
Some Mississippi state parks offer trail-riding opportunities for ATV owners.

Some Mississippi state parks offer trail-riding opportunities for ATV owners.

Mississippi, in the southern region of the United States, is named for the Mississippi River, which flows along the western side of the state. Home to a multitude of rivers, lowlands and forests, Mississippi abounds with natural beauty. Other attractions for tourists include Mississippi's casinos and oceanfront resorts. Mississippi offers numerous state parks that provide a variety of ATV trails, campgrounds and cabin rentals.

De Soto National Forest

The De Soto National Forest east of Laurel, Mississippi, comprises 378,538 acres of rolling terrain, pine trees, cedar trees, cypress swamps, streams, and rivers with white sand banks. The forest offers 170 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The Bethel and Rattlesnake Bay trails are reserved for ATV riders. Other activities include tubing, canoeing, bird-watching and wildlife watching. De Soto National Forest 968 Highway 15 South Laurel, MS 39443 601-428-0594 stateparks.com/desoto.html

Copiah Creek Camping & Recreation

Copiah Creek Campground on the banks of Copiah Creek offers a variety of activities for the whole family, including miles of ATV trails. Riders must comply with the 5 mph maximum speed limit through the campground areas, must follow the manufacturer's safe operating guides, and everyone rides at their own risk. The campground features RV sites with electricity, water and a dumping station, as well as primitive tent sites. Other attractions include fishing and swimming in Copiah Creek, bird-watching and hiking. The park is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for ATVs. It closes at dark on Sunday. Copiah Creek Camping & Recreation 1114 Peachtree Rd. Georgetown, MS 39078 601-209-0727 copiahcreekcampground.com/

Meridian East/Toomsuba KOA

The KOA Campgrounds in Toomsuba offers guests their choice of one- and two-room cabins with electricity, air-conditioning, bunks, fire pits and picnic tables. Amenities include a seasonal swimming pool, a pavilion, a snack bar, a water slide, restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, horseshoe pits and a grocery store. Nearby attractions include the historic Dentzel Carousel, the Jimmie Rodgers Museum and Lake Okatibbee, which offers activities such as swimming, boating and fishing. Meridian East / Toomsuba KOA 3953 KOA Campground Rd. Toomsuba, MS 39364 601-632-1684 koa.com

Nachez State Park

Nachez State Park is just outside historic Nachez, Mississippi, home to many elegant mansions that were spared during the Civil War. The park is also famous for the largest bass ever caught in Mississippi, caught in Nachez Lake in 1992. The park features two-bedroom cabins that accommodate up to six guests and include such amenities as fully equipped kitchens, large comfortable beds, air-conditioning and private porches and decks. Other features include a picnic pavilion, restrooms and showers, a ranger station, a fishing lake, hiking trails, a boat launch, disc golf, laundry facilities and a children's playground. Natchez State Park 230-B Wickcliff Rd. Natchez, MS 39120 601-442-2658 stateparks.com/natchez.html

About the Author

Nicholas Nesler has worked in journalism for over 10 years as a reporter, photo editor and sports editor. Nesler has written for "The Batesville Guard" and the "Paragould Daily Press." His awards include the '07 FOI award from the APME. He received his bachelor's degree in journalism at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro and his master's degree in education at the University of Central Arkansas.

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