Where to Walk
Mississippi has plenty of opportunities to walk and be active and is the perfect opportunity to explore our state. Here are a few locations you may enjoy!
The coast is back and as beautiful as ever! With 62 scenic miles of coastline, take a trip to the gulf and enjoy all it has to offer. From gaming and entertainment to shopping and state parks, the waters are welcoming you to the coast. Visit the Gulf Coast's website to learn more about upcoming events, attractions and more.
Bonita Lakes is a 3,300 acre park with three lakes, featuring nature trails, jogging and walking tracks, plus many other activities. Whether you enjoy a round of golf, boating, fishing or any other outdoor activity, you will surely find it at Bonita Lakes.
The Vicksburg Military Park honors and commemorates the Battle of Vicksburg during the Civil War and the surrender of the city on July 4, 1863. The park features more than 1,300 monuments, a restored Gunboat and a National Cemetery along a 16-mile road. The Vicksburg Military Park welcomes tourists from around the world and is a leading destination for historians and Civil War enthusiasts.
The Longleaf Trace in south Mississippi is a signature Rails-to-Trails project, 41 miles long and is a popular location for runners, walkers, hikers and even equestrians.
The Clark Creek Natural Area Hiking Trail is one of the more rugged hiking areas in the state. It's not a long trail, at just 3 miles, but the woodland's steep hills add to both the difficulty and the beauty of the area. It is one of the few places in Mississippi you'll find some real waterfalls.
At LeFleur's Bluff State Park, you get the most unusual mix of a very wooded, hilly natural area complete with swamplands and Mayes Lake, but you're also very close to an Interstate highway in the capital city. There's much more to this state park than its hiking trail, but let's start there. The complete trail leads hikers from an upper state park day-use area to the lower overnight camping site, but the trail is broken down into several smaller sections, and hiking a short loop back to the day use area is common.
Madison the City has been named one of the nation’s most livable cities, and its park facilities live up to the name. Liberty Park, Strawberry Patch Park and Simmons Arboretum offer walking and much more. In Ridgeland, where the tri-county area of Hinds, Madison and Rankin meet, walking options include Freedom Ridge Park, Friendship Park, Wolcott Park and the nearly 10.8-mile Multi-Use Trail.
It's wonderful to find the beauty of nature and not need to leave town. That's exactly what is offered at the Clinton Community Nature Center - a very nice walking area that is found in Clinton, one of Mississippi's Most Livable Cities.
If you're interested in expanding your fitness routine beyond walking, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi offers its members discounts at select wellness centers across the state through the Wellness Center Discount Program. For more information, including locations, visit the Wellness Center Discount Program page at www.bcbsms.com.