Natchez Park is famous for having the largest bass in Mississippi history. A largemouth bass was caught there in the lake in 1992 weighing 18.15 pounds. Nearby historic Natchez, Mississippi is known for its elegant mansions from the Civil War period, with many of the homes still available year round for touring. This town is the oldest city on the Mississippi. Here are some of BBOnline's top picks for sightseeing in the area.
Downtown Historic District of Natchez
The historic downtown district of Natchez is a great place to experience outdoor beauty with its beautiful grassy promenades overlooking the river. It is possible to stay close to this district in a nearby Natchez Inn. Take a self-guided walking tour beginning at Bluff Park and pick up a Visitors Guide booklet at the Visitor Center situated at 640 South Canal Street. No transportation is necessary to visit this historic downtown.
Nearby Natchez State Park
The nearby Natchez Park is located only 10 miles north of historic Natchez, and is open year round for enjoyment. Guests can relax in a peaceful setting while having fun with the following park activities:
- Auto touring with scenic routes
- Picnicking with the option of cooking on barbecues
- Campfires, except in the cabins or cabin areas
- Wildlife viewing
- Playground activities
- Disc golf playing
- Historic Sites Viewing
Natchez Trace Parkway
This 444-mile ancient trail scenic parkway can be accessed from Liberty Road, Natchez. It runs from Natchez to Nashville offering biking, hiking, horseback riding, driving and camping.
St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge
This beautiful refuge of 24,442 acres is located just south of Natchez on the Mississippi River. It provides and maintains migratory waterfowl in the Mississippi Flyway, habitat and protection for endangered species including the bald eagle, and habitat for many wildlife and plant species.
Vicksburg National Military Park
This monument is located high on the bluffs 70 miles north of Natchez. It honors soldiers who served in the Vicksburg Campaign. The preservation and battlefield boasts 1,325 historic monuments and markers with reconstructed trenches and earthworks, a 16-mile tour road and more. This military park is a must to see, along with Natchez park.
Longwood Antebellum Home
140 Lower Woodville Road
Natchez, MS 39120
Spend the day strolling around the outdoors of this 3,000 square-foot mansion with gorgeous surrounding gardens. This home is open year round for tours and viewing. Guests will also enjoy the touching Southern story from the tour guide.
Horse Drawn Carriage Tour
Enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and the charm of the historic town of Natchez with a horse drawn carriage tour. Tickets can be purchased at the Visitors Center. This makes a nice outing from your Natchez Bed and Breakfast.
Natchez City Cemetery
1 Cemetery Road
Natchez, MS 39120
A cemetery is not a place usually preferred to visit on a vacation, but this one is different. The Natchez City Cemetery has beautiful figurines and a spectacular history of the town's builders and riverboat captains buried there. The tombstones describe romantic and adventurous tales.