5 Must-See Desoto County Attractions near Olive Branch

Olive Branch is a city in DeSoto County, Mississippi. The city was named after the peaceful resolution between Indians and settlers in 1832. BBOnline recommends the following attractions within and near Olive Branch.

DeSoto County Museum
111 East Commerce
Hernando, MS 38632
(662) 429-8852

The Desoto County Museum is located in the county seat of Hernando. Featured in the museum are exhibits and artifacts tracing the history of the country, starting from 1541 with Hernando DeSoto and continuing to what Mississippi is today. Admission is free but all children must be accompanied by adults. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, and it's not far from your Olive Branch Bed and Breakfast.

Cedar Hill Farm
008 Love Road
Hernando, MS 38632
(662) 429-2540

Cedar Hill Farm is a 120-acre family-owned farm in Hernando, Mississippi. Take your family and experience the peace and tranquility of farm life. You and the kids can take a tour on a tractor-drawn hayride, pet the animals in the zoo and ride a pony. You can also go fishing or play volleyball, horseshoes or paintball. The farm has 1,000 blackberry plants and you can pick a few yourself or buy them already picked. Other foods available for picking are watermelons, cucumbers, cantaloupes, okra, zucchini, eggplant, squash, pumpkins, peppers and tomatoes. You can then have a garden fresh dinner in their Country Kitchen.

Cherokee Valley Golf Club
6635 Crumpler Blvd
Olive Branch, MS 38654
(662) 893-4444

The Cherokee Valley Golf Club is an 18-hole par 72 course with a challenging game for all player levels. The course features 6,751 yards with an intimidating 78 bunkers and 11 lakes, but very wide fairways. There are practice facilities with two putting greens, a chipping green and three-tiered driving range. The clubhouse looks like a lodge and gives a sweeping view of the 9th and 18th greens. Whether you're playing or just hanging out at the clubhouse, it provides a relaxing atmosphere.

Noah's Paradise Exotic Animal Park
3501 Highway 305 South
Hernando, MS 38632
(662) 233-0111

This park provides the chance to see and be up close to exotic animals in the Mississippi area. There is Pewee the camel, Prancer the reindeer, Scooter the kangaroo and Buster the monkey. Even though you have to travel about 20 miles from your Olive Branch Inn to Hernando, the chance to see different animals and interact with them is worth the visit. Admission to the park is free.

Brussels Bonsai Nursery
8125 Center Hill Road
Olive Branch, MS 38654
1 (800) 582-2593

This is the largest supplier of bonsai plants in the whole US. It has more than 100,000 square feet of greenhouse space and is a paradise for gardeners and enthusiasts who love bonsais. You can buy indoor, outdoor or specimen bonsai, lucky bamboo, ceramic containers, accessories, supplies, books, and videos on how to grow and maintain bonsai. The place holds Rendezvous, a weekend annual get-together of bonsai lovers from around the world where there are lectures, workshops and demonstrations.