Location: Off of Hwy. 15 two miles south of Ackerman, in the Tombigbee National Forest
Contact Information: (662) 285-3264
This recreational area with a 100-acre lake offers plenty of outdoor activities:
- beach area
- hunting (in the national forest)
- 35 picnic areas with tables and grills, and one area providing handicap access
- 27 campsites
- 25-mile bike trail (view map)
- two boat ramps
- fishing pier with handicap access
- three-mile hiking trail
The 444-mile Natchez Trace pays tribute to an ancient trail used by people and wildlife that connected the southern portions of the Mississippi River. Areas in Choctaw County offer easy access to the parkway that stretches from the Mississippi River and across the Tennessee Valley to Nashville. The parkway offers:
- National Scenic Byway
- horseback riding
- historic sites
Location: On the Natchez Trace Parkway at milepost 193.1.
On February 15, 1934, while serving as U.S. Congressman from Mississippi, Thomas Jefferson Busby (1884-1964) introduced a bill authorizing a survey of the Old Natchez Trace. Four years later, the historic road was designated a unit of the National Park System. Jeff Busby Park is named in Jeff Busby’s honor to commemorate his part in the Parkway’s establishment.
Little Mountain – on a clear day from here atop Little Mountain you can see about 20 miles. The ridges and valleys are part of a geological land form called the Wilcox series that extends northeast into Alabama. Some 50 million years ago, the Wilcox existed as layers of sand and mud. Pressure of overlying sediments and early upheavals have resulted in those layers being tilted and converted into sandstone and shale. More resistant to erosion than the shale, the sandstone portions are the present-day ridges.
A one-half mile long loop nature trail descends into a shady hollow. You can easily complete the loop in 30 minutes. However, the more time you allow the more you will see and hear. Walk gently and give the forest residents a chance to welcome you into their home. A one-half mile long side trail from the loop leads to the campground.
Today, the Jeff Busby site includes an 18-site campground, picnic tables, restrooms, trails, exhibits and an overlook atop Little Mountain.
French Camp Historic District
Location: On the Natchez Trace Parkway at milepost 180.7.
French Camp Historic District sits alongside the Natchez Trace. Come discover how early American life used to be in this quaint log cabin village. The Huffman Cabin Gift Shop and the French Camp Log House Museum are open to the public Monday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Council House Cafe is open Monday – Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Other historic buildings include the Colonel James Drane House, The LeFlore Carriage House, Black Smith Shop, Welcome Center and Bread Bakery. And, French Camp has four bed and breakfast cabins.
(Photos by FCA)
The French Camp Historic District and French Camp Bed and Breakfast are part of the adjacent French Camp Academy, a Christian boarding school-home dedicated to creating a warm and nourishing environment for its students.
Tom Glasgow Park
Location: Ackerman, MS
A 33-acre recreational area named for a former Ackerman mayor, Tom Glasgow Park offers:
- 3 baseball fields
- 6 tennis courts
- sheltered picnic area
- amphitheater with seating for 2,000 people
Bruce Burney Memorial Walking Track
Location: Ackerman, MS
A walking track named in memory of Ackerman Mayor Bruce Burney offers:
- Walking Track
- Covered pavilion
- Blues Trail Marker for Texas Johnny Brown
- Country Music Trail Marker for Hoyt Ming
The Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium
Location: On State Highway 413 just off of the Natchez Trace Parkway, French Camp, MS
Contact Information: (662) 547-6482;www.rainwaterobservatory.org
Photo from French Camp Academy
As the largest observatory in the state of Mississippi, the Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium houses 20 optical instruments and a 300-foot scale model solar system. The observatory hosts The Mid-South Stargaze event each spring, bringing in visitors from all around the world. A variety of group tours and astronomy-related programming is available.