Hiking around Tishomingo State Park is the best way to appreciate its beauty, as you walk among wildflowers and amazing geological formations. There are events throughout the year, like guided walks, or you can simply hike the trails independently with your family.
This is three-quarters of a mile long and takes you through a landscape previously used by the Native Americans here. It was for Chief Tishomingo, of the Chickasaw people, that this magnificent park was named.
Start your day with a swim at the pool and you'll be right near the beginning of this 1.5mi. trail. You'll pass by beautiful streams at Bear Creek and can also stop to play some disc golf, which is a fun, casual spin on traditional golf.
The track is three miles long, and you'll begin at the park entrance to see a huge variety of trees that are emblematic of Mississippi, such as sweet gum, hickory, and red oak. You'll also pass near Haynes Lake and can stop to fish or ride a canoe here.
Play some ball with the kids or go fishing and boating—the choice is yours when you're looking to make the most of this pretty setting for an outdoor family vacation. Tishomingo State Park cabins are an ideal way to enjoy the activities here.
Swim at the pool in summer, or play volleyball at the nearby court. There's also a playground with a climbing area and slide for kids. You can also head to the multi-use field, which is a wide space for playing some catch or football.
Bring your equipment and make the most of the superb conditions for rock climbing in the park. You can pick up a climbing guide at the office, which will tell you all you need to know about where to go and what to do.
You'll find everything you need at the park office, from life jackets and paddles to the boats themselves. After getting your rentals in order, you can head out on the Bear Creek Canoe Float Trip, or alternatively, go to Haynes Lake. The latter is also ideal for fishing for bream, catfish, and bass.