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Choctaw Lake

Choctaw Lake

Choctaw Lake

Location:  Off of Hwy. 15 two miles south of Ackerman, in the Tombigbee National Forest
Contact Information: (662) 285-3264; Tombigbee National Forest website

This recreational area with a 100-acre lake offers plenty of outdoor activities:

  • beach area
  • swimming
  • fishing
  • boating
  • hiking
  • biking
  • hunting (in the national forest)

Facilities include:

  • 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

Natchez Trace

Natchez Trace Parkway

Natchez Trace Parkway

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
  • hiking
  • biking
  • horseback riding
  • camping
  • historic sites

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

The Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium

Rainwater Observatory & Planetarium

Rainwater Observatory & Planetarium

Location: On State Highway 413 just off of the Natchez Trace Parkway, French Camp, MS
Contact Information: (662) 547-6482; www.rainwaterobservatory.org

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.

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