Outdoor Recreation Options in Meridian, MS
PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Adkins
East Mississippi is beautiful on the outside, especially with regard to outdoor recreation activities. Here are examples:
Clarkco State Park – with white sands and tall oaks – is just south of Meridian, complete with a rest area that has been developed on an island formed by a fast-moving creek. And Dunn's Falls is a water park nestled along the Chunky River, featuring swimming and a 65-foot waterfall that provides beauty along with power needed for a nearby grist mill.
Highland Park is home to the Jimmie Rodgers Museum, the Dentzel Antique Carousel, Frank Cochran Center and the Kendallwood Craft Center. This park has everything a visitor needs: swimming pool, duck pond, tennis courts, sports fields, playground and four shelters.
Velma Young Park has a playground, baseball fields, basketball courts, swimming pool, a community center and picnic shelters, while Northeast Park serves the sports enthusiast with its lighted softball and soccer fields, lighted tennis courts, and a walking and running track. Planet Playground is also at Northeast Park, spanning 10,000 square feet and open 24 hours a day.
Binachi Shooting Sports opened in spring 2011 as one part of the Choctaw Area Council-Boy Scouts of America Camp Binachi long-range plan. The facility is available for public and corporate use and features a 12-stand sporting clays course with shooting opportunities for all skill levels.
Just Add Water
Okatibbee Lake, measuring 4,100 acres, has seven parks for visitors along with areas for camping and fishing, a marina, water slide, and swimming beaches. Splashdown Country water park is on 350 acres of that land, complete with inner-tube river rides, water slides and even a motel on site.
Bonita Lakes is a 3,300-acre park situated on three lakes, with activities such as horseback riding, nature trails, a walking track, mountain bike trails, fishing and boating. Dalewood Shores Lake is a 3,300-acre subdivision with an 1,800-acre main lake and 10 smaller lakes ranging from two to 75 acres.
Have a Ball
Sammie Davidson Softball Complex near Meridian Community College frequently hosts tournaments on its four lighted fields and also has tennis courts, a walking/jogging track and playground. Sykes Park, home to the Meridian Wildcats baseball team, has three fields and batting cages, while Phil Hardin Park offers baseball players four lighted fenced-in fields and is used for boys' major and minor league play. Meanwhile, Meridian Jaycee Soccer Complex has 10 fields and hosts leagues for children 4-19 years of age.
The Club Scene
Tennis enthusiasts also have several spots to serve and volley throughout East Mississippi. They include Meridian Community College, Northeast Park, Northwood Country Club and Sammie Davidson Complex.
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