Tupelo, MS Recreation Options: Fishing, Golf, Tennis

By Kevin Litwin on May 8, 2014 at 6:00 am EST
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Being a good sport is easy in Tupelo-Lee County. In addition to the brand-new aquatic center, the community has many other top-notch recreation facilities and activities for residents who want to stay in shape and on top of their game.

Tennis

The Tupelo Tennis Association sponsors several annual state-sanctioned tournaments for players of all ages, and applies for grants from the U.S. Tennis Association to upgrade programs and facilities. Schools throughout Tupelo also offer tennis opportunities for students, while places like the Rob Leake City Park tennis courts and the Tupelo Country Club provide nice venues to play.

Running

Runners can train for several local races each year, including the Tupelo Marathon and 14.2 Miler in September sponsored by the Tupelo Running Club. The club also backs a Running With The King 5K during the annual Tupelo Elvis Festival and a yearly Gum Tree 10K and 2K Fun Run. The area is also home to the Golden Triangle Running & Cycling Club.

Fishing

The more popular fishing spots in and around Tupelo include Elvis Presley Lake, Enid Reservoir, Lake Lamar Bruce, Pickwick Lake, Trace State Park and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. The Tupelo fishing region is known for its crappie, smallmouth and largemouth bass, catfish and bream.

Golf

Golf venues in Tupelo include the public, nine-hole Bel Air Golf Course, while members can enjoy the private Tupelo Country Club. The challenging Natchez Trace and Bermuda-grass Big Oaks 18-hole public courses are in nearby Saltillo.

Ballard Park Sportsplex

The spacious Ballard Park Sportsplex has facilities dedicated to baseball, soccer and football. It features a 3-acre lake, skate park and disc golf course, and also includes the Tupelo Parks and Recreation administrative office.

Veteran's Park

Amenities like a playground, quarter-mile trail, disc golf course and aquatics center are part of Veteran's Park. Also on site is a four-field sports complex, sand volleyball courts and a Veteran's Memorial that salutes the military.

Tournaments

Tupelo has established itself as an attractive sports tournament destination, having hosted several local, statewide and regional events in recent years. In summer 2013 alone, Tupelo welcomed six softball tournaments (both slow-pitch and fast-pitch) as well as a disc golf competition and a tennis tourney.

Fitness Centers

Several local fitness centers will help you get in shape, including 24-hour operations such as Anytime Fitness, ATC Fitness and Snap Fitness. Other choices include Curves, Extreme Heat, Live Fit Wellness, North Mississippi Medical Center Wellness Center, and Premier Lady Aerobics & Fitness. Also providing a good workout and good times is The Dance Studio.

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Our town has a unique sense of civic pride, generosity and hospitality that sets us apart from anywhere else. I am proud to call the City of Tupelo home and hope that you will be too.

Jason Shelton, Tupelo mayor