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Sports and Recreation in Natchez, MS

Options include adventure, parks, golf, kayaking

By John McBryde on April 29, 2015

Kayaking on the Mississippi River in Natchez, MS
Natchez / Mark Coffey

Schedule a play date, and breathe the fresh air in Natchez and Adams County, where recreation options range from hunting and fishing to golf and tennis.

Natural and Historic Parks

Outdoor recreation is easy to find in the 192,000-acre Homochitto National Forest, while Natchez State Park offers amenities like a lake for boating and fishing, cabins, camping, a playground, picnic pavilion and nature trail. Another outdoor option in the region is Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge in Ferriday, La., which features a scenic river and bottomland hardwoods within a short drive of Natchez. For history enthusiasts, old Jefferson College was founded in 1802 and hosts history-related events throughout the year.

Boating, Canoeing and Kayaking

Multiple water recreation options are available in the Natchez area thanks to Concordia Lake and Lake St. John, both of which are located near Ferriday, La. In addition, canoeing and kayaking opportunities can be enjoyed on the Old River segment of the Mississippi River, with companies like Quapaw Outings providing guided tours.

Parks & Rec

The Natchez Parks & Recreation Department maintains several outdoor areas, including 213-acre Duncan Park that features a golf course, eight lighted tennis courts and three lighted youth baseball fields. North Natchez Park has 10 outdoor basketball courts along with playground areas and a recreation center, while other outdoor spots are Children’s Playground Neighborhood Park, Concord Avenue Park and Osceola Neighborhood Park. For those who want to view a beautiful sunset, Natchez Bluff Park is a great spot.

Hunting and Fishing

Giles Island is a private hunting reserve that schedules events and outings for hunters, and the Wildlife Management Area in Natchez is also an ideal adventure setting. Fishing is usually excellent on area lakes such as the one in Natchez State Park, while Natchez-based Redneck Adventures schedules events like Redneck Outdoor Extravaganzas to introduce a day of wildlife and nature to people from all walks of life.


Right on course in the Adams County region are three golf venues. Duncan Park Golf Course opened in 1928 and offers 18 holes, and just south of Natchez is Beau Pré Country Club that debuted in 1999. A nine-hole Panola Woods Country Club in Ferriday has operated since 1969.


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