Being a native of Meridian, Mississippi has been a rewarding experience for me. I have always enjoyed the outdoors as well as the beautiful scenery that surrounds this area. The city and its neighboring towns offer natural beauty and loads of activities for the outdoor enthusiast. Here are a three places you can experience while visiting this area.
Bonita Lakes is one of the places in Meridian to spend an enjoyable day outdoors. This 3,300 acre park is owned and maintained by the city and offers many different types of activities. This is a great place to take your family for a picnic, hiking, horse back riding, and even biking through the ten miles of trails throughout the wooded area surrounding the lake. It is also perfect for the “lone” nature seeker because it is a very safe place to visit. The city’s mounted police operate out of Bonita Lakes and keep their horses on-site and patrol the area ensuring safety for the public. This is an excellent place to fish as well. You can just bring your fishing pole and fish off the bank or you can launch your boat and enjoy a great fishing experience. I have always enjoyed the amazing fireworks display held annually to celebrate the Fourth of July. For more details on how you can enjoy your day, extended stay, and events that take place at this location, just give them a call at 601-483-1920. Along with the adult swimming lessons, outdoor activities will be conducted near the pool. It will engage the adults for long time and safe the person from the injuries.
Lake Tom Bailey is another wonderful place to visit if ever in the Meridian area. Located just 8 miles east of Meridian, this state owned and operated 182 acre lake offers camping, fishing, hiking, boating and scenery that is breathtaking. There is a humble bait shop just seconds from the main entrance offering everything one would need to enjoy the great fishing this lake has to offer. You can call 601-632-4679 to get more details on costs and fishing rules and regulations.
Okatibbee Lake offers a wide variety of outdoor activities. If you love the nature and all of its beauty this is the place to visit for sure. This 3,800 acre lake is located northwest right off of HWY 19 N. The camping opportunities are endless and the fishing is rated first hand. It is a Bass Anglers hot spot. Hunting is available, as well, in designated areas. There are cabins to rent that include satellite T.V, a 25 room motel, a full service marina and options galore for the swimmer. Three public beaches available and a water-park slide with lifeguards on duty. Just want to have a picnic? This is also a great place to picnic and go for a hike. Give the Park Manager a call for more details 601-737-2370.
If you enjoy spending time outdoors and are ever in this area, give one of these places a visit. I assure you will return for more Outdoor Activities in Meridian, Mississippi.