Mississippi's 5 Regions
The northeastern part, known as the Hills Region
includes a tiny piece of the western tip of the Appalachians
(the highest elevation in the state) and plenty of man-made
lakes and waterways (where eagles can be seen). Some of the most
important battles of the first years of the Civil War were fought
at Corinth, Holly Springs and Brice’s Crossroads.
Elvis Presley spent his boyhood in Tupelo before
heading west on Highway 78 to Memphis.
William Faulkner was born in New Albany and moved to Oxford where he wrote the
novels set in his fictional Yorknapatawpha County based on settings
in the Hills Region.
The past, he once said, is not even past, and the
spirit of Faulkner country is alive and well.
If you doubt it, then just visit a place like Borroum’s Drug
Store in Corinth, where portraits of bearded Civil War generals
look down on you from behind an old-fashioned soda fountain.
The Pines Region
is the eastern side of central Mississippi,
marked by the collage towns of Starkville and Columbus at one end
and the home of Jimmie Rodgers, Meridian, and the Choctaw Indian’s Pearl
River Resort in Neshoba County on the other.
The Tennessee -Tombigbee Waterway and a system of locks and dams mark the eastern side of the Pines
Region while the Natchez race parkway traverses the western side.
The Capital/River Region
includes Jackson, Vicksburg, Natchez and post Gibson .
It boasts the state’s biggest collection of museums for sports, agriculture,
history an natural sciences as well as the National Military Park and the highest
and most scenic views on the lower Mississippi River.
Jackson is minutes from the Ross Barnett Reservoir with excellent
boating and fishing, and nearby Ridgeland boasts
The state’s largest shopping mall.
is the land of cotton farms, catfish ponds,
casino resorts and the Blues musicians who influenced the
Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Elvis and many others.
An astonishing number of creative artists lived here
including bluesmen B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf,
furry Lewis, Big Bill Broonzy and Charley Patton plus writers
Shelby Foote, Willie Morris, Walker Percy and Muppets creator
Jim Henson. The Delta is ideal for exploring by car on the
Blues Highway or the Great River Road.
The Coastal Region
includes miles of white sand beaches, but
that’s Spanish history, fantastic seafood, , deep-sea fishing , neon –lit
casino hotel resorts, golf courses, aquariums, adventure sports, backwater
bayous ad quaint little towns. From the Gulf islands National Seashore and
Shearwater Pottery in Ocean Springs to the Stennis Space Center in Stennis,
the Coastal Region is packed with more things to do and places to see than
any other area on the Gulf.