Tishomingo State Park : Off the Natchez Trace Parkway MP 304

As we headed north the bad weather we had been warned about earlier in the day was quickly beginning to roll in. We made brief stops at Bynum Mounds (MP 232.4) and Witch Dance (MP 233.2).

The mounds at Bynum Mounds were build by prehistoric people between 2100 and 1800 years ago, between 100BC and 100AD. Trails pre-dating the Natchez trace were the avenues for early trade as evidenced by the raw materials and other articles from distant areas discovered here at Bynum Mounds.

As you follow the path that leads you around the mounds and the site of the three permanent house foundations that were discovered here, interpretive signage explains the lifestyle and dwellings of the people who inhabited the land during this period.

As I mentioned we didn’t spend much time here, so if you’d like to read more about Bynum Mounds click HERE.

Our next stop merely satisfied a growing curiosity and served as a quick pitstop as this is one of the stops along the trace where restrooms are provided. To find out what we were curious about read the sign above.

No, we didn’t find the mysterious spot.

We had to skip a few of the stops we had planned on visiting, but with the weather becoming increasingly poor, we just wanted to find a place to settle in for the night. Mr. McGee preferred not to stay in the SUV under trees while in the midst tornado warnings and I absolutely agreed! We settled on Tishomingo State Park where we were lucky enough to secure a cabin for the night.

Before I tell you about the park, let me tell you a little about the cabins. There are six cabins that set on the bluff above Bear Creek. They were built by the Civilian Conservation Corp and are typical of what you would expect given their age.

We stayed in cabin 5 which was a one room cabin with double beds.

There was a kitchen, table, fireplace, bathroom, shower, tv and a very large screened porch with a swing which Mr. McGee took full advantage of while having a well earned beer after a long hard day of driving and walking.

This was the view from the porch.

The park gets in name from Chief Tishomingo, the leader of the Chickasaw nation.

Archeologist have confirmed that the park area was inhabited as far back as 7000 BC and many of the trails that run through the park were once walked by these Native Americans.

The park is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. There are massive rock formations covered in lush green ferns, boulders, lichens, mosses, water features, trails, and just about every pretty thing you could ask to see. I wish I had taken more photographs, because the ones I did take really don’t do the park justice.

The park was such a beautiful place that we vowed to come back for a longer stay on one of our future trips and even though the weather was raging outside on the night we stayed we had an enjoyable peaceful sleep. The next morning we woke rested and ready for another long day of driving and exploring. To see the other amenities the park has to offer click the website link below.

Join us next week as we start day three of our journey. Until then…

Tishomingo State Park 
105 County Road 90 
Tishomingo, MS 38873 
(662) 438-6914 
website


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