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Go Canoeing in Mississippi

[ 0 ] November 2, 2012 |

There’s nothing quite like getting out into nature to help you relax and unwind from your everyday routine. Mississippi is a state that was made for wilderness adventures and one of the best ways to explore the coastal area is in a canoe. There is real freedom in being able to put together the things you need in a backpack, tossing it in a canoe and setting off down a tree-lined waterway for the day or the entire weekend.

For canoeing in Mississippi, there are a lot of different options, especially near the gulf coast. You can visit the Gulf Islands National Seashore Park, which includes the barrier islands off the Mississippi coast. Hop in a canoe or kayak and test your skills on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It is an experience you will never forget as you paddle across the ocean, taking in a whole new perspective.
Grand Bay landscape

Also close to the Mississippi Gulf Coast is the Black Creek Wilderness Trail inside the DeSoto National Forest. It is perfect for a leisurely canoe trip. You will glide through thousands of acres of ancient forest, taking in the beautiful scenery and soaking up the peaceful atmosphere that can only be found outdoors.

You can choose to rent your equipment from one of many local companies or pack your own. Sign up for fully-guided or self-guided tours. Go on a trip for the day or pack enough supplies to stay away for the weekend. Pull up on the banks of the river to hike the trails and get closer to the native wildlife.

Upper Desoto Falls

The South Coast Paddling company arranges many events for groups and individuals, including kayak fishing trips. They also hold classes for people wanting to know more about canoeing and kayaking and safety on the waterways.

If you are an experienced canoer, you might want to test your skills by taking a trip out to one of the barrier islands off the Gulf coast. Sign up with a group of fellow paddlers and take a tour out to the islands that last a few days. Stop for lunch on one of the atolls a few miles out into the Gulf. Paddle over to the small lighthouse that was used to guide the ships in the Gulf.

Throw a pole and some bait into the canoe so that you can enjoy some fishing along the waterways. It is a great activity for when you want to stop a while and just soak up the natural beauty around you.

When you want to get outside and away from your typical routine, plan a trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and toss some gear into a canoe. Grab your paddle and point yourself in the direction that promises the greatest adventure.

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About onurwaytravel: Colin has been travelling the world with his young family for the past 2 and half years. He runs a couple of websites all revolve around travel, family travel and digital nomadism. His websites include,, and now View author profile.

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