A natural heritage tour may involve travel to areas of natural, ecological, or cultural interest, often but not always with the assistance of a guide. Mississippi has cultural and natural attractions in equal measure, including music, Civil War and civil rights history, culinary tours, agritourism, museums, birding, hunting, and boating.
Efforts are underway to develop a natural heritage tourism industry in various regions of the magnolia state. In the Delta, the focus is on cultural and political history, including the development of a Blues Trail. The trail markers tell stories through words and images of bluesmen and women and how the unique Mississippi environs have always influenced their music.
Other areas, such as around Natchez, concentrate on Civil War history, while throughout Mississippi the verdant landscape lends itself to all kinds of natural outings.
Natural history rivals cultural history in Mississippi, especially along the region’s rivers, including the Mighty Mississippi itself. Quapaw Canoe Company provides high quality custom-guided adventures on the Lower Mississippi from Clarksdale. Wolf River Canoes leads trips along the Wolf River, famous for its white sand beaches and winding waterways, near the Gulf coast. Further east, Ecotours of South Mississippi leads trips down the Pascagoula River. The Pascagoula harbors a huge diversity of birdlife, wild lilies and orchids as it flows for 80 unimpeded miles from its confluence through bayou country to the Gulf of Mexico.
Agritourism is also a burgeoning industry, while hunting has played an integral role in Mississippi life since man has inhabited this region. Tara Wildlife near Vicksburg, in true Mississippi fashion, combines the bounty of the landscape with business amenities. Tara offers hunting, a regulation skeet range clays course, bird watching, river tours, wildlife tours, fishing, and meeting space for businesses and individuals. Tara is also known for its highly acclaimed summer camps and workshops for children ages 9-16, ensuring that generations to come will appreciate Mississippi’s proud outdoor heritage.