Mighty Mississippi Road Trip

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Say Hello to Old Man River! The vast fertile flatlands of what is known as the Mississippi Delta were created by thousands of years of flooding by the Mississippi River.  The soil and the climate created one the world’s most important agricultural economies.  The Mississippi Great River Road National Scenic Byway runs along the river through Mississippi’s western most counties.  To drive along the Great River Road takes you through what has been called “the most Southern place on Earth.”  Several exhibits along the Great River Road detail the history of the river and the people who settled along its fertile crescent. 

Mississippi has developed a heritage trails program to highlight places of interest and historic significance to Mississippi’s diverse culture.  Throughout the Delta you will find dozens of Mississippi Blues Trail markers from Memphis Minnie just outside of Walls to Willie Dixon’s hometown of Vicksburg.  The Mississippi Country Music Trail celebrates the lives of Mississippians who left their legacies in country music.  The Mississippi Mound Trail sites mark centers of social and political authority of Mississippi’s Native Americans.  The Mississippi Freedom Trail honors those who fought for the Civil Rights of all Mississippians.  The Tamale Trail (yep, we’ve got one!) has many delicious stops as you see where the backroads take you in the Mississippi Delta. Check out the Mississippi River in this itinerary.