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The Tishomingo Swinging Bridge

By Sandra M. Buckley

The Tishomingo Swinging Bridge

Nestled in the scenic Appalachian foothills of Northeast Mississippi is Tishomingo State Park, which sprawls over 1,500 acres of land dotted with the natural beauty of lush greenery, massive rock formations, moss-covered boulders, wildflowers, creeks and more.

One of the park’s landmark attractions is the famed Tishomingo Swinging Bridge. At 200 feet long, the bridge crosses over Bear Creek and leads to a picturesque waterfall and substantial rock formation. “It is a beautiful, functioning, historical landmark,” said Andre  Hollis, director of park operations for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks.

Tishomingo State Park is steeped in history that dates back to 7000 B.C., when Paleo Indians settled on the land. Later, in the early 1800s, these rolling hills were home to the Chickasaw Tribe – which is now the namesake of the park and its county and city.

“I personally think Tishomingo State Park is the most scenic park in the state of Mississippi,” Hollis added. “The massive rocks and early Indian history throughout the park are must-see attractions.”

Situated along the Natchez Trace Parkway, Tishomingo State Park attracts thousands of tourists each year. In fiscal year 2019, more than 77,380 people visited the park, with about 31,000 of those from out of state.

Visitors not only come to Tishomingo State Park to enjoy the swinging bridge experience, they also take part in canoeing, 13 miles of hiking trails, fishing, rock climbing, disc golf and exploring an 1840s log cabin, among other outdoor recreational activities. Plus, the park is equipped with cabins and RV campsites.

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