Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
1530 Hwy 16W
Philadelphia, MS 39350
Phone: (601) 656-3553
Fax: (601) 656-7484
The Tombigbee National Forest is situated close to the Tombigbee river from where the forest gets its name. The forest area of 67,005 acres (105 square miles) is spread across five counties. The forest is famous for camping and fishing sites along the serene water look ups. Enthusiasts explore the hiking trails that venture into the forest floor.
The Dentzel Carousel was originally constructed in 1896 by the renowned carousel manufacturer Gustav Dentzel. Although numerous antique carousels can be found throughout the country, the Highland Park carousel is one of only 11 to have been bestowed with the honor of being named a National Landmark by the Department of the Interior in 1986. The carousel is housed within the country's only surviving original shelter to have been built in accordance with one of Dentzel's blueprints. The hand-carved horses and original oil paintings that adorn the carousel have been loving restored; together forming an artistic masterpiece that will delight young and old. So, step inside the carousel house and let this magnificent beauty transport you to a place where reality is just as magical as the most wondrous fairytale land. The carousel was brought to Highland park in 1909 and has remained there ever since. Opening hours vary throughout the year so be sure to plan ahead or you might miss out on witnessing this antique wonder in action.
Originally built in the late 1800s, the Meridian Museum of Art first moved into the building it now calls home in 1970, when the Carnegie Library that resided here was moved to another location. The museum hosts over 30 exhibitions every year, drawing from a permanent collection that is composed of 18th- and 19th-century portraits, photographs and sculptures, as well as pieces borrowed from other collections and traveling exhibits. Apart from stellar art exhibitions, the museum also hosts a variety of classes, events and community projects. While relatively demure in stature, the Meridian Museum of Art is considered by many to be one of the most coveted public museums in the region.
With its tranquil lakes and lush landscape, the Bonita Lakes Park is a great place to unwind, reconnect with nature, and let the stresses of city life melt away. The park offers numerous opportunities for outdoor activities like horse-back riding, boating, fishing and hiking, while the wooded landscape is riddled with several rewarding trails that will challenge and delight. Sheltered picnic spots are available as well if you would like to take a break and enjoy a meal as you admire the azure sky reflected on the mirror like surface of the lake. Stay for sunset and you may just be treated to the brilliant light show that ensues when the rays of the setting sun set the sky and waters ablaze with spellbinding hues of red, orange and gold. Whether you are looking for a day of challenging outdoor fun, or a place to simply relax amidst nature, the Bonita Lakes Park has something for everyone.
Dunn's Falls is a lovely wildlife refuge and an important piece of the region's industrial history. This magnificent waterfall once powered the Carroll-Richardson Gristmill. Although no longer functional, this historic gristmill still stands and is open for tours. Visually stunning in its pristine beauty, the Dunn's Falls park also offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy a host fun outdoor activities like swimming, hiking and camping. Picnic spots are available as well for day visitors who would like to enjoy a meal beside the soothing sounds of the babbling waterfall.The park is open seasonally so be sure to check their website before planning a visit.