Mississippi Petrified Forest

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124 Forest Park Road, Flora, MS 39071 124 Forest Park Road, Flora Directions
+16018798189
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Report | 8 days ago
Very nice place to visit with family, lots of history, nice trail, picnic area, I would recommend.
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Report | 4 months ago
If you are an outdoor lover this is a great place filled with tons of history! Wear boots or comfortable shoes to walk the path. Also great place to take pictures! Bring some spending money for the very unique gift shop. Also great place for kids.
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Report | 5 months ago
Be sure to wear your walking shoes. It's so peaceful there that you'll probably take your time.
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Report | 5 months ago
Not very long trail, but peaceful. Wear tennis shoes.
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Report | 7 months ago
A short, but beautiful, 1/2 mile trail. Study up ahead of time and you'll get more out of it. There is a fossil museum, mining flume, picnic area and VERY reasonably priced store too.
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Report | 7 months ago
Bring a lunch! They have a great picnic area. I visited with my homeschooled children. It was amazing and incredibly informative. Read the whole pamphlet while hiking. Lots of great facts.
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Report | 7 months ago
There is a six block walking trail on pine needle covered ground, so wear walking shoes. I did it with a walker, so it's pretty easy.
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Report | 7 months ago
It was a beautiful park - I would recommend a picnic lunch!
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Report | 8 months ago
very peaceful and historical forest walk
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Report | 8 months ago
The forest is interesting but the fossil and mineral/gem collections in the gift shop are amazing! Beautiful stuff for sale too! :)
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Tremendous trees with 12-foot-wide trunks towered a hundred feet into the sky 36 million years ago, dominating the landscape for centuries before succumbing to the passage of time. An ancient river carried them halfway across the continent and deposited them in a logjam in Mississippi, where they slowly turned to stone. Though the river is long gone, the site thrives today as registered national landmark. The Mississippi Petrified Forest showcases the lifecycle of these primordial trees turned petrified logs.

A shady six-block nature trail winds around the site and ends at an earth-science museum, which contains a collection of dinosaur footprints, whale bones, and a prehistoric camel. Patrons can also screen rocky samples in a water flume for rough gemstones that they can take home or use to save their neighborhood from land developers.

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