Today’s deal lets you explore the petrified depths of a registered national landmark with admission to the Mississippi Petrified Forest in Flora. Choose between two ticketing options:
- For $20, you get four admissions and four gem flume bags (up to a $44 value).
- For $11, you get two admissions and two gem flume bags (up to a $22 value).
The Mississippi Petrified Forest delights nature seekers with its awe-inspiring sights and educational, hands-on attractions. Stroll along the winding nature trail for a self-guided tour, catching glimpses of the remnants of once-towering prehistoric trees turned to stone by unrelenting, ravaging elements. Fragments of the primeval forest are also on display in the earth-science museum, which houses examples of international petrified wood and animal fossils, including dinosaur footprints, whale bones, and a prehistoric camel.
When finished frolicking through the stone-henged forest, visitors can delve into the gem-mining flume and deposit the contents, or “mine muck,” of their flume sacks to clean and screen for a keepsake gemstone or mineral. After exploring the educational exhibits and natural wonders of the forest, guests can mosey on over to the gift shop, where they’ll receive 25% off any one item, including the shop’s selection of rough gemstones, glitter jewelry, and petrified-wood samples.
Mississippi Petrified Forest
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.