State Stargazing Guide

8 Marvelous Spots for Stargazing in Mississippi

Ah, Mississippi – a land of deep-rooted (and at times very dark) history, melodious blues, and soulful cuisine. As daylight fades and the sultry notes of a distant harmonica give way to a hush, the night sky above Mississippi unfurls a tapestry of twinkling stars – but do you know some of the best spots for stargazing in Mississippi if you want to take advantage of it?

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Amidst the state’s vast open fields and along the mighty Mississippi River, the heavens seem to be just an arm’s length away. Whether you call the Magnolia State home or are visiting when an astronomical event is happening overhead, here are some of the best places for stargazing in Mississippi.

In this post, I promote traveling to a destination that is the traditional lands of the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Houma, Koroa, Natchez, Quapaw, and Tunica-Biloxi peoples and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, among many others. With respect, I make a formal land acknowledgment, extending my appreciation and respect to the past and present people of these lands. To learn more about the peoples who call these lands home, I invite you to explore Native Land.

Map of Where to Go Stargazing in Mississippi

Stargazing in Mississippi Map
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By popular request, I’ve added a map to this post to help make it easier to understand where each of the best spots for stargazing in Mississippi can be found. I hope this helps you plan the ultimate stargazing trip!

Bienville National Forest

With its vast, untouched wilderness, Bienville National Forest offers stargazers 178,000 acres of public land where they can observe the stars in all their glory. Its remote location and protected status provide a pristine environment for astronomy enthusiasts seeking clear, unobstructed views of the night sky.

The only downside is that it’s heavily timbered, so you may have to move around a bit to find open areas with unobstructed views. But other than that, you’re in for an astronomy treat. 

Clark Creek Natural Area

Clark Creek Natural Area is nestled in southwest Mississippi. It’s a little hard to find, but you’ll be glad you were persistent. Renowned for its picturesque waterfalls and rugged terrain, this area offers a unique stargazing experience amidst nature. The region’s low light pollution and secluded atmosphere make it a great environment for stargazing in Mississippi.

Extra tips: There is a small parking fee, so bring some small cash. Also, make sure you have appropriate shoes as the terrain has steep and rocky parts. 

French Camp

Stargazing in Mississippi - Rainwater Observatory
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The tiny town of French Camp in Mississippi is a hidden gem for stargazing enthusiasts. With only 176 inhabitants, this charming town has no sign of bustling city lights, providing an ideal countryside setting to observe the night sky pretty much everywhere.

But, the first place you want to go is Rainwater Observatory, the state’s largest observatory located on one of the last remaining dark pockets in the southeastern United States. Whether camping beneath the stars or visiting the observatory, you will enjoy a magical display of the southern skies.

Holmes County State Park

Offering a serene escape from urban life, Holmes County State Park is a great Mississippi stargazing spot for those who like to enjoy a bit of solitude.The park is very peaceful and largely untouched. Set up a telescope or lie back on the lush grass to witness the wonders of the cosmos. If you want to spend the night, the park has nice campgrounds and cabins for travelers. 

Homochitto National Forest

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Amidst the serene pine forests of southwestern Mississippi lies Homochitto National Forest. While this park calls the attention of hikers, it also provides a great experience for stargazers. Its secluded location and limited artificial lighting create an optimal environment for stargazing in Mississippi.

Once again, the area is a bit wooded, so you may have to explore around to find a spot without tree coverage. 

Leroy Percy State Park

As Mississippi’s oldest state park, Leroy Percy State Park has charmed nature lovers for generations. And, lately, stargazers, too! This park is a great place for a quiet weekend getaway in the woods and on the water. It is away from city lights and doesn’t get very crowded.

There’s a small lake and camping area that make a great place for spotting shooting stars and observing distant galaxies. The sunsets at the lake are worth looking at, too.

Natchez Trace Parkway

Stargazing in Mississippi - Natchez Trace Parkway
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Natchez Trace Parkway is one of the most popular Mississippi stargazing places.  The route is dotted with endless spots where you can watch the stars. You can witness breathtaking nightscapes while driving or choose from numerous pull-off areas to set up telescopes.

Big Tree Overlook, Little Mountain Exhibit Shelter, and Reservoir Overlook have some of the best views of the night sky. 

Tishomingo State Park

Stargazing in Mississippi - Tishomingo State Park

Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Tishomingo State Park is a must-stop while traveling on the Natchez Trace Parkway for those who want some hiking. But it also promises a stargazing experience like no other in Mississippi.

It’s hard to believe that you’re in Mississippi with the hills and outcroppings! There are hiking trails all over the park’s stunning landscapes where you’ll find spots with minimal light pollution to watch the stars.

Know of any other great spots for stargazing in Mississippi – or do you have questions about these locations? Let me know in the comments below!

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Valerie is the founder and editor of Space Tourism Guide. She grew up in Alaska, has lived across the U.S., and traveled around the world to enjoy the night sky from many different perspectives. Join her on this journey to explore space right here on earth.