BY AMANDA WELLS | PHOTOS COURTESY OF RIDGELAND TOURISM COMMISSION
Located along the meandering Natchez Trace, the City of Ridgeland, Mississippi is an ideal place to get outside all while enjoying simple sophistication. Here, outdoor adventure meets upscale architecture. Historic trails wind past modern design. Ridgeland was intentionally designed to make the most of Mississippi’s mild weather, bringing the indoors out and the outdoors in.
From some of the state’s finest open air shopping to serious cycling, sailboats to spas, patio dining and custom cocktails, and art in abundance, Ridgeland’s offerings are endless.
At the Ross Barnett Reservoir, both avid and amateur outdoorsmen and women can enjoy boating, sailing, water sports, camping, fishing, picnicking or bird watching. On the reservoir, there’s always something happening—national and regional fishing tournaments, weekend regattas and a multitude of outdoor festivals.
On May 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., head to Old Trace Park on the Ross Barnett Reservoir for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s 36th annual Pepsi Pops. Grab the whole family and bring your picnic baskets, blankets and folding chairs for a night of star-spangled favorites followed by a breathtaking fireworks show along the water’s edge. Tickets can be purchased at msorchestra.com.
Hop atop a mountain bike and see the scenery the area has to offer along the Ridgeland Mountain Bike Trails. Ten miles of fast singletrack are home to some unusual hills and rock formations, providing exhilarating rides for the beginner, experienced cycler and everyone in between. Or, spend the day on the Friendship II boat, a 96×28 catamaran double-decker cruise vessel specially designed for group activities. Get out there and enjoy Ridgeland any way you like!
Whether you’re hoping that adventure awaits around the corner or are looking for a little downtime in a lovely setting, you’ve come to the right place. It’s time to get out there and explore—both inside and out.