Wooden bridge on the beach in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Image credit Engi Caribe via Shutterstock.

9 of the Most Walkable Towns in Mississippi

What makes a town walkable? For most, it means easy-to-navigate streets, attractions within walking distance, and access to sidewalks and pedestrian lanes in most parts of the area. All this appears to be true in the lovely southern state of Mississippi. Whether strolling along the riverfront promenades of Biloxi, meandering through quaint neighborhoods of Columbus lined with antebellum architecture, or checking out local art and cuisine, each walkable town in Mississippi tells a story of heritage, community, and natural beauty. From Hattiesburg to Laurel, here are nine towns where you will find all things touristy and more on foot!


The University of Southern Mississippi entrance sign in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Editorial credit: Chad Robertson Media / Shutterstock.com.
The University of Southern Mississippi entrance sign in Hattiesburg. Image credit: Chad Robertson Media via Shutterstock.

Hattiesburg also referred to as "The Hub City," is one of the most walkable towns in Mississippi. This charming city is designed for strolls, with its well-maintained sidewalks, pedestrian-friendly streets, and many attractions within walking distance. As you walk through the Historic Downtown District, a must-see is the Hattiesburg Saenger Theater, a restored 1929 movie palace and an architectural gem that still hosts a variety of performances, from plays to concerts. The Hattiesburg Pocket Museum, a tiny yet captivating space that features rotating exhibits of quirky local artifacts and art installations, is another fascinating stop. This micro-museum is hidden in an alley, making the discovery part of the fun.

The Longleaf Trace is an exceptional feature of the town. This 44-mile rail trail begins in Hattiesburg and extends into the surrounding countryside, but the section within the town is perfect for a shorter, scenic walk. You may also pop in local eateries like Depot Kitchen & Market for farm-to-table dining in a rustic ambiance.


City of Ridgeland City Hall in Ridgeland, MS. Image credit Chad Robertson Media via Shutterstock.
City of Ridgeland City Hall in Ridgeland, MS. Image credit Chad Robertson Media via Shutterstock.

Ridgeland, a vibrant suburb of Jackson, stands out with its walk-friendly infrastructure, making it a delightful place for residents and visitors to explore on foot. A major highlight of Ridgeland is the extensive network of multi-use trails, most notably the Ridgeland Multi-Use Trail. This 14.76-mile paved trail weaves through the town, providing a safe and scenic route for walkers. Along the trail, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the Natchez Trace Parkway. This historic and scenic trail spans over 400 miles but offers accessible and picturesque segments within Ridgeland.

A walk through the Renaissance at Colony Park is a must. This open-air lifestyle center not only offers a variety of shops and restaurants but also hosts public art installations and live performances. An often-overlooked gem here is the William Lowe Bill Waller Crafts Center. This center showcases the work of over 400 artisans from the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, including pottery, glass, woodwork, and more. Ridgeland's community spirit shines through in its local events, often held at various parks and outdoor venues. Freedom Ridge Park, for instance, is a popular spot for community gatherings like the Easter Egg Hunt.


The beach in Biloxi. Editorial credit: Terry Kelly / Shutterstock.com
Biloxi Beach. Image credit: Terry Kelly via Shutterstock.

The seaside town of Biloxi displays historical charm, cultural richness, and natural beauty, all within easy walking distance. You can begin your expedition with the beautiful waterfront. The Biloxi Beach stretches for miles, providing a picturesque route for walking. Here, you can enjoy views of the Gulf of Mexico, watch boats pass by, and even catch a stunning sunset. The boardwalk also leads to the Biloxi Lighthouse, a historic beacon that has guided ships since 1848. Climbing to the top offers a panoramic view of the coastline is a hidden gem for visitors who make the trek.

A stroll through Biloxi's downtown area should also be on the list. The Biloxi Visitors Center is in a stunning antebellum mansion, with exhibits detailing Biloxi's history, including its Native American roots, colonial past, and modern-day evolution. Nearby, the Coastal Mardi Gras Museum showcases the vibrant history of this local celebration with elaborate costumes and exhibits that capture the festive spirit of Biloxi. You will also pass by Mary Mahoney’s Old French House, where you can have a meal in one of the oldest buildings in the area.


Double-decker paddle boat serving as a visitor's center for Greenville, Mississippi.
Double-decker paddle boat serving as a visitor's center for Greenville, Mississippi.

Greenville's walkability is enhanced by its compact downtown area, well-marked historical sites, and walkable streets. The Washington Avenue Historic District is a perfect starting point for any walking tour. Lined with beautifully preserved buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this area offers a glimpse into Greenville’s rich past. A notable stop is the EE Bass Cultural Arts Center, housed in a historic school building, where visitors can explore rotating art exhibits and cultural events. Meanwhile, the Hebrew Union Temple is a historic synagogue, dating back to 1906, that features stunning stained glass windows and serves as a reminder of the town’s diverse cultural heritage.

When strolling through downtown Greenville, you will encounter numerous blues markers as part of the Mississippi Blues Trail. These markers celebrate the town's significant contributions to the blues genre, highlighting notable musicians and venues. Be sure to visit the historic Walnut Street Blues Club, where you can often catch live performances that keep the Delta blues tradition alive.


An interior view of the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Editorial credit: Jacque Manaugh / Shutterstock.com.
An interior view of the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Image credit: Jacque Manaugh via Shutterstock.

In Clarksdale, every step taken unveils a new layer of its rich cultural tapestry, whether you are delving into the blues at a live music venue, exploring historic sites, or enjoying the natural beauty along the Sunflower River. One of the central attractions in Clarksdale is the Delta Blues Museum, housed in what previously was a freight depot. This museum celebrates the region’s musical legacy, showcasing artifacts, exhibits, and instruments from legendary blues musicians. A short walk from the museum is the famous Crossroads, marked by the intersection of Highways 49 and 61, where, according to legend, Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his unparalleled musical talent.

Furthermore, downtown Clarksdale is brimming with live music venues that are easily accessible on foot. Red's Lounge and Ground Zero Blues Club, co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman, offer nightly performances that capture the authentic spirit of Delta blues.


Pascagoula Mississippi Beach Wood Bridge
Pascagoula Mississippi Beach Wood Bridge

Pascagoula is a lovely and accessible destination for those seeking to explore the region on foot. The 1757 La Pointe-Krebs House, the oldest standing structure in Mississippi, gives access to exhibits showcasing artifacts from the French colonial period and Native American history. This historic site is complemented by the nearby Round Island Lighthouse, a reconstructed beacon that provides stunning views of the Gulf Coast and a peek into maritime history.

The Singing River Art Gallery showcases works from local artists and frequently hosts events and exhibitions. This cultural spot is a short walk from the main thoroughfare and provides a unique look into the creative spirit of Pascagoula. Next, stop by Bozo's Seafood Market for a taste of the town’s famous seafood, or grab a coffee at Delo’s Heavenly House of Coffee, a local favorite.


Lee Hall sits adjacent to the Drill Field, on the campus of Mississippi State University.
Lee Hall on the campus of Mississippi State University in Starkville. Image credit Stephen Reeves via Shutterstock.

In Starkville, converging educational institutions, cultural venues, and natural spaces create a dynamic and walkable environment. Starkville's strong ties to education are evident in its university campus, Mississippi State University (MSU). A walk through MSU's campus reveals impressive architecture, such as the historic Lee Hall and the modern Mitchell Memorial Library. The university's museums, including the Dunn-Seiler Geology Museum and the Cullis and Gladys Wade Clock Museum, offer unique insights into geology, horology, and regional history. The town's buzzing atmosphere, especially during college football season, adds to its appeal. Catch a game at Davis Wade Stadium and experience the excitement of college football in the South.

Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge is a quaint highlight not known to many. While not within the city center, it is a short drive or bike ride away and promises miles of trails for walking and wildlife observation. Visitors can spot various bird species, including bald eagles, deer, turtles, and other native wildlife.


Birthplace of American playwright and screenwriter Tennessee Williams, located in Columbus, Mississippi. Image credit: Chad Robertson - stock.adobe.com.
Birthplace of American playwright and screenwriter Tennessee Williams. Image credit: Chad Robertson via AdobeStock.

Columbus has a flair for history and Southern charm, making it a delightful experience for walkers eager to explore its attractions. The Columbus Historic District boasts over 500 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, making it a captivating area to explore on foot. A walk along Main Street reveals architectural gems like the Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center, the childhood home of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

A lesser-known spot worth exploring is Friendship Cemetery, a serene and historic burial ground that served as inspiration for Memorial Day. Its winding pathways, ancient oaks, and poignant monuments create a peaceful atmosphere for contemplation and reflection.


Park in Laurel, Mississippi.
Park in Laurel, Mississippi. Image credit ThePhotoFab via Shutterstock.

Laurel is a hidden gem brimming with charm and character in addition to a walkable layout. The Historic District is home to a wealth of beautifully restored buildings dating back to the early 20th century, including the iconic Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. The museum, housed in a Georgian Revival mansion, showcases an impressive collection of American and European art, including works by renowned artists such as Winslow Homer and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, making it a must-visit cultural spot.

Stroll down Central Avenue from the museum, lined with historic buildings and local shops. Do not miss the Lott Furniture Co., a historic store that has been in operation since 1917. Browse through its unique selection of furniture and décor pieces, reflecting the town's craftsmanship and design aesthetic. Laurel also embraces community events like the Loblolly Festival, a lively annual street fair that celebrates local art, music, and cuisine.

The key to the walkability of these towns lies in their well-maintained sidewalks, pedestrian-friendly avenues, and cozy downtown areas that are easy to navigate. Visitors can enjoy strolls through historic districts, explore museums showcasing local art and history, indulge in culinary delights at local eateries, and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of parks and river walks. From the blues heritage of Clarksdale to the literary heritage of Columbus, each town brings something to the table that makes it worth exploring on foot.

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