Crystal Springs, MS – CHAUTAUQUA PARK

We had read about Crystal Springs having a ‘trail in the treetops’ — a boardwalk through the woods that reached the tree tops.  Sounded pretty intriguing for a small town to make this type of investment so we wanted to see if it met the hype given on the city website.

Upon arrival you can tell that it is not a typical small town city park and we found it was built in the early 1900’s by the Chautauqua Movement, a church which was prominent at that time. By 1916, the park had eighty-eight cottages encircling a tabernacle, a 40 room hotel and restaurant.  All that is left now is part of the round restaurant and a concrete amphitheater.  It is all next to a very pretty lake.  The city has placed playground equipment, a boat ramp, a FANTASTIC golf disc course, and the tree top trail.

The trail is probably three miles long with 1,500 ft of it along a boardwalk over several ravines giving the ‘in the tree tops’ feel.  It is all wooded and tree specimens are marked along the way which is pretty nice.  From the trail you can see several of the disc golf holes.  It is really the neatest disc golf course we’ve ever seen.  One of the holes is below – it is like the famous ‘island hole’ at Augusta golf course.

The city should see they are missing an opportunity to promote this unusual disc golf course in addition to the trail.  This stop is worthy of an afternoon if you are south of Jackson.  Next we are headed into the Bienville National Forest.

The boardwalk in the trees

The boardwalk in the trees

One of the neat disc golf holes

One of the neat disc golf holes

Multiple tree markers

Multiple tree markers


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2 Responses to Crystal Springs, MS – CHAUTAUQUA PARK

  1. Mark Seneker says:

    Way cool, a trail in a tree top. I’m adding it to the list to stop and see some day.

    Also, thank you for posting on our blog about banking while full-timing.

    Mark from Missouri

  2. Janice Broussard says:

    Beautiful! Can hardly wait to see your pics from the national forest.

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