Noxubee Wildlife Refuge
A 48,000-acre resting and feeding area for migratory birds, the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge is a 20-minute drive south of Starkville. Alligators, white-tailed deer, bald eagles, and more than 250 species of birds, including red-cockaded woodpeckers and a variety of waterfowl, are among the many wildlife species present.
John Starr Forest
Located 10 miles south of Starkville on MS Hwy 25, the 8,200-acre John Starr Memorial Forest offers
- bird watching
- primitive camping
- RV park
Trim Cane WMA
The 891-acre Trim Cane Wildlife Management Area is 4 miles north of Starkville on MS Hwy 389. Permitted activities are
- deer hunting
- waterfowl hunting
Oktibbeha County Lake & Campground
Located on a 479-acre lake, this county park is 7 miles northwest of Starkville. The Oktibbeha County Lake & Campground is known for its largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and bream fishing. Waterskiing is permitted from noon to sunset. Daily use and camping fees apply; youth fishing (under age 16) is free. Facilities include
- tent camping sites
- camping pads with full hookups
- boat ramp
- fishing piers
- picnic areas with grill
- designated swimming area
For ultimate freshness and flavor, pick your own oriental persimmons, pears, muscadines, and blueberries in season at Reese Orchard and then visit Peeples Pecan Company to purchase or harvest your own Mississippi-grown pecans.
Both farms are owned and operated by local families. Reese Orchard is at 1716 Sessums Circle in the Sessums community about 5 miles southeast of Starkville (662-324-1509. Peeples is at 754 Pecan Drive, Starkville (662-323-7038). Call for hours and best picking dates.