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Mississippi Petrified Forest Flora

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Mississippi Petrified Forest
124 Forest Park Road
Flora
MS
39071
Tel: 601 354-7303

Where are we going today?

How about going back 36 million years for your family day out in Mississippi!? The Mississippi Petrified Forest is a fascinating and historic step back in time for that family day out of yours!

There are a number of points of interest along that shady paved trail a whole 6 blocks long - so there's plenty to see! Did you know that the forest started all those years ago from an ancient log jam was deposited in the area by a river from halfway across the entire continent - pretty impressive! 

After you have enjoyed the wonders of this natural world and tried to spot all sorts of nature, you can visit the Earth Science Museum! Here there are amazing collections of all things nature - from minerals, petrified wood and even fossils. 

Kids - can you imagine what kinds of animals created these fossils? Of course, our planet is made up of incredible gems and minerals, so what better place to try and "muck mine" for gems than at somewhere like the Mississippi Petrified Forest! Have you ever heard of "fluming"? Well, fluming is when you are playing in the water, and you find a gem!

You start out with a bag of "mine muck, which is the real term for those rocks straight out of the mines.  When you wash them, then screen them, you might be lucky and spot a real gem or you - AND you get to keep what you find! Amazing!

You never know what you might go home with!

Groups are more than welcome at the forest, and the gift shop is ready and waiting to swap you your pocket money for some pretty cool items. The Mississippi Petrified Forest even is home to the annual Heritage Festival the first Saturday in November.

Don't be worried - the forests aren't really scared, it's just a name for their state!  

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$7
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

April 1 to Labor Day 9am - 6pm. 5pm shut other times of the year

Open all year except Christmas Day.

Teachers corner

A great learning experience in nature for kids! Give them a call to discuss making the forest a classroom for a day! .

I'm Hungry!

Take a packed lunch and enjoy it under the shady trees!.

Healthy Eating!

It's always good to have healthy snacks and water in your bag just in case. .

Any Top Tips?

There is a very friendly and pretty cat who has become the unofficial mascot of the forest! She turned up one day on the trail, and has never left!.

Need a little extra help?

The paths are paved so are fine for wheelchairs. .

Can I get one of those?

The gift shop has some very cool items to take home to remember your adventure by!.

More information

The tour is self-guided. .

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    Found this gem (no pun intended!) while working in Canton, MS. Drove over during a lunch break to investigate after finding their website online. Cost is 7 dollars for an adult; with that you receive a small tour guide book which explains everything you see on your hike by numbers. The loop is equal to walking about 6 blocks, so it takes about a half hour / forty-five minutes depending on if you read along as you go or how many pictures you take. This is Flora, MS best kept secret. They have a gift shop featuring petrified wood souvenirs as well...Read More

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    Very peaceful.

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    Very interesting and the museum had some great specimens!

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Found this gem (no pun intended!) while working in Canton, MS. Drove over during a lunch break to investigate after finding their website online. Cost is 7 dollars for an adult; with that you receive a small tour guide book which explains everything you see on your hike by numbers. The loop is equal to walking about 6 blocks, so it takes about a half hour / forty-five minutes depending on if you read along as you go or how many pictures you take. This is Flora, MS best kept secret. They have a gift shop featuring petrified wood souvenirs as well as precious gems from around the world. Highly recommend for a short morning or afternoon, educational (easy) hike. The staff here is very knowledgeable about the area and extremely friendly.

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