While we can only dream of living out fantastic fairytales, you can find plenty of magic in The Magnolia State. And if you're looking for a place with a sprinkle of that every-day magic in Mississippi, Sky Lake's boardwalk hike is a downright enchanting place to visit. As you walk 12 feet above the forest floor, you'll wind through a canopy of ancient cypress trees — some of which are over 1,000 years old!
You’ll also find many of the trees to be hollow, their hollowed-out centers caused by age or natural erosion. They almost feel like they could be home to hobbits or mythical woodland sprites, and some are even tall and wide enough to fit several people inside.
Sky Lake is also home to the largest cypress tree in the state, measuring 47 feet around and a whopping 70 feet tall.
The boardwalk path is about 1,700 feet in length and is an easy, relaxing hike through the trees. If you're already ready to explore, you'll find this hidden gem about 15 minutes north of the city of Belzoni.
You can even explore Sky Lake via a paddling trail, which takes you through the swampy waters. By kayak or canoe, you can check out the four main segments, the trail totaling about 2.6 miles.
It’s best to visit in the summertime if you’re wanting to take to the paddling trails because that’s when the water is highest.
Sky Lake is not only a place for dreamy nature views, but it's full of history too.
Not far from Sky Lake there is even a Native American archaeological site called Jaketown, which is now considered a National Historic Landmark.
No matter which season you choose, you can get lost in the fall foliage, soak up lush summer scenery, or admire the year-round magic of ancient cypress trees at Sky Lake.
Why You Need To Go: Wander through ancient cypress trees down an enchanting boardwalk, or paddle through the forest via kayak!
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