You probably have fond childhood memories of imagining yourself running off into your favorite fantasy world. Even as adults, we still love to do that — especially with places as immersive as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, or Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. At a Mississippi park, The Bridge to Terabithia might come to mind. One particular boardwalk hike takes you over waterways and through winding forests that will make you feel like you've stepped right into the magical land found in the storybook's pages.

Found in the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, the Bluff Lake Boardwalk trail is an easy hike that takes you through some downright enchanting views.

Totaling about 1,000 feet, the trail takes you over the reflective watery floodplains of the refuge’s bottomlands, giving the sensation of walking right on the water’s surface.

Lush landscapes filled with towering oaks and bald cypress trees canopy the trail, lending a particularly magical air to the scenery in fall when the foliage is bursting with color. You’ll spot tons of wildlife too, like adorable river otters, woodpeckers, bald eagles, and herons.

The trail ends with a stunning view over Bluff Lake under a covered outlook. You can even use the binocular telescope to scout out the surrounding flora and fauna.

The Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge has been around since 1940, primarily functioning as a sanctuary and place to breed for wildlife and migratory birds that pass through.

The land first began as an intensely farmed and over-grazed region and has since been transformed into a healthy ecosystem of diverse plants and animals thanks to land stewardship efforts.

Add this natural gem to your summer bucket list, and get ready to explore this magical boardwalk bridge and the watery worlds it winds you through — here's to living fairytales!

Bluff Lake Boardwalk

Address: 13723 Bluff Lake Rd., Brooksville, MS

Why You Need To Go: This enchanting boardwalk trail feels like something out of your favorite fantasy book!


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