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Mississippi in Pictures: 16 Beautiful Places to Photograph

Written by Anietra Hamper
Feb 7, 2020

The state of Mississippi has rich culture, from blues music and the performing arts to American history and architecture, so the picture possibilities in the state covers many bases. The outdoor scene is just as diverse, from serene nature parks and scenic byways to the ocean waters in the coastal region.

From paddleboats on the mighty Mississippi River to one of the most photographed lighthouses in the United States, there are so many visual treasures in the state. Since there are many aquatic images available in Mississippi, you may want to plan your photography outings around the sunsets, when you will find the most brilliant color and reflections on the water.

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1. Mississippi River

Aerial view of the snaking Mississippi River
Aerial view of the snaking Mississippi River

The Mississippi River is the main attraction in the state, with so many vantage points from which to capture it in photos. Mississippi is the last stretch of the 2,320-mile river as it makes its way into the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi River snakes its way through the landscape, so you will find beautiful riverscape scenery and wildlife along every stretch of it.

2. Biloxi Lighthouse

Biloxi Lighthouse in the early evening
Biloxi Lighthouse in the early evening

The 1848 Biloxi Lighthouse is one of the most photographed locations on Mississippi's Gulf Coast. It has a grand presence, especially since it is located in the middle of a highway. The evening light on the lighthouse with the Gulf Coast in the background is one of the most beautiful images to capture in the state.

3. Vicksburg Battlefield

Vicksburg Battlefield
Vicksburg Battlefield

The Vicksburg National Military Park is an area with a protected battlefield and the gravesites of 18,000 Civil War soldiers. The Siege of Vicksburg was an important battle in American Civil War history, and the artifacts, like the cannons housed within the area, are not only historic but visually beautiful.

4. Moss Point

Alligators at Moss Point
Alligators at Moss Point

The swampy areas of Moss Point are great locations to find local wildlife to photograph. Alligators are camouflaged in the green swamps of this southern Mississippi region. Moss Point is located close to the Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which is another area that has plenty of wildlife to photograph.

5. Natchez Trace Cypress Swamp

Natchez Trace Cypress Swamp
Natchez Trace Cypress Swamp

Deep within the Natchez Trace forest trail in Mississippi are majestic cypress swamps with green, monochromatic scenery. A section of the 440-mile trail goes through Mississippi and connects to other sections throughout the United States.

6. Mississippi Backroads

Mississippi backroad scene
Mississippi backroad scene

It is worth driving along the backroads in rural Mississippi just to see what unique images await. From historic barns and green fields to rusted out vehicles that seem to lend themselves artistically to the landscape, each direction is sure to turn up unexpected imagery.

7. Lake Lamar Bruce

Lake Lamar Bruce
Lake Lamar Bruce

The beautiful Lake Lamar Bruce near Saltillo is a pristine 300-acre lake that is popular with fisherman and photographers. The thick woods that border the lake frame the calm water. Catching the sunrise or sunset over the lake enables vibrant colors and clouds to be brilliantly reflected in the water.

8. Biloxi Bay

Biloxi Bay
Biloxi Bay

The waters in Biloxi Bay are a nice place to capture seaside images like commercial shrimping boats that have docked for the day. Days with puffy clouds in the sky add to the maritime imagery. Sunset is also a nice time to photograph at Biloxi Bay.

9. Fort Massachusetts

Fort Massachusetts
Fort Massachusetts

Fort Massachusetts is a uniquely designed fort on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on West Ship Island. The historic brick fort dates back to the mid 1800s and is now a part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The view of the military fort against the sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast is an appealing image with contrasting subjects.

10. Greenville

Old paddleboat in Greenville, Mississippi
Old paddleboat in Greenville, Mississippi

The paddleboats that cruise down the Mississippi River are always an elegant sight to see if you catch them as they go by, but there is one in the state that you can photograph anytime. The black and white, double-decker paddleboat in Greenville, Mississippi serves as the local visitor center. The boat is on the water, and it is beautifully restored to reflect charming Southern elegance.

11. Midway Marina

Midway Marina at sunset
Midway Marina at sunset

Midway Marina in Fulton, Mississippi is the stopping point for small boats and yachts. It has many docks and moorings that make for stunning photographs, especially at sunset, when the rich colors are cast onto the wooden planks and water.

12. Tishomingo State Park

Tishomingo State Park
Tishomingo State Park

The Tishomingo State Park is where many archaeological excavations have occurred, confirming the presence of Paleo Indians on the land as far back as 7000 BC. The park has tremendous natural beauty and historical imagery, including a pioneer cabin and footbridge tucked away among the hillsides of the park.

13. Mississippi State Capitol

Mississippi State Capitol
Mississippi State Capitol

The state capitol along the skyline of Jackson, Mississippi is a beautiful photograph to capture, especially during the early evening hours when the rotunda is lit with a golden hue. Photograph the capitol building from different angles and get the statues and other historic items in the shots, like the cannon on one side of the complex.

14. Union Station

Union Station in Meridian, Ohio
Union Station in Meridian, Ohio

Historic train stations are always ripe with great shots for photos. Union Station in Meridian facilitated passenger rail transportation since the early 1900s. While the depot is now used for more modern transportation, there are many remnants of its historic significance, like old passenger train cars that you can find around the facility to photograph.

15. Pearl River

Sunset over the Pearl River
Sunset over the Pearl River

The Pearl River runs through Mississippi and Louisiana and has a diverse wildlife and ecosystem. This is a prime location for nature photographs, as it attracts many species of birds and other rare water animals. The beautiful landscape around this natural area is especially stunning during the sunset hours, when golden hues of color bring out the details of the landscape.

16. Gulf Coast Shoreline

Sunset along the Gulf Coast shoreline at Biloxi Beach
Sunset along the Gulf Coast shoreline at Biloxi Beach

The Gulf Coast shoreline in Biloxi Beach conjures all the imagery needed to inspire an ocean getaway. While the beachfront is busy during the day with sun worshipers, evening is when photographers can catch the best shots over the water, with the beach chairs ready for another day of activity.

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