Last year, when we mentioned to Marvin's mom and sister, who have lived in Mississippi their whole lives, that there is a place known as the "Grand Canyon of Mississippi," they confessed that they had never heard of it. So when we planned our route from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi to Northwest Pennsylvania, we added a stop in Foxworth, Mississippi, to view this Little Grand Canyon. And, boy, was it worth it!
How to Get There
From Foxworth, MS, follow Hwy 587 nine miles. On your right, you'll see a paved road with a barricade across it. Park in front of the barricade and walk the rest of the way in.
Tip: You'll have to climb through or over the barricade. Wear comfortable shoes.
The canyon itself is absolutely breath-taking. As we stood above the tree tops and looked down at the chasm below, we recognized the grandeur and immensity of the canyon. The Grand Canyon of Arizona attracts over five million visitors each year and is highly commercialized. But this hidden gem that is isolated from crowds, masked by wooded land, and sequestered behind a barricade is just the type of untouched beauty we seek.
With each heavy rain, the topography of the canyon changes, with more of the red soil washing away. This canyon, unlike the Grand Canyon in Arizona, continues to grow. Because of the changing landscape, county leaders have had to move the road twice. Parts of the second road still sit in their original location. Some has been covered by debris and grass, and some will soon succumb to the canyon's ever-growing girth.
Photos do not do justice to this natural wonder. Follow our YouTube channel to see video footage of the walk to the canyon and of the canyon itself. Or, better yet, go see Red Bluff, the Grand Canyon of Mississippi, for yourself!
Have you seen this natural wonder for yourself? Tell us your impressions of it!
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