Day tripping can be exciting, adventurous or educational and sometimes one trip can be all three. Mississippi offers many such opportunities for day trips. One will encompass excitement, adventure and education with free admission. Take a day and visit Mississippi’s Little Grand Canyon near Columbia, MS.Red Bluff is called Mississippi’s Little Grand Canyon and the title is well deserved. Is it anything like THE Grand Canyon? Well of course not, but this local geological formation is continuing to be created by the natural erosion of the west bank of the Pearl River. The rim is approximately 400 feet above sea level and has a well-worn path which slopes sharply approximately 200 feet down to the floor of the formation. This continuing erosion has forced the movement of Mississippi Highway 587 at least twice. The erosion of the second highway is continuing to take place.
The colors are one of the most attractive features of the bluff. The rocks have various hues and brighten as the sun shines on them. One of the sad facts of the area is the amount of trash. For whatever reason, some visitors don’t follow the take it in, take it out rule.
The bluff cannot be seen from Highway 587, but there is a parking area on either side of the bluff. The bluff in now on private property with the owner living out of state. As long as one doesn’t cause problems, you can go to the bluff and hike down.
A tradition of Columbians going to the bluff is to bring a plate of rabbit from Southern Fried Rabbit in Columbia. Whether true or not, it is fun to stop off at the drive-in, pick up rabbit then head to the Bluff.
Red Bluff is well worth a visit, but know you are not only walking on private land, you are also walking on a work in progress. This work will continue for eons and will continually change and grow. Admire it, explore it, and help to preserve Red Bluff.
Clearwater RV Park is a great home base for all your day tripping. Call now and reserve a site, 601-749-8142.