Mississippi Petrified Forest, Mississippi

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  • Since we were traveling with our Kevin, we checked on-line to see if dogs were welcome. They were but we never anticipated how welcome! Deborah and Austin told us they loved dogs. They even had a dish...  more »
  • They offer cheap camping. A brocure of information to use throughout the forest, a museum of fossiles, rocks and gems and a gift shop of some amazing pieces! A must see!  more »
  • A good little museum covers the petrifaction process, provides a host of minerals and gems, and a short walk around the forest itself offers a rare glimpse into the wonders of nature. About an hour mi...  more »
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  • Everyone needs to see this place!! Trees that turned into rocks are so cool to see and feel. The trail was educational. But my favorite part was the museum. They have some mammoth remains that was found just a few miles from Jackson. And the 1000-year-old petrified lemon was incredible to see. We tried to guess what the petrified things were without reading about them first. The little store had lots of cool things to see. We bought a shark tooth necklace and a beautiful sparkly rock for our kids. Each was no more than $2 or $3. Besutiful earring made of petrified wood or with gems were only $6-$8 a pair. Great place for cool locally made souvenirs. Tickets are cheap for such a great experience.
  • You need to go here. The trail is pretty cool, with a brochure to guide you along the stops to see both living and petrified trees. The highlight for me was the museum. I've gone to a lot of natural history museums, and I can honestly say that they are able to show more with one small exhibit room than many other larger museums. Instead of inundating you with hundreds of similar specimens, each specimen in the museum is unique and different. Many of the items were things I had never seen before, like man-made minerals to rare and interesting gems from around the world. I was amazed by the caliber of the collection and wish I had spent more time enjoying and appreciating all the items. The staff was very friendly and I had an amazing experience. Looking forward to visiting again someday.
  • The campground is nothing fancy but for $12 rustic that has water, electricity and showers it can't be beat. Quiet, nice setting in the woods with lots of birds singing. Picnic tables could use a good scrubbing but for the price what can you say.
  • This is a wonderful place we happened upon as we were in the area. It was worth the stop as the short hike through the forest was beautiful, informative and peaceful. Seeing the large pieces of petrified wood in their natural location along with details from the guide book was interesting. The displays they had indoors are a rich variety of rocks, petrified woods and others. Although they are in one room, I have seen specimens I had not seen in rock collections found in larger museums. The staff are also cordial, helpful and a pleasure to interact with.
  • I always hear mixed reviews on this longstanding Mississippi attraction, but the rock-loving nerd in me LOVES this place. The walk through the woods is so peaceful, and it's amazing to see petrified wood and learn how it formed over centuries. The gift shop has some really neat rocks and gems, jewelry, housewares, and novelty items. My kids love the rock candy, and I love the incense burners and cool one-of-a-kind jewelry. Prices are very reasonable, and there's usually a Groupon to save even more, if you use that service. Allow 1-2 hours to experience this attraction. Tent camping sites also available on-site.
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