Wall Doxey State Park
North Mississippi’s Hidden Escape
Story by Tonya Thompson | Photos by John Hoffman
Named after a U.S. Representative and Senator from Mississippi, Wall Doxey State Park is one of the nine original parks built in the state by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Located 7 miles south of Holly Springs and 24 miles north of Oxford, the area surrounding Wall Doxey is easily one of the most beautiful locations in the state and is part of Holly Springs National Forrest. Wall Doxey’s centerpiece is a 60-acre, spring-fed lake, providing getaway options for fishing, camping, hiking, family activities and more. To learn more about the park, visit the website of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks at mdwfp.com, or email the park ranger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With nine air-conditioned cabins providing views of the surrounding forest or lake, Wall Doxey State Park offers accommodations for up to seven persons per cabin. Most cabins feature screened porches for the perfect spot to soak in the natural surroundings of the park. They also have fireplaces and Direct TV if you decide to move indoors for a while for entertainment. Since the cabins are booked frequently, reservations are strongly recommended. In addition to the cabins, there is a two-bedroom cottage also available to rent.
There are 40 picnic sites with grills and tables, many with a great view of the lake and beneath large trees. There are also four pavilions to seat larger groups for family reunions and church or school outings, and all require advanced reservation for use.
If you’re in the mood for activity before or after picnicking, Wall Doxey State Park provides numerous options. There’s a 2½ mile trail that goes around the lake that provides a shaded, low-impact hike. For a little friendly competition, try one or both disc golf courses available in the park: Spring Creek and Turkey Hollow. While the disc courses are free and open to the public, an entrance fee of $4 per vehicle is required to get into the park.
With 62 standard campsites and 17 primitive campsites, Wall Doxey State Park is one of the best spots available in the area to enjoy a night camping under the stars. In the developed camping area, there are hot showers and a dumping station, and each site contains picnic tables, grills, water and electrical hook-ups. Bathhouses with hot showers and a central sewage dumping station are located in the developed camping area, as well.
If primitive camping is more your style, there are 18 wooded sites available with water, toilets and showers located within easy walking distance from each site.
Wall Doxey State Park’s stocked fishing lake provides hours of entertainment for anyone wanting to soak in the crystalline beauty of the park’s centerpiece. If you’re between the ages of 16 and 65, you’ll need a Mississippi fishing license before you fish. You may purchase it at the park office for a small fee.