Capital/River Region Description - Visits to this region offer a glimpse of Old South grandeur, while Civil War re-enactments recall the heartache of a nation torn apart. This region is also known as the Black Prairie because of the rich, dark soil.
Location - The Capital/River Region encompasses the southwest corner of Mississippi. It stretches from Jackson, Mississippi's capital city and geographic center, to the historic towns that line the bluffs of the Mississippi River.
Cities - Brookhaven, Hermanville, Jackson, Learned, Lorman, Natchez, Port Gibson, Vicksburg. (Click city to view B&Bs)
Attractions – The state capital Jackson is home to historical, art and natural science museums, shopping and excellent restaurants. In the River Region to the west, time seems measured not by clock or calendar, but by the rise and fall of the Mississippi River. This section of the state features at least one historic bed and breakfast inn, Civil War battle site or monument in every 10-mile stretch. Spring and fall pilgrimages offer a glimpse of Old South grandeur, while Civil War re-enactments recall the heartache of a nation torn apart. History-rich cities here include Natchez, home to the nation's largest collection of antebellum mansions; Port Gibson, the town General Grant deemed "too beautiful to burn;" Vicksburg, where days of siege and battle are replayed endlessly on the rolling hills of the Vicksburg National Military Park; and Woodville, the boyhood home of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy. The Homochitto National Forest, Natchez Trace Parkway, Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, Natchez National Historic Park, Vicksburg National Military Trail, three National Wildlife Refuges, and numerous State Parks and Water Parks provide outdoor recreation opportunities in this region.
Recreation - The many rivers and streams found in this region can be counted on for excellent fishing. The area is known for its trophy whitetail deer, flocks of turkey and coveys of wild quail. Other activities available in this region include boating, water skiing, camping, picnicking, hiking and viewing historic sites.
Climate - Mississippi lies mainly in the subtropics. The climate is mild with the coldest months experiencing low temperatures near 40 degrees F. Summer temperatures frequently reach 100 degrees F, with coastal breezes providing cooling relief. Humidity is highest in August and September reaching an average close to 90%. The highest rainfall comes during the spring months, but December and January are wet, too.