The Petrified Forest Is One of the Best Attractions near Jackson, and You Have to See It!

young people in a car with overlaying text saying download our free vacation guideAre you a nature lover? Do you want to explore the natural wonders surrounding Jackson, MS? If so, a trip to the Mississippi Petrified Forest in Flora is perfect for you. This forest features a unique collection of stone logs that are over 36 million years old! Stroll through the peaceful woods and admire flourishing flowers, wildlife, and natural beauty. You can reconnect with nature and with yourself! Read on to learn more about this magical forest and start planning your visit to Fairview Inn today. Make sure you download our free Vacation Guide for recommendations on local restaurants, shops, museums, events, and other outdoor adventures!

The Mississippi Petrified Forest Is One of the Top Attractions in the State


Discover the Forest

If you’re looking for an adventure during your stay in Jackson, head to the Mississippi Petrified Forest. It was discovered in the 1800s and opened to the public in the 1960s. Get ready to see a variety of trees that are buried in sediment and protected by decay. It took hundreds of years, but these trees slowly became fossils! You can see the fossilized trees during your outing and admire some that date back thousands of years.

Guests may visit the Mississippi Petrified Forest all year long, except on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The summer season runs from April 1st through Labor Day and the park is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. During the winter, visits are allowed between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.


Other Things to See in the Forest

Start your visit on the Nature Trail. Here, you can listen to the soothing sounds of the river that helped create the fossilized trees, marvel at the wildlife, and smell beautiful wildflowers. Make sure you explore the Visitor Center to learn more about the history of this forest! Before you head back to Jackson, enjoy a nice picnic at the pavilion and stop by the gift shop. Did you know you can also hunt for sparkling gems in the river? Buy a  $4.00 gem bag and bring your treasures home with you.

A Stay at the Fairview Inn Is What You Need Right Now

View of the Fairview Inn from OutsideThere’s nothing like coming back to a cozy room after spending the day in the Petrified Forest. The Historic Fairview Inn is the perfect place to unwind and experience authentic Mississippi tradition. Our bed and breakfast is not only a historic building, but it’s one of the quaintest in the city. We offer comfortable rooms and suites, delectable dining, a private lounge, library, and game room, and our very own spa for you to enjoy.

You’ll love staying in our Hayloft Suite! This private carriage house is the best place to spend quality time with the one you love, especially if you’re looking to rekindle the romance. Relax in the spacious sitting area, sip a glass of wine, and reminisce about the wonderful things you saw that day. Then, treat yourself to a rejuvenating bath and dream the night away on the plush queen mattress!


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