Recreation

Taylorsville offers a wide range of recreational opportunities in the town and surrounding areas. We are within easy driving distance of golf courses, fishing, hunting, water parks, art museums, shopping malls, movie theatres and restaurants. Taylorsville offers quiet rural living at modest cost, while providing convenient access to many larger cities, gaming communities, and other fine entertainment and recreation. Here you will find a list of MS water parks with links… great fun for the entire family. Mississippi water parks and state parks have great facilities for hiking, fishing, swimming, biking or camping.

The beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast is only a two hour drive from Taylorsville.

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A View of the Beautiful Leaf River in Autumn- The Leaf River flows to the south, then  joins
other rivers and streams that  flow into the Pascagoula  and into the Gulf of Mexico.

In Smith County you’ll find the following recreational attractions & events:

  • Leaf River ~ canoe/boat State access Point at bridge on Hwy 28 West
  • Ross Barnett Lake located in Mize
  • Shongelo Park located in Raleigh
  • Bienville National Forest located in Raleigh
  • Taylorsville’s Annual Grillin’ n Chillin’ BBQ Festival
  • Smith County Annual Watermelon Festival in Mize

Bienville National Forest
Nearly 73,000 acres of Bienville National Forest are found in Smith County. Almost the entire acreage is open to hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and other outdoor pursuits. Hunting for deer, turkey, squirrel and rabbit is very popular.


Town Park and Walking Track behind Town Hall in Taylorsville, MSTaylorsville, some years ago,  built a walking track in a lovely small park behind the Town Hall. Many residents and guests enjoy the park’s tree shaded beauty. The plot of land where the park now lives was a beautiful pecan grove, and many of the pecan trees still remain.
The town’s annual festival event , Grillin’ n Chillin’ BBQ Festival, is held in the town park.
This area also provides many people with a healthy and safe place to walk, or to picnic. The park has been well used, and continues to see  improvement. Local garden clubs and volunteers have donated plantings, and a pavillion is planned in the near future.  The park is used for family gatherings and Chamber Meetings have been held here, with music in the air and barbecue for dinner.  This park has a lovely feel and is delightful to the eye and spirit.


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Baseball and softball are popular spring and summer pastimes in Taylorsville !!

The town provides an excellent state of the art baseball/softball complex. From little league to high school baseball, our excellent facility meets the need in a great way. The park also contains a half mile asphalt running/walking track.

The Taylorsville Sports Complex  is located on Highway 28 East of Taylorsville.

Taylorsville maintains two tennis courts located at River Road Estates.




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The Bienville National Forest manages two developed recreation areas in Smith County. Marathon and Shongelo.

Marathon is located in the northwest corner of the county and contains 34 camping units, 16 picnic tables, 2 picnic shelters, and a swimming area. There is also a Lake Loop Trail of about 1 1/2 miles.

Shongelo is located about 5 miles north of Raleigh and contains 4 camp sites, 7 picnic sites, 1 picnic shelter, a swimming area, and a 1/2 mile loop hiking trail with an observation platform overlooking the lake.