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Golden Memorial Hiking Fishing

Walnut Grove, MS 39189

Golden Memorial State Park memorializes post civil War with a one-room school once located on the site. Picnic tables, grills, 2 picnic pavilions, nature trails, 15-acre spring-fed lake stocked with bass and bream. The Loblolly Trail features the second largest loblolly pine tree in the state of Mississippi. Golden Memorial State Park is for a Day Use Only.

Official Website: Golden Memorial

Merchants Mill Pond State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Gatesville, NC 27938

An "enchanted forest," primitive species of fish relatively unchanged over millions of years, towering bald cypress trees with massive trunks, luxuriant growths of Spanish moss—this is Merchants Millpond State Park. Here, coastal pond and southern swamp forest mingle, creating one of North Carolina's rarest ecological communities.

Official Website: Merchants Mill Pond State Park

Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge Fishing Hunting

Sanibel, FL 33957

Matlacha Pass NWR, administered as a satellite refuge of J.N. "Ding" Darling NWR, is located within the Matlacha Pass Charlotte Harbor estuary, Lee County, Florida, approximately 8 miles northwest of Fort Myers. On September 26, 1908, three small islands were established as a ". . . preserve and breeding ground for native birds" by President Theodore Roosevelt through Executive Order 943.

Official Website: Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge