People flock to Grenada from all over the US for their world-class crappie fishing, but if you love the outdoors then there are plenty of other things to do in Grenada, MS.
This is a cute Mississippi town with lots of character, kind people, and a gorgeous lake nearby.
I was able to visit Grenada last fall at the end of my Mississippi road trip and especially loved kayaking in Chakchiuma Swamp, fishing on Grenada lake, and of course, eating at their local restaurants.
The lake really is such a beautiful resource in Grenada and many of the things to do in the area center around it.
- 10 Top Things to Do in Grenada, MS
- 1. Crappie Fishing on Grenada Lake
- 2. Kayaking in the Lee Tartt Nature Preserve
- 3. Visit Downtown Grenada
- 4. Stop at the Grenada Lake Visitors Center
- 5. Hike the Lost Bluff Trail
- 6. Play a Round at The Dogwoods Golf Course
- 7. Campout by the Lake
- 8. Grab a Shake at Spencer’s Dairy Kream
- 9. Try One of the Other Grenada Restaurants
- 10. Attend a Local Event
- What is Grenada, MS Known For?
- Where to Stay in Grenada, MS
- Wrap Up: Fun Things to Do in Grenada, MS
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10 Top Things to Do in Grenada, MS
If you love the outdoors, then make sure Grenada is on your list of places to visit. I was able to experience many of the fun things to do in Grenada, MS so here is my list based on my itinerary plus a few other suggestions.
1. Crappie Fishing on Grenada Lake
This is by far one of the most popular things to do in Grenada. Like I said, people come from all over the country just to crappie fish on Grenada Lake.
The ones that people catch here consistently break records in the crappie fishing tournaments. They easily reach three pounds and some get close to four pounds.
Most people visit in the spring because they want to catch the trophy fish but if you plan a late summer trip, you can catch just as many fish and the crowds won’t be as bad.
Over the winter, the lake is drained so water levels go way down. While I was there toward the middle of September, you could already see that the water had come down a considerable amount.
I went out fishing with the Grenada Lake Charters and could not have had a better experience. To fit everything into my schedule, I had to go out in the afternoon but my guide, Ben, still did a great job of putting us on the fish.
If you’re visiting specifically to fish, the early morning is the ideal time to go. I got to try out fishing with a livescope and it felt like I was playing a video game – it was so neat!
This is where sonar equipment is mounted to the front of the trolling motor so you can see fish that are right in front of you. When you have the bait in front of the motor you can see it as well and you try your best to place it right in front of the fish.
Just because you have it in the right place, doesn’t guarantee they’ll take it though. Since we were fishing in the afternoon, we had lots of them pass us by. It was fun just to watch the fish and see if they would take the bait or not.
If fishing is your sole reason for coming to Grenada then consider booking an all-inclusive trip with Grenada Lake Charters. This will include fishing, meals, and lodging at some of their beautiful cabins.
2. Kayaking in the Lee Tartt Nature Preserve
Less than five minutes from downtown Grenada, you’ll find the Lee Tartt Nature Preserve.
The preserve was named after James Lee Tartt who was a special agent for the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and member of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety SWAT team.
He was raised in Grenada and loved the outdoors. In 2016, he was killed in the line of duty during a hostage situation. The hostages escaped and are alive today because of his sacrifice. Three other agents were injured in the shootout.
This preserve protects bottomland hardwood forest and Chakchiuma Swamp which is actually interconnected oxbow lakes. You can enjoy hiking, kayaking/canoeing, birding, and more here.
If you have your own kayak or canoe, then you can visit the nature preserve and go at your own pace. There is a gate currently up and if you want to park closer to the boat ramp you must call and arrange a time. Otherwise, it’s a decent walk to the ramp from the parking area.
If you don’t own a kayak or canoe, tours are currently led by appointment and you can contact the Friends of Chakchiuma Swamp to set those up.
I was led through the swamp by Robin Whitfield who is typically the one who will show you around.
She is full of knowledge about the plants and animals that call this area home. I loved learning so much about the plants I never would have noticed in the swamp.
Robin is an artist and has done some amazing work showcasing the beauty of Chakchiuma Swamp. Check out Robin Whitfield Studio to see for yourself.
If hiking is more your thing then there are a couple of short trails through the Preserve that you can currently take. The trail map is helpful to see the different trail options.
In April 2023 they are planning to open a new, longer trail that will connect the North and South Trails.
For other kayaking options, make sure you check out the nearby Yalobusha River Paddling Trail.
3. Visit Downtown Grenada
One thing I really regret is not having time to go shopping downtown. Over the last couple of years there has been an increase in local businesses opening, like many downtown areas in small towns.
I was never downtown during shopping hours, so I was only able to window shop. You’ll find clothing boutiques, home decor, and even a bridal shop.
Gav & Co Boutique is a popular women’s clothing store. The Chic P Salon & Boutique is another cute option. If you’re visiting on a Friday then stop by Robin Whitfield Studio.
The cute storefront shown above is First Impressions Boutique and it looked like they had lots of great options!
Engagements Bridal & Formal Wear brings people in throughout the area who are searching for the perfect bridal gown or prom wear.
If you’re looking for shopping options outside of downtown, La Bella Fonte Galleria is a nice home decor and gift store. Unique Gifts & Crafts carries handmade bath products.
Another cool thing that you can do downtown is an architectural scavenger hunt. Stop in at Robin Whitfield Studio to pick one up.
4. Stop at the Grenada Lake Visitors Center
This is a fun stop if you have nature lovers in your group or history buffs – especially kids.
The Visitors Center has a theater and exhibits that highlight the lake, its natural resources, and the history of the area.
There are exhibits about the animals surrounding the lake and they have a life-size model of an eagle nest.
Personally, I loved learning why they built the lake and how they did it. Another reason to make a stop here – they have clean restrooms and you can get information about area attractions.
There’s also a large balcony at the back of the building with a gorgeous view of Grenada Lake.
5. Hike the Lost Bluff Trail
While you may not think of Mississippi for hiking there are trails here that offer beautiful views and give you a great workout.
One of those is the Lost Bluff Hiking Trail. This is a 2.2-mile long loop trail that’s rated as moderate but note that it does have a few steep inclines.
There are two overlooks along the trail where you get a nice view of the Yalobusha River below. You’ll also see the remains of a Confederate Fort.
After heavy rain, the steep inclines usually get a little slick and there are some steep staircases so you’ll want to be careful on those. Overall it’s a very well-marked and well-maintained trail.
6. Play a Round at The Dogwoods Golf Course
Between the world-class fishing, great restaurants, and a top-notch golf course, Grenada really makes the perfect destination for a guy’s trip. A couple’s getaway is a great idea too.
The Dogwoods Golf Course is located at the beautiful Hugh White State Park right by Grenada Lake. The course has basically been carved out of the forest so you’ll be in a gorgeous wooded environment the entire time.
This 18-hole par 72 championship public golf course has a well-stocked Pro Shop, driving range, putting green, and a clubhouse with a snack bar.
7. Campout by the Lake
So many activities in Grenada center around the lake and with good reason – it’s absolutely beautiful. What could be more beautiful than waking up to a sunrise on the lake?
Or if you aren’t a morning person, then you can hang out by your tent or camper as you watch a gorgeous sunset over the lake.
Plus if you camp by the lake, you’ll be right there so you can enjoy all the lake activities conveniently.
A few campgrounds you may want to check out are the North Abutment Campground, the Hugh White State Park Campground (by the Spillway), and the Eagle Point Primitive Campground.
Camping is one of the most economical ways to stay in Grenada and you’ll enjoy some of the best views too.
8. Grab a Shake at Spencer’s Dairy Kream
Okay, this is one of the most iconic things to do in Grenada, MS since Spencer’s has been open since the early 50s.
It’s an old fashioned burger joint and ice cream shop so when I walked in, I wasn’t expecting the menu to be so big!
They have tons of options to choose from but I went the traditional route and got a burger with fries. I got the cajun fries and loved the seasoning on them.
Of course, I had to try one of their milkshakes too so I ordered a small and immediately regretted that when I took the first sip. I should have gotten the largest size they had.
I tried their Chocolate Fantasy shake which was chocolate ice cream, hot fudge, and brownies. They have all kinds of unique shake flavors like Sponge Bob which is Twinkie and banana in vanilla ice cream and the Troll which is cotton candy and sprinkles in vanilla ice cream.
They have all the traditional shake flavors as well. If you prefer to eat your ice cream a different way, they’ve got you covered. You can get sundaes, floats, hand-dipped ice cream, winter breezes, coolers, and slides.
The coolers and slides are two different ways to mix a slushee and ice cream.
Whether you come to eat here or not, stopping for ice cream is non-negotiable. It’s popular with kids and adults alike because they have a great playground behind the restaurant and cute photo opps.
After a day spent out at the lake, there’s not much better than cooling off with a sweet treat.
9. Try One of the Other Grenada Restaurants
Spencers isn’t the only amazing restaurant in Grenada. I had some really great meals while visiting!
JuJu’s Market is great for fresh salads, sandwiches, and rotating daily specials like hamburger steak, chicken & dumplings, and meatloaf.
Molly’s Place is a great dinner spot in Grenada with a great drink menu and large portions.
For breakfast or lunch, try Square Market where they have a huge coffee menu. Another good coffee shop option is Delta Bean where you’ll find the most delicious pastries.
Don’t miss Carmella’s Ristorante for delicious Italian food and Orlean’s Bistro for Cajun and Creole dishes. I tried one of the daily specials from Orlean’s (pictured above) but their gumbo came highly recommended.
If you’re in search of a good steak then you’ll want to go to The Kennel Club.
10. Attend a Local Event
Grenada hosts many unique events throughout the year and you can find out about most of them by following the Grenada Downtown Facebook Page.
A popular event for those who like live music is Pickin’ at the Square which is where local musicians get together and play at Square Market. This is a weekly event held every Tuesday.
Their Farmers Market is held late May through August on Saturdays in the downtown square. The Lee Tartt Nature Preserve also hosts many events throughout the year so keep an eye on their events page.
This past Christmas they did a 30 Nights of Lights Christmas event with a special kick off weekend.
There’s something going on throughout the year so check if something is happening while you’ll be in town!
What is Grenada, MS Known For?
Grenada is most well-known for crappie fishing on Grenada Lake which brings in people from all over the country. The lake is home to trophy crappie weighing 3 – 4 pounds.
Grenada Lake, the Yalobusha River, and Chakchiuma Swamp make this a popular destination for those who love getting out on the water.
Where to Stay in Grenada, MS
There are multiple great places to stay in Grenada no matter what your travel style is.
If you want a great hotel stay, then the Hampton Inn will fit the bill for you. I’m a Hilton Honors member and Hampton Inns are my go-to hotel when I travel personally. Rooms are spacious and clean, and the staff is incredibly nice.
There are also a few short-term rental options in downtown Grenada. One is Lofts on the Square which, like the name suggests, is right on the square in downtown Grenada.
There are four different rooms that are uniquely decorated with a shared kitchen area and balcony. It’s perfect for couples or a girl’s getaway.
If you have a larger group, then there is another option is the Post Masters Quarters. This beautiful property has 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and can sleep 7 people.
The building was originally a post office built in 1914. The current owners have done a wonderful job of highlighting the history of the building while providing modern conveniences.
I’ve already mentioned camping as an option and if you plan on fishing with a guide then staying with Grenada Lake Charters is a great idea.
Wrap Up: Fun Things to Do in Grenada, MS
If you’re outdoorsy and love being out on the water then do yourself a favor and plan on visiting Grenada. Especially if you love to fish!
There’s more than meets the eye in this little Mississippi town and there are plenty of fun things to do in Grenada, MS to keep you busy for a few days.
Don’t miss out on this hidden gem in Mississippi.