#1 STROLL AROUND CHADWICK LAKE
Chadwick Lake is located next to the Joe Frank Sanderson Center on the campus of MSU. For those who wish to be active, there is a one-mile walking trail around the lake that passes by the university’s athletic administration buildings and student recreational facility.
A disc golf course and a small outdoor gym that includes pull-up bars, dip bars, wall-ball targets and other body weight machines are also situated around the lake. The area offers several ways to stay active outdoors. For more info, click here.
#2 VISIT THE VETERANS MEMORIAL ROSE GARDEN
Mississippi State University’s Veterans Memorial Rose Garden is located across State Highway 182 from the main campus at the entrance of R. R. Foil Plant Science Research Center — commonly known as North Farm. The area features a central gazebo surrounded by raised brick-bordered beds and three arbors, perfect for picturesque outdoor views.
#3 ENJOY OUTDOOR DINING
Looking to dine outdoors while socially distancing in Mississippi’s College Town? With local restaurants and chamber businesses taking necessary and helpful COVID-19 precautions, many of our favorite culinary spots have taken dining outdoors or have enhanced their patios to create a wonderful open-air dining experience. View our list of more than 15 Starkville restaurants offering outdoor dining.
#4 SHOP AROUND MAIN STREET AND DOWNTOWN
For those looking to shop, there are men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing stores, boutiques, specialty stores, art and book stores, and so much more in the downtown Starkville area. From the variety of books and magazines at The Book Mart to Reed’s southern clothing, the historic Main Street has it all. Keep in mind that due to COVID-19, stores tend to have different hours!
#5 ENJOY A WALK AROUND THE COTTON DISTRICT
Take a walk through the beautiful Cotton District, which is located in Starkville and adjacent to Mississippi State University. The Community was redeveloped by the D. Camp Family beginning in the 1960s, utilizing what would eventually become known as “New-Urbanism” preservation and development.
The Cotton District has elements of Greek Revival with Classical and Victorian architecture. This award-winning redevelopment is a national model for New-Urbanism and captures the spirit of a New South.