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While Leake County is minutes away from the amenities of Metro-Jackson to the southwest and Meridian to the southeast and several college towns, plenty of exciting opportunities await the immediate Leake County area.

The Pearl River Resort at Choctaw, Mississippi, located just twenty miles east of Carthage consists of 175,000 sq. ft of Las Vegas-style gaming in two exciting casinos, two beautiful hotels - the Silver Star Hotel and the Golden Moon Hotel – with over one thousand (1000) luxurious rooms & suites. Whether you prefer an upscale dining experience or a more casual atmosphere, Pearl River Resort offers you dozens of delectable dining opportunities.  All the resort amenities are here, from spa and fitness facilities to shopping, headliner entertainment, and the countless dining choices.  www.pearlriverresort.com

Carved into the ancient homeland of the Choctaws, Dancing Rabbit Golf Club offers two engaging courses for the most discriminating golfer. 

Together, The Azaleas and The Oaks claim more than 14,000 breath-taking yards on 700 acres of rolling hills and woodlands. Legendary designers Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate designed these par seventy-two (72) courses to delight as well as frustrate.    www.dancingrabbitgolf.com


Geyser Falls Water Theme Park brings everything but the ocean itself to Pearl River Resort. This beautifully landscaped 15-acre family amusement center features, 12 major waterslides, an enormous wave pool, a lazy river and activity areas for children and teens adorned by waterfalls and crystal clear swimming pools. The features include 12 cabanas for daily rental, a retail shop, snack bar and an outdoor stage for entertainment.  Plus, Clearwater Key, Mississippi's best white sand beach!     www.geyserfalls.com 


Clearwater Key is your beach away from the beach.  Eight acres of glistening water and white sand beaches invite the entire family to stretch out, relax and Play the Day Away.  The beach accommodates more than 2,500 guests and is one of the most beautiful man-made white sand beaches in the world. Come enjoy all the Key has to offer from cabanas and float rentals to a relaxing soak in the Rainbow Springs Hot Pool. Clearwater Key is an exciting amenity to Geyser Falls Water Theme Park at Pearl River Resort and provides you with plenty of room to stretch out and play the day away in an authentic beach setting. 

The Leake County Country Club has a nine-hole golf course, club house, restaurant, four tennis courts and a pool.  The base monthly membership cost and optional restaurant charge is reasonable.

The City of Carthage Summer Recreation Program has  about 1,000 young people involved from throughout the county.  Recreational areas in the city total 65 acres.  Carthage public facilities include two city parks with club houses, two pavilions, four lighted tennis courts, two lighted basketball courts, nine softball and baseball fields, four soccer fields, and two walking trails.  http://www.cityofcarthage.org

The Carthage Coliseum is on a 20 acre site offering year round programs with seating capacity for 3,500 along with 124 full service recreation vehicle hook-ups. 

For further information call the City of Carthage at 601-267-8322, or visit our website at http://www.cityofcarthage.org.

Residents of Leake County can enjoy year-round health and wellness programs at The Health Club, a 10,000 square foot facility built in 2004 in Carthage.  Whatever you're looking for in a health and fitness regimen, you'll find it at THC. The full service health club combines a full range of fitness and exercise equipment and facilities with professional trainers, personally tailored programs, and group health and fitness classes. You can access as many or as few of the organized programs as you choose while still having use of the extensive equipment.    www.thehealthclub.ms

Collegiate and High School Sports are an integral part of our community.  With three high schools in the county, football, basketball, baseball and softball bring excitement throughout the year.  Within just over an hour's drive is Starkville, a college town for more than a century. Mississippi State University boasts an enrollment of more than 15,000 students, 700 faculty members, and an alumni family of over 82,000 MSU serves up exciting SEC (Southeastern Conference) sports action with their championship football, basketball and baseball teams.   Other Division I Schools in Mississippi are the University of Mississippi (SEC) and the University of Southern Mississippi (Conference USA) which are both just a few hours away.

Outdoor Recreation including hunting for quail, dove, duck, squirrel, deer and turkey is found within the immediate area.  Fishing for bream, bass, catfish, and crappie is excellent in lakes, rivers, and the Ross Barnett Reservoir.   The Pearl River flows through Leake County offering boating and fishing.  Fishing and hunting licenses and season information can be found at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks website. www.mdwfp.com

Ross Barnet Reservoir, Low Head Dam, Leake County Water Park, and Coal Bluff Park at the upper mouth of the Reservoir on the Pearl River offer wide variety of outdoor facilities and opportunities for recreation.   Golden Memorial east of Walnut Grove on Highway 492 is the only state park in the county.


The Natchez Trace Parkway, one of only two national parkways in the country, runs the length of the Ross Barnett Reservoir’s north shore.   Part of the National Park System, this two lane road closely follows the course of the original Trace, a 440-mile Indian trail stretching from Nashville, TN, to Natchez, MS.  Camping, picnic areas, and recreational opportunities abound with scenic beauty in all seasons for the traveler. www.scenictrace.com

The Ross Barnett Reservoir is located on 48,000 acres of land about 25 miles southwest of Carthage.  The reservoir is  33,000 acres of fish-filled waters and has 105 miles of shoreline, public parks on the water, marinas, four campgrounds and boundless opportunities for outdoor adventures -  fishing, sailing, water-skiing, bird watching, camping, and picnicking. Visit www.therez.com for more information.

The Leake County Water Park is located 7 miles south of the Highway 25 and Highway 16 intersection off Mississippi Highway 25.  The Water Park has 42 camp sites with water and electrical hookups and grills, boat launching, open-air pavilion, showers, swimming pool and pool house, restrooms, laundry room, picnicking, on an oxbow lake on Pearl River.  For info, call

601-654-9359 or visit www.therez.ms/Camping/Leakecounty

Low Head Dam Park is located 7 miles south of the intersection of Highway 25 and Highway 16.  The Park has a sandbar beach on Pearl River, a boat dock, 13 camp pads with electricity and water, and restrooms. For information, call 601-654-9359 or visit the http://www.therez.ms .

Coal Bluff Park is about 14 miles south of the Intersection of Highway 16 and 25.  The park has lighted tennis courts, fish pond, playgrounds, swimming pool, volleyball court, 64 camp pads with electricity and grills, primitive camping, restrooms, showers, laundry room, and open air pavilion.  For information, call 601-654-7726 or visit www.therez.ms/Camping/coalbluff.

Golden Memorial State Park is located on Mississippi Highway 492 at the site of the historic Golden School, three miles east of Walnut Grove.  Golden Memorial has many picnic sites with tables and grills, two pavilions with grills and restrooms, nature trail, fishing and boating on a 13-acre lake.  For information call 601-253-2237 or visit www.mdwfp.com/parks-destinations/ms-state-parks/golden-memorial.

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