Mississippi’s Scenic Byways

Mississippi scenic byways are important for the state’s local economies as they attract visitors who look for unique ways to experience the state’s naturally beautiful and historically significant attractions. The Mississippi Scenic Byways Program is a grassroots program aimed at focusing attention on the state’s history and intrinsic resources. Identifying and designating highways, roads, and street corridors preserves, enhances, and protects Mississippi’s natural and economic resources for visitors and residents.

Byways Provide Access to Public Lands

Mississippi byways provide access to the state’s most spectacular public lands, including five national wildlife refuges, four national forests, three state parks, Tupelo National Battlefield, and Brices Crossroads National Battlefield.

About the National Scenic Byways Program

The National Scenic Byways Program, established by Congress in 1991, recognizes historic, scenic, and culturally important roads, all of which promote economic development and tourism in communities around the U.S. There are more than 1,200 byways in all 50 states.

All scenic byways exhibit one or more of six core intrinsic qualities — scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archaeological, or natural. For a road to be named a national scenic byway, it must first be designated a state, tribal, or federal agency scenic byway. Once achieving that, a road may apply for national scenic byway designation, but its intrinsic quality must be of regional significance. All-American Roads are the very best of the national scenic byways, demonstrating at least two intrinsic qualities of national significance.