Plymouth Bluff Center


Plymouth Bluff Center
2200 Old West Point Rd.
Columbus, MS 39701
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Good place for walking. Great trails. Nature center with museum. FREE! The setting for the Plymouth Bluff Center offers a river, a pond, woodlands, a cypress slough, nature trails, an outdoor teaching facility, and outdoor laboratories. Plymouth Bluff is a well-known Cretaceous fossil bed composed of marine sediments deposited when the area was part of a vast inland sea. Since the bluff contains an abundance of fossilized animal remains, including mollusk shells and shark teeth, it represents an excellent laboratory for geology and paleontology. The Plymouth Bluff area has a large population of deer and is home to wild turkeys, raccoons, beavers, rabbits, squirrels, armadillos, and occasional foxes and coyotes. Wood ducks are common, as well as Canadian geese that are on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. The area also contains a number of interesting plant species and communities, including some very large specimens of post oak and osage orange. Nearly four miles of nature trails provide additional opportunities to observe nature and enjoy some impressive scenery along the river bluff. Some of the trails have an asphalt surface for use by physically challenged visitors. Plymouth Bluff has acquired an outdoor Challenge Course, Math Lab, and Environmental Discovery Lab. The LaTerre Outdoor Learning Systems are a series of structures designed to utilize the outdoors as a classroom.