10 Things to Do in Tallulah That You Shouldn't Miss

March 29, 2018 Diedre Savory

Tallulah is a small city in and the parish seat of Madison Parish in northeastern Louisiana, United States. The 2010 population was 7,335, a decrease of 1,854, or 20.2 percent, from the 9,189 tabulation at the 2000 census. The city is nearly 77 percent African American. Tallulah is the principal city of the Tallulah Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Madison Parish. The Madison Parish Sheriff's office operates the Steve Hoyle Rehabilitation Center in Tallulah.
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1. Southern Heritage Air Foundation

179 Vtr Airport Rd, Vicksburg-Tallulah Regional Airport (KTVR), Tallulah, LA 71282-5920 +1 318-574-2731
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Southern Heritage Air Foundation

Reviewed By Pamela P

Think you're driving into someone's corn field? Follow your GPS; keep going to the best WWII museum ever. Rooms and rooms of photos, uniforms, letters, and newspaper articles about WWII heroes, and the best part, restored WWII airplanes. You can even schedule rides. The staff is friendly and full of names/dates/places related to each piece of history in their collection. Allow 2-3 hours (time which passes quickly) for your visit. Thanks, Patty and Beth, for a highlight on our time in Vicksburg!

If you're interested in aviation and/or WWII memorabilia, or just history, don't miss this!!

2. Grant's canal

Levee Rd, Delta, LA
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Grant's canal

Reviewed By Anthony P - Charleston, South Carolina

Before attacking the well fortified Vicksburg, Grant tried a work around. He attempted to build a ditch on the other side of Vicksburg using African American and soldier labor. The attempt was a dismal failure. Union troops tried digging ditches in mosquito infested bogs during the middle of summer, while wearing their nice woolen clothes. They did not fare well. Eventually, the dam broke that held back the water on the canal and flooded the entire area, an area that was very wealthy and by all accounts beautiful. The canal and a few historical markers remain. As far as i know they are some of the few markers that let the public know of the contributions of not only the newly freed laboring slaves, but also the African American Union Troops who fought in the area in a few different engagements.

This is one of those sites that is completely overshadowed by the Vicksburg battlefield, but it is one of those little areas that offers a glimpse of history not previously shared. Definitely worth a quick visit.

3. Vicksburg National Military Park

3201 Clay St, Vicksburg, MS 39183-3495 +1 601-636-0583
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Vicksburg National Military Park

1800 acres of now peaceful countryside, this park was once the scene of a bloody 47-day Civil War battle.

Reviewed By GlassInMS - Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Spent about 3 hours touring the Vicksburg Military Park, and could probably have used another hour or two to do it right. Part of the loop drive through the park was closed, which meant we had to double back to pick up one whole section -- and the delay meant we had to miss the Cairo Museum. Plan to spend most of a day at the Park, if you want to see the complete layout of the Union and Confederate lines during the 47 day siege of Vicksburg.

As a whole, the park is a sobering experience, as it displays how intense the fighting was and how close together the battle lines were during the siege. Be sure to watch the film in the welcome center before beginning the tour, and also ask the Park staff if any of the route is closed.

4. Vicksburg National Cemetery

Vicksburg, MS +1 601-636-0583
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4.5 based on 306 reviews

Vicksburg National Cemetery

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1865 as a military burial ground, the 116-acre cemetery is the final resting place of more than 17,000 Union Soldiers.

Reviewed By Barbara W - Thedford, Nebraska

14 miles of drive through this beautiful park, the 15 dollar fee was worth it however several miles of the route was closed and the directions given att the welcome center were vague and confusing, we missed a few miles due to that, I would go again when we could go to the huge cemetery and see the different beautiful head stones.

5. Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge

Quebec Road, Tallulah, LA 71282 +1 318-574-2664
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Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge

Reviewed By Clubess1 - Lido Beach, New York

Spent a chilly, early-spring afternoon here, a short drive west of Tallulah, and an hour east of Monroe, in northeastern Louisiana. Hiking trails throughout the 80,000 acre refuge, are both natural and on boardwalks, are easily navigated and fairly well maintained, and there are a good places to stop, view wildlife (heron, songbirds, ducks, wild Turkey, deer, possum, raccoon, black bear), and feel far removed from civilization amongst hardwood trees, ponds, bayous, Spanish moss, saw palmetto, and even errant bamboo. Park Ranger, Jean Mikeal enthusiastically reaches out to local schools to encourage student trips and involvement in on-site programs. Hunting is by permit each winter. There are put-in areas and docks for boaters, as well as a visitor center. Wander by, wander in, and wander through this extensive park and appreciate all that it has to offer for yourself and generations to come.

6. Old Courthouse

Vicksburg, MS +1 601-636-0741
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Old Courthouse

Reviewed By sunni014 - Kilgore, Texas

Such an awesome building and grounds, very well maintained. It was so impressive to step into a building where you just feel the power of the courts from so long ago. There are various pictures on the walls, artifacts scattered about and stories of trials that were conducted there. A very interesting place to visit.

7. Jesse Brent Lower Mississippi River Museum and Interpretive Center

910 Washington St, Vicksburg, MS 39183-2562 +1 601-638-9900
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Jesse Brent Lower Mississippi River Museum and Interpretive Center

Reviewed By Dave_in_Reno - Reno NV

If you like museum boats, the Lower Mississippi River Museum is the place to go. The M/V Mississippi IV has been moved ashore and is open for tours.

Unlike most museum boats, virtually 100% of this boat is accessible during your visit. Among other activities, the boat was used for community outreach along the Mississippi and features a larger meeting area in the center of the boat.

8. Vicksburg Riverfront Murals

Washington Street, Vicksburg, MS
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Vicksburg Riverfront Murals

Reviewed By Kurt R - DeKalb, Illinois

This art work is quite good. The paintings are on the river flood wall over about a block or two area. Worth seeing when you are in town.

9. Vicksburg National Monument

Vicksburg, MS
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Vicksburg National Monument

Rent an audio tape and it will guide you through the parks interesting sites.

Reviewed By ElaineAndGreg - Chesterland, Ohio

Vicksburg National Battlefield is much like Gettysburg (whose end occurred coincidentally the same day) in that it is covered by grand monuments of the various states, in recognition of the consequence of the battle and this place.

The Illinois State Monument is probably the grandest of them, which might explain why this is listed as the "national monument." It's along the parkway through the Vicksburg Battlefield and there is parking right out front, so it is very easy to visit.

Illinois troops served here on behalf of the north, but Illinois was also important because Lincoln (although born in Kentucky) was raised in Illinois and considered its citizen. Ulysses Grant was actually born and raised in Ohio, but he, too moved to Illinois and was appointed to his first senior military posts through that state. You'll see both their names front and center when you enter.

Ironically, this monument is built from stone from Georgia.

Others have mentioned the acoustics, which are indeed very fun. The shape of the monument inside results in a strong "reverb" effect, so talk or sing inside for a neat effect.

Beautiful structure, great historical associations, and a fun effect. You'll want to visit here.

10. The Old Depot Museum

1010 Levee St, Vicksburg, MS 39183-2569 +1 601-638-6500
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The Old Depot Museum

Reviewed By AnnTRockHill_SC - Rock Hill, SC

Great museum for people who love railroad or ship models. Some very talented people created a wide range of ships and boats from US history. We especially enjoyed the diorama of the Vicksburg battlefield. Having just ridden the entire tour, this diorama showed us how it was all set up during battle. It would be great if the diorama could have been at Vicksburg Military Park visitors' center - helped so much to understand how all the battle lines were set up and how terrain looked during battle - unlike today with so many trees, etc.

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