the magnolia state
If you’ve ever visited this southern state in the springtime, you know that Mississippi’s nickname does not disappoint. Gorgeous magnolia blooms can be seen all over the state, and you can smell these fragrant flowers by just stepping outside. Mississippi hikers can spot the thousands of different species of wildflowers on a hike through DeSoto National Forest or Tishomingo State Park. With 60 percent of the state being covered in forest, the natural beauty and biodiversity of Mississippi is hard to beat.