LEGION STATE PARK

Legion State Park is full of history and natural beauty and is vital to our communities of Louisville
and Winston County, Ms. Like many state recreational areas, Legion needs your help and support to survive budget cutbacks and financial uncertainty.

Support the Park by simply enjoying it. Buy an annual park permit (can be used as entry to any State Park in Miss). Bring the family to fish, hike, picnic, camp and RV or enjoy the Park's selections of cabins and historic lodge.

On its website, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks promotes the park in complimentary terms. “The fourth of the original state parks developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Legion State Park remains as unspoiled today as when the Choctaw Indian Nation first inhabited the area centuries ago. Hidden in the red hill country of Mississippi, Legion State Park strikes the perfect balance of natural beauty and modern comfort, with all man-made structures in the park designed to complement the pristine beauty of the area. Of particular interest is Legion Lodge, a hand-hewn log structure that has remained unaltered since its construction in the 1930s.”

The park’s rustic lodge sitting atop a beautiful hilltop (shown above) was Winston County’s most popular spot for dances, socials and many community events during the 1940s – especially during World War II. Again citing MDWF&P’s website: “The original stone lodge constructed in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) is still in use. An impressive structure of hand-hewn logs and an excellent example of rustic architecture, Legion Lodge is the oldest permanent facility in the state park system and has been designated a Mississippi Landmark by the Department of Archives and History.”

Visitors to Legion State Park will find numerous covered picnic tables with permanent barbeque grills, a campground for RVs, a tent campground, rustic log cabins available for rent, a lodge with a large meeting room that is also suitable for family reunions or wedding receptions and the like, an open-air chapel for religious retreats or weddings, two lakes stocked for fishing, a playground and a one-mile nature trail that surrounds the larger of the two lakes. The park is located inside the city limits of Louisville on North Columbus Avenue and is a short, 30 minute drive from Starkville and Mississippi State University. For more information visit https://www.mdwfp.com/parks-destinations/ms-state-parks/legion.aspx or contact the park directly at 662-773-8323.

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