Foxworth, Mississippi: Grand Canyon of Mississippi

Unlike its more famous namesake, Mississippi's Grand Canyon gets larger with every rainstorm. It's already taken out the nearest road.

Red Bluff Park

Address:
Hwy 587, Foxworth, MS
Directions:
Red Bluff Park. Entrance is on the east side of Hwy 587, ten miles north of US Hwy 98 at Columbia, or 20 miles south of US Hwy 84 at Monticello. Park at the barricade that blocks the road. If you choose to walk to the edge, you do so at your own risk; the road is collapsing.
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The Grand Canyon of Mississippi.

The Grand Canyon of Mississippi

The canyon is not visible from Hwy 587. When traveling on Hwy 587 north from the intersection of 587 and 586, you first must pass Morgan town, then take a sharp right to stay on 587. Drive another three, four miles and you'll see the first closed road to the right. Drive past it and take the next right. There are no landmarks; you are in the middle of nowhere! Drive to the end of the road where you will find another "Road Closed" sign.

You have to be brave and maybe a little foolish to get out and walk past the barricade on what appears to be an old highway that is collapsing. But you will see the canyon.

[Angie, 08/06/2014]

Grand Canyon of Mississippi.

Grand Canyon of Mississippi

Go past the barrier for the best view.

[Jared, 11/13/2012]

That's exactly what Chuck Yeager told us.

Grand Canyon of Mississippi.

Grand Canyon of Mississippi

It's the Grand Canyon of Mississippi.

[Globug, 11/05/2012]

AKA "Mississippi's Little Grand Canyon" AKA Red Bluff is a chasm of naturally eroded red clay and sand that continues to advance and undermine the adjacent highway, which has been moved a couple of times.

Road undermining by the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon of Mississippi

Very interesting site, and well worth the drive, but don't try to use "Newsom" as the town if you're using a GPS. My Garmin, with maps updated a few months ago had no record of such a place. When you're there, the nearest address is "Foxworth."

Head north on MS-587 from US-98 and go about 10 miles. Pay attention because 587 makes a right turn at one point.

[Jason Hoffman, 03/22/2011]

Grand Canyon of Mississippi.

Grand Canyon of Mississippi

Red Bluff is called "The Grand Canyon of Mississippi". This natural canyon is formed by the erosion of millions of years accumulation of river and airborne dirt. It is over 150 feet deep, 1/2 mile wide and nearly a mile long. It gets larger with every rainstorm. The most striking feature of this wonder is the huge variety of colors in the soils. The large trees at the bottom did not grow there but slid downslope as the canyon walls eroded.

The state had to relocate MS Hwy. 587 several times, finally moving the road about 1/4 of a mile back. The original road is now closed to through traffic and is used at both ends for parking. Red Bluff Park is clearly marked. A short walk from the parking area brings you to the precipice. Rugged trails wind down to the bottom on both the north and south ends of the canyon. Some people climb the cliffs and carve their initials in the soft cliff face.

[Tophat Arte, 06/26/2008]

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