Make a trip to Red Bluff

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Just north of Columbia in Mississippi is an unofficial tourist attraction that gets little publicity. It’s called Red Bluff.

The landmark is actually just a part of the state where some major erosion has caused the relocation of Mississippi Highway 587 at least twice.

It’s unclear how long this erosion has been a thorn in the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s side, but it’s clear it was easier to just move the road rather than try to fill in the areas of erosion to keep it where it was.

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Bits of asphalt line the bottom of the ravine where the road fell away. And along the steep drop offs, red clay and soil of varying hues make for a picturesque view. In the distance you can see lots of trees and a couple of water towers.

Locally known as the Grand Canyon of Mississippi, it’s not quite as impressive as the real Grand Canyon, which I recall seeing a young child, but it’s pretty unique for being so far south.

Most of Pearl River County is quite flat. So taking a trip up north to see the Red Bluff provides a peek into what it would be like to live in an area where the land is hilly.  The best part is this landmark is very close to Picayune. It takes less than an hour and a half to get there. Just head north towards Columbia, and then set your GPS for Red Bluff, Mississippi.

It’s not a trip for those who are afraid of heights. To see the full effect, you will have to navigate a narrow road along a very steep drop off.

But if you can put your fear of heights aside, you will be treated to a unique view not far from home.