Right outside Flora, Mississippi sits the Mississippi Petrified Forest.
This privately-owned site is open to the public for visits and tours. The area is millions and millions of years old.
Around 36 million years ago, fir and maple logs washed down the river channel and landed on the site that is now called Mississippi Petrified Forest. This site holds the distinction of being the only petrified forest in Eastern America and was deemed a National Natural Landmark in 1965.
This amazing forest features petrified wood that sits like works of modern art, dotted with wildflowers and honeysuckle whose scent permeates the air. This peaceful and tranquil spot is a relaxing place to visit. Stroll through the walking path under the canopy of trees while birds sing a gentle and soothing song at this fantastic natural wonder. Along with walking and enjoying the amazing beauty of this natural occurrence, there is also an on-site museum that features samples of petrified woods found both all over the United States as well as all over the world. Fossils and casts are on display including turtle shells, dinosaur footprints, and even whale bones.
Head down South for one of the most amazing natural works of art available in the eastern United States. Take a stroll through the tranquil forest as you view the petrified wood and the botanical beauty that has grown around it.