Natchez is more than just antebellum mansions and a bluff-top river view. Easy launch into the big river at the “Under the Hill” neighborhood’s well-kept landing. Take “the chute” into Old River, an oxbow lake. Or call local paddling guide, Lena Yarborough, for a tour through the old-growth cypress swamp of St. Catherine Creek Refuge. Find après river microbrews Under the Hill at The Camp. –David Hanson
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