Southaven and Olive Branch, MS

Southaven, Mississippi

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The drive is a straight shot and takes only about fifteen minutes, which puts you smack dab in Southaven, otherwise known as the Top of Mississippi and the former home of author John Grisham. You’ll also be in De Soto County, named for the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, who traveled the area back in 1539. Some other—less famous—county locals are buried in the old Edmonson Cemetery on Stateline Road. A stroll through the grounds reveals the final resting place of Anna Leigh McCorkle, author of Tales of Old Whitehaven. Though there’s not a whole lot to do in this slow southern town, there’s golf to be played here and in neighboring towns. Memphians make the trip to the greens at North Creek in Southaven as well as other popular courses in Olive Branch weekly.
Day Trips from Memphis

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Day Trips from Memphis

by Rebecca Finlayson (The Globe Pequot Press)

The drive is a straight shot and takes only about fifteen minutes, which puts you smack dab in Southaven, otherwise known as the Top of Mississippi and the former home of author John Grisham. You’ll also be in De Soto County, named for the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, who traveled the area back in 1539. Some other—less famous—county locals are buried in the old Edmonson Cemetery on Stateline Road.

A stroll through the grounds reveals the final resting place of Anna Leigh McCorkle, author of Tales of Old Whitehaven. Though there’s not a whole lot to do in this slow southern town, there’s golf to be played here and in neighboring towns. Memphians make the trip to the greens at North Creek in Southaven as well as other popular courses in Olive Branch weekly.

©  Rebecca Finlayson/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Southaven
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Southaven and Olive Branch, MS

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