A new recreational attraction in South Mississippi had its ribbon cutting Friday.
ATV riding is a growing recreational trend around the country, and Maynor Creek Water Park in Wayne County is taking part in that trend. Swampy Hollow ATV Trails is now open.
“You know the same day you go bike you can play in the lake, sking or fishing just multiple things you can do during the day to have a good time,” said Russell Ryals, owner of Swampy Hollow ATV Trails.
Right now riders must bring their own bikes to ride on the seven-mile trail, but eventually rentals will be available.
“You can get really muddy here and we’re building some mud pits that you can get in and play in and we’ll have a race track there that we’ll do rally racing once a month,” Ryals said. “City Officials say the new trials not only bring new recreational fun but also enhance the local economy.”
Joseph Dunlap, director of Economic Development in Wayne Co., said, “We hope for is to see sales taxes boosted in the area economic growth develop with this. Anytime we can attract visitors it benefits the bottom line.”
Officials say the trails make Wayne county one of the most unique places in the state.
“We’re close to Alabama, also close to the coast we’re hoping to pull people from out the south Eastern United States,” Dunlap said. “It’s isolated and close to the communities here, there’s shopping and there’s other opportunities for people to go out and enjoy themselves.”
The trails will be open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Swampy Hollow ATV Trails will have its grand opening and crawfish festival on May 6-8. Visit its Facebook page for details on upcoming events.