The town of Rolling Fork offers historic sites, great food, shopping, and its famous chainsaw-carved bear statues. Only a short trip from Jackson, Vicksburg, or Greenville, come to Rolling Fork to explore its streets and take in its culture.
Rolling Fork, a small community in Mississippi’s south delta, welcomes visitors to explore its streets and take in its culture. While accommodations are limited in the Rolling Fork area, it’s an easy day trip from Greenville, Jackson, Vicksburg or even more distant communities in Mississippi. Rolling Fork is approximately a 40 minute drive from Leland or Vicksburg and 1 ½ hours from Jackson. Visit www.thecityofrollingfork.com for more information.
A Day-Trip Itinerary
Arrive at Mont Helena for a tour and refreshments (must be arranged in advance)
Mont Helena – a post-bellum mansion built atop a ceremonial Indian mound will set the stage for a wonderful day trip for your group to Rolling Fork. Hear the story of love lost and found at Mont Helena. Reservations required.
Arrive at Rolling Fork Visitor Center and Museum
Tour the historic exhibits of Rolling Fork and Sharkey County.
Tour the streets of Rolling Fork
On this tour of the town you will be treated to a view of our chainsaw carved bears. Each year during the Great Delta Bear Affair festival, a chainsaw artist creates a 12 foot bear for the Rolling Fork community. These awesome public works of art are scattered around the town. Other sites include the 1902 county courthouse, Muddy Water’s Blues cabin and Blues Trail Marker.
Lunch at Farmers Grocery in Grace
Farmers Grocery in Grace serves a buffet lunch or you can order off the menu. On your drive to and from Grace view Delta fields planted with corn, soybeans and cotton (seasonal).
Tour of Nitta Yuma
If you have time, when you arrange for a tour of Mont Helena, ask to tour Nitta Yuma also. This community north of Rolling Fork contains several interesting historic structures.
Shopping in Rolling Fork
Take time to visit our gift shops – The Green Apple, The Shoppe and Deep Delta Drugs for a souvenir from the Delta. Lee Washington Cotton Picker Art on Walnut Street is run by Lee Washington, a member of the Mississippi Craftsmen Guild. Lee creates miniature sculptures from cotton picker spindles, a true Delta craft.
Enjoy a snack or dinner at the Onward Store on Highway 61
This 100 year old country store offers a nice dinner Thursday – Saturday; lunches and short order daily. Since the store is near the location of President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous 1902 bear hunt in Sharkey County, it contains a great deal of memorabilia from that hunt and others. www.theonwardstore.com