The combination of history and nature can hurt – be aware of park rules and your surroundings.
For your personal safety:
♦ Whether driving or riding a car/motorcycle/bicycle, obey all speed limits, one-way signs, and helmet laws.
♦ Climbing or sitting on monuments/cannon is strictly prohibited - resist that Kodak moment. A misstep or fall can cause serious injury/damage to something that is irreplaceable, including you or your children.
♦ Prevent children from looking down cannon muzzles – resident nesting bees and wasps do not take kindly to the invasion!
♦ Stay on sidewalks, pathways, and roads, where possible, but even so, watch your step. The park is home to at least 3 types of poisonous snakes.
♦ Fire ants are social only in their own colonies. Bites are painful - stay alert and avoid stepping on ant hills.
♦ Your best defense against mosquitoes and ticks is prevention. Avoid tall-grass areas, use mosquito repellent, and don’t walk in the early morning or at dusk. West Nile Virus has been reported in Mississippi, so know the symptoms and let your doctor know if they occur.
♦ Summer sun shines brightly in Mississippi. Protect yourself - wear hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
♦ Carry plenty of water and drink frequently. Stretch your muscles properly prior to exercising in the heat. Know your landscape - Vicksburg’s defenses were purposely constructed on a natural ridgeline high around the city, and the route along the lines encompasses hills that challenge even the most seasoned walkers and joggers.
♦ Please stay behind the white line marking the walking lane on the road. The park’s main feature is its driving tour; conflicts between walkers and cars usually favor the vehicle.