The Noxubee Wildlife Refuge in Starkville, Mississippi
The Noxubee Wildlife Refuge ( http://www.fws.gov/noxubee/ ) near Starkville, Mississippi is a beautiful collection of trails, roads and bodies of water, There are places for fishing, hiking, biking, boating and picnicking.
A lot of the students from Mississippi State University go there to get a peaceful escape from college life. The first time I went there I spent the whole day exploring the trails and meandering boardwalks. I was interested in mycology at the time and there were a vast array of mushrooms and other fungi along the trails. I even found an old Volkswagen beetle that looked like it had been there since the sixty's in the woods.
There is a boardwalk trail that leads out to a gazebo on a lake and the trees seen from there were full of flocks and flocks of white birds and I even saw an alligator down in the water. I didn't even realize I had missed class until the sun started to go down because I was so captivated by the sheer beauty of the place.
On my way out I saw a few groups of deer along road leading back to Starkville. If you go at the right time you can see huge flocks of birds as well as deer alligators and turkeys! I saw a group of about 30 deer in the middle of the day grazing in a field that is overlooked by another gazebo. This place has a photography competition each year for a reason!