Start Your Trek: 7 Best Hiking Retailers in Mississippi

Start Your Trek: 7 Best Hiking Retailers in Mississippi

Whether you’re a seasoned outdoor adventurer or a novice hiker in Mississippi, you’ll be glad to find a store that caters directly to hikers’ needs. Most hiking retailers carry all the specialty items you just can’t find in mass merchandise stores. Plus, you usually get the added benefit of personalized service and expertise that you can put to work on your next journey. Before you hit the trails, head to one of these seven best hiking retailers in Mississippi. 

1. Sacks Outdoors, Hattiesburg, MS

This charming downtown hiking shop will make you feel right at home as you shop some of the best brands the trails have ever seen. In business for over 60 years, the folks here are truly dedicated to hikers’ needs, and know the area well so you can cash in on their experience to make the most of your trip. Choose from top brands like Chaco footwear, Patagonia, and KAVU, among other top quality names.

Buy any Patagonia backpack and get 50% off any trucker hat! More colors and styles are on the way!

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2. Buffalo Peak Outfitters, Jackson, MS

Dedicated to helping their communities get outside, Buffalo Peak practices what they preach. When you enter their store, you can be assured you’re dealing with fellow hikers who are just as passionate about the trails as you are. They carry popular names in hiking like KEEN, the North Face, and CamelBak, to name a few.

3. Cozy Outfitters, Flowood, MS

Whether it’s zero degrees, a hundred degrees, or somewhere in between, Cozy Outfitters has you covered with high-quality apparel and gear for your next hiking trip. They can help you outfit from head to toe to ensure you’re never too hot or cold on the trails. Plus, you can count on only the best names in outdoors, including Gerber knives, Columbia clothing, and Streamlight flashlights.

4. Paxton Peak Olde Towne Outfitters, Clinton, MS

This place is everything a hiking store should be, right down to its cheerful exterior and friendly service. Dedicated to all things hiking and backpacking, the folks here know what area hikers need and have assembled an extensive collection of clothing, bags, and gear to make every day on the trails a successful one. The staff here are also charmed by the great outdoors and spend much of their own time hiking and exploring. They’ll help you find the best brands at good prices, including their lines of Black Diamond, Southern Marsh, and Mountain Hardwear.

Mountain Hardwear 50L Outdry (Waterproof) Backpack / $230.00 / Azul Blue Did you know we carry a waterproof backpack that is *perfect* for hiking through the rain & snow with ZERO worries about your gear getting wet?? Well.. we do! 😉 Trekking backpack, with an ergonomic design for continuous comfort. When you’re moving fast and trying to keep things light, The Ozonic™ 50 is ready to handle the most heinous conditions with a three-layer rainroom tested main compartment constructed with OutDry™ waterproofing technology for protecting against the elements. Wicking air mesh shoulder straps and a vented back panel promote air circulation, and a softly rounded hip belt with an offset buckle allows for a supportive, snug fit. Optimally placed stretch and zipper pockets allow for easy access to the essentials so you can keep on going. #mountainhardwear #ozonic #outdry #waterproof #snowproof #finditatpaxtonpeak #shopsmall #shoplocal #306jeffersonstreet #getoutside #backpacking

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5. Academy Sports + Outdoors, D’Iberville, MS

With multiple stores throughout Mississippi, you’re likely to find all the basic gear and apparel you need for your next trail adventure. Their national brand and widespread network means you can count on popular brands like the North Face, Yeti, and Magellan to complete your adventure.

6. CORE Cycle + Outdoor, Tupelo, MS

Located right in the heart of Tupelo, CORE is the area's favorite outdoor store. Although bicycles are their forte, hence the name, they carry everything from fly fishing essentials to rock climbing equipment. As for hiking gear, they don't fall short in any category. Their range of items and brands is extensive, so be prepared to see many familiar brands while also being introduced to new ones. If the site of all of the outdoor gear is getting you eager for some activity, there's a rock climbing wall right in the store to use at your leisure!

7. 601 Sports, Brookhaven and Vicksburg, MS

At 601 Sports, you’ll find all varieties of footwear, outdoor apparel, hunting gear, and more. For great hiking footwear, you’ll find brands like Merrell and KEEN. For outdoor apparel, find products from Patagonia, Carhartt, and the North Face. 

Alli Hill is a freelance content writer and mom of two. She spends most of her free time exploring the great outdoors by trail or by kayak. She is also the founder and director of FreelanceSpeak, a blog to support other freelance creatives.