Warfield Point Off Road Vehicle Park in Greenville, Miss., is a place where Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn would have felt right at home.
Plans for the park began when Walley Morse retired and, in his words, he “ran out of ‘honey dos’ around the house.”
Concerned how Mississippi’s Washington County was spending his tax dollars, he proposed the county develop Warfield Point Off Road Vehicle Park. The board of supervisors wasn't receptive. The big problem? How to pay for it.
Morse, who had never ridden an ATV, learned that grant money was available from the Recreational Trails Fund. The county applied for, and received, a grant and the dream started to take shape.
Morse spent some time exploring the property on foot and discovered small hills, old levees and an old road bed. He called ATVA member Glenn Myers of Alabama, who has a lot of experience laying out trail systems, and asked for help.
Together, Myers and Morse laid out the trails, helping bring the vision to reality. With Warfield Point open, riders are having fun on the trails.
Warfield Point is not a large riding area, but it has all features anyone would want in a good family facility.
Its 45 acres have heavily wooded trails with a natural canopy that provides that deep-in-the-woods feel and an abundance of cooling shade.
Camping is plentiful, with 59 RV sites and seven tent sites. There are restrooms with hot water and showers.
The children’s playground has swings, a slide and a merry-go-round.
Camping costs $25, or $20 with a senior discount. Tent camping is $10. Riding fees for dirtbikes and ATVs are $10 per vehicle for an all-day pass and $5 after 3 p.m. It's open every day from 8 a.m. to dusk.
Helmets are required for all riders, but if you forget your helmet you can rent one for $3. Riding double is not permitted.
A large, gravel parking area is handy for day use and provides easy access to the multi-use trails. Single-track trails for dirtbikes only are currently under construction.
The “Kids Zone” is set aside specifically for younger riders and provides them with hours of riding fun in their own little area while parents can sit in the shade and supervise.
An outdoor classroom will be used for ATV safety classes and many other activities.
A short walk provides access to a 35-foot-high observation tower on the banks of the Mississippi River. The tower is the perfect place to enjoy some great sunset views.
The area also has a separate walking trail that is a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. It leads to an observation platform next to the tower.
The town of Greenville, Mississippi, is only three miles away with a population of about 40,000. There are plenty of motels, restaurants, groceries, shopping and ATV dealers.
Greenville is on the western border of Mississippi. Warfield Point is just north of the Highway 82/454 bridge, on Levee Road. You are close by when you see the power plant smoke stack.
For more information call (662) 662-0488, or go to www.warfieldpointpark.com.