Something for Everyone Around Every Corner and Over Every Hill
From tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools to hiking, hunting and fishing, there’s no shortage of recreational activities and venues available to residents and visitors in Oxford and Lafayette County.
Oxford is home to a multi-screen cinema, a skating rink, fitness clubs, a skate park, numerous public parks, tennis courts and baseball, softball and soccer fields. Basketball and flag football programs are also among dozens of activities coordinated by the Oxford Park Commission. The University of Mississippi and two local high schools host a variety of athletic programs and spectator events as well.
Lafayette County affords access to two lakes and various waterways suitable for a myriad of activities, including fishing, swimming, boating, windsurfing and canoeing. Picnic and camping areas are also available, while hunting is allowed on private land.
The community features state-of-the-art playgrounds sprinkled throughout the area with abundant and exciting options for children of all ages.
In 2008, years of planning came to fruition with opening of FNC Park, home of Oxford-Lafayette Fields. For years the City of Oxford and Lafayette County had planned to build an athletic facility that would meet the needs for the youth of the city and county. With a great sense of pride and cooperation, FNC Park is now open and features:
• Ample parking for over 950 cars
• Five regulation size soccer fields (240’ x 360’). All fields are lit and have sprinkler systems
• Eight baseball fields ranging in size from 200’-280’ and three 315’ softball fields, all fully equipped with lights, sub-surface drainage and sprinkler systems
• Four concession buildings conveniently located for easy access
• Trailhead Pavilion providing shade and seating leads to walking trails surrounding the park and adjacent wooded area
• State-of-the-art BMX (bicycle motocross) track
This major new development is projected to be one of the premier soccer, baseball and softball facilities in Mississippi. FNC Park will feature over 75 acres of state-of-the-art soccer, baseball and softball fields to handle city, county and tournament participants.
In 2002, the City of Oxford began the Community Pathways Project with the formulation of a basic bicycle path plan for the community. The goal of the Pathways project is to diversify and increase transportation and recreation opportunities in Oxford by creating an interconnected grid of bike lanes, pedestrian sidewalks and multi-use paths. Phase I of the project has been completed and is open for the public to enjoy. For a new map from the City that features local points of interest, road bike routes, mountain bike trails, bike lanes and traffic information, go to the City’s website, www.oxfordms.net, and click on the bike and pedestrian map.
In addition to this new pathway, the League of American Bicyclists has designated Oxford a “Bicycle Friendly Community” at the Bronze level.
Major Outdoor Activities
Local Golf Courses:
The Country Club of Oxford — 662-232-8663
The Links at Oxford — 662-234-4875
The University of Mississippi Golf Club — 662-234-4816
Area Golf Courses:
Kirkwood National Golf Course — 662-252-4888
Mallard Pointe Golf Course — 662-487-2400
Surrounding Area Campgrounds:
Sardis Lake — 662-563-4531
Holly Springs National Forest — 662-236-6550
Puskus Lake — 662-236-6550
Nearby Mississippi State Parks:
John W. Kyle State Park — 662-487-1345
Wall Doxey State Park — 662-487-1345
Tennis courts are available to the public and are located in Oxford and the Ole Miss campus.
Avent Park, Park Drive
Bailey Branch Park at FNC, Office Park Drive
Dizzy Dean Park, Bramlett Blvd.
FNC Park — 662-801-0624
Old Sardis Road (Hwy 314)
Hank Aaron Triplex, Price Street
The John Leslie Tennis Complex, Price Street
Oxford Activity Center — 662-232-2379
Price Street & Molly Barr Road
Oxford Swimming Pool — 662-232-2386
Oxford Park Commission
Administrative Offices — 662-232-2380 — South 15th Street
Oxford Skate Park, Bramlett Boulevard
Patricia C. Lamar Park, Old Sardis & Country Club Roads
Price Hill Park, Price Hill Road
Soccer/Softball Complex, McElroy Drive
Stone Center & Park — 662-232-2384
423 Washington Avenue
Hunting, fishing, hiking and boating:
At nearby Sardis Reservoir and Holly Springs National Forest.