Indian Bayou runs right through downtown Indianola and is a beautiful walk on a day like today! Warm and sunny! You can park your car in the large lot behind The Crown on Front Street and walk along the Bayou in several directions. A new town park sits next to The Crown (we're open for lunch from 11 to 2:00 and for tea and coffee all day.)
From the parking lot, you can walk left, behind the Front St. stores to Westside Ave, crossing the Bayou along the railroad tracks (but NOT on them please.) The live oaks behind the stores are lovely. Walk a block along Westside to the first street to your right (College St.) walking past and alongside the old Clark home that was moved to this site from Carrollton by rail in the early 1900's. Cross the Bayou at Gilmer Park and go back downtown along Percy Street. The Post Office on your left had the first Black Woman appointed as Post Mistress in the entire US. Minnie Cox's picture is inside.
Walk down Front St. toward the stores, over the Bayou running under Front Street. This crossing replaced a bridge in the early 20th century. Then turn (after shopping and eating of course) left on Main Street. You will glimpse the Bayou behind the buildings and along the parking lot in front of the courthouse. Be sure to notice the dead cypress tree in the Bayou, lined up exactly with the door of the courthouse.
Continue down Main Street, crossing Sunflower Ave. Look right to see the B.B. King Museum on Second Street and be sure to tour it before you leave Indianola. The house on the North East corner of the Bayou on Sunflower Ave. is the family home of Horticulturist Felder Rushing, author and speaker and native of Indianola.
You can walk East on the new sidewalk on the South side of Main Street, or you can walk along the banks of the Bayou itself - my preference! The Cypress trees are beautiful any time of the year, but are magnificent when the autumn turns the needles a beautiful amber color! The Cypress knees are a great curiosity of the species and make a great photo op - especially when the turtles are sunning. You might see some fishermen hoping to catch some catfish
You'll pass Fletcher Park where the B.B. King Homecoming Festival has been held for years with B.B. King in person. The Indianola Cemetery is on the right with graves from the turn of the century. The Bayou goes under Hwy 49 at the end of Main Street. You can cross the Hwy. and continue walking or save that portion for a drive. I always turn around and walk back down Main Street into downtown again. Maybe this will be the perfect time to go into the Museum, get a bite to eat or drink at the Blue Biscuit or Betty's Place or The Gin Mill Gallery or Catfish Cafe or at The Crown in Downtown....a piece of my Southern Praline Pie would be mighty good!
The Bayou is a great walk and Indianola is central to everywhere in the Delta! Make Indianola YOUR headquarters when you are touring the Delta.