This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Macon. To help you make friends with Macon before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Macon is the county seat of Noxubee County in Mississippi with a total population of around two thousand five hundred. The city was originally called Taladega at its founding in the nineteenth century, but the name was officially changed to Macon two years later. It was also the state’s capital during the time of the Civil War.
The city of Macon is quite small, with a total land area of about one-and-a-half square miles. Despite being a rather small city, though, there are a few notable residents from Macon, Mississippi, including former professional football players Nate Hughes and Darion Conner, former NFL player Nate Wayne, and blues singer Jesse Fortune. The primary educational institution available to residents of Macon, Mississippi, is East Mississippi Community College. But the most popular private educational institution within the city is Macon Central Academy.
Given the rich history of Macon and the state of Mississippi in general, there are historic sites that tourists can explore in the area. But there are also a few cultural events to look forward to all year round. For instance, the Dancing Rabbit Festival, held every fourth Saturday of October, is a fun-filled event perfect for the entire family that aims to commemorate the Treaty at the Dancing Rabbit Creek, signed in the nineteenth century.
For outdoor adventure, a highly recommended spot in Macon is the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. There are nature and hiking trails, picnic areas, a boat ramp for fishing and canoeing, and visitor centre.
Visitors who are escaping the bustle of the city and want to spend a weekend at Macon have several options for accommodation. It can range from budget-friendly hostels in Macon to backpacker lodging, or dormitory-type accommodations for those traveling in a large group. Most Macon hostels provide food and local information services on top of lodging. There are also bed-and-breakfast options for those seeking a more personalized service so they feel at home even when visiting the city of Macon. Prices for these Macon hostels and accommodations vary based on the inclusions and the proximity of your Macon hostel from the heart of the city.
Written by local enthusiast for Macon hostelsAngelica Burrage