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Starkville is located in East Mississippi and is the home of Mississippi State University.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

  • From points north, take Interstate 55 down to Hwy 82 E.
  • From Jackson (Mississippi), take Hwy 25 N. or I-55 N to Hwy 82 E.
  • From Tuscaloosa, AL: take Hwy 82 W.

By plane[edit]

  • George M. Bryan Airport, 114 Airport Road, (662) 615-1848, (662) 615-1848 (fax), [2]. The Starkville Airport is open to the public. The airport is capable of handling small aircraft. No commercial flights are available from the Starkville Airport.
  • Golden Triangle Regional Airport, 2080 Airport Rd., Columbus, MS, (662) 327-4422, [3]. The Golden Triangle Regional Airport is centrally located between the Columbus, Starkville and West Point. The airport is about 15 minutes from Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women and Old Waverly Golf Club. Commercial flights are provided by Delta Connection.

By train[edit]

For passenger service, the nearest Amtrak [4] stop is in Tuscaloosa, AL [5] which is about a 90 minute drive to Starkville.

By bus[edit]

Greyhound's nearest intercity bus stop is in Tupelo, Mississppi, which is a little over an hour by car and somewhere between five and six hours by bicycle.

Friendly City Express operates a shuttle service based out of nearby Columbus, Mississippi. Shuttle service runs directly from Starkville to Memphis International Airport (MEM). Further, it is possible to access Birmingham International Airport via Columbus using the Friendly City Express. Get to Columbus via rideshare or SMART Bus, and then take Friendly City Express to Birmingham.

You can also try chartering a coach at ACR Coach to take you from wherever you are to Starkville.

By boat[edit]

The nearest navigable waterway appears to be in the Columbus, MS area; however, there don't appear to be any marinas in that area.

Get around[edit]


  • McClain Taxi , 1181 Yeates Subdivision R, (662) 323-9530.
  • Starkvegas Taxi , (662) 769-TAXI.

Car Rental[edit]

  • Enterprise Rent A Car , 404 Highway 12 W, (662) 323-3389, [6].


Mississippi State University operates SMART (Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit). The buses mostly provide limited campus and central Starkville service, but it is possible to access central Starkville from GTR airport via SMART's airport service.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Mississippi State University Phone: 662-325-2323, [7]. Mississippi State began as The Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi and the first students were accepted in the Fall of 1880.
  • Noxubee Wildlife Refuge, 2970 Bluff Lake Road, Brooksville, Phone: (662)323-5548, FAX: (662)323-6390, Email: [email protected], [8]. The Noxubee Wildlife Refuge is comprised of 48,000 acres to serve as a resting and feeding area for migratory birds. The refuge also extensively manages the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Hiking, hunting, and fishing are also available in the refuge.
  • Starkville City Jail, made most famous by a Johnny Cash song of the same name. City Hall, (662) 323-1491, [9].

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Cotton District Arts Festival, [10]. Visitors meander along the narrow streets lined with artisans who demonstrate and sell their wares, while musicians and dancers perform live on-stage and in the streets. Starkville's finest restaurants prepare and offer "tastes" covering the gamut from regional to ethnic.
  • Bulldog Bash, Friday, September 8th (2006); 5PM–1AM, University Dr. (between Col Muldrow Dr. and Maxwell St) The Cotton District, [11]. Since its inception by the Student Association in 1999, Bulldog Bash has strived to be the premier, student-run music event in the south. In seven years, this has grown to be the largest, free outdoor music festival in the state of Mississippi with crowds numbering over 30,000. The headlining act for 2006 was Sister Hazel. Other performing artists included R&B artist Cheri Dennis, Contemporary Christian rock band Big Daddy Weave, singer/songwriter Rob Blackledge, and the Vicksburg, MS native Patrick Smith. Free.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Mississippi State University Cheese, [12]. Something students' families always want them to bring back.
  • Starkville Community Market, Corner of Jackson and Lampkin Streets, [1]. 7:30 - 10. Each Saturday morning May through October, the local farmer's market sets up and sells local, homegrown and produced vegetables, baked items, and crafts. Rain or shine there will be a crowd!  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Old Venice Pizza Company - Try the Banscueccio pizza.
  • Oby's - Poboys, red beans & rice, and more.
  • Starkville Cafe - A downtown institution.
  • The Grill - American grill with a menu that has something for just about everybody.
  • Little Dooey - ESPN's Lee Corso once said "The Little Dooey is the best BBQ and sauce in the nation"
  • The Veranda
  • Petty's Barbecue - Order the rib plate.
  • Bin 612 - Located in the Cotton District, Bin 612 is known for it's artwork display, full bar, and well-prepared food.
  • McAlister's Deli
  • Bulldog Deli
  • Casa Brava - Formerly known as Mexico Tipico.
  • Christy's Hamburgers
  • City Bagel - More than bagels; try the muffaletta for lunch and the stuffed shells for dinner.
  • Mugshots - Famous for the "Uneatable Hamburger." Consider by many to offer the best hamburgers in the state.
  • Dave's Dark Horse Tavern - Known for the pizza and jam band atmosphere. Site where Johnny Cash played before being arrested on his walk home, leading to the inspiration for the song "Starkville City Jail."
  • Sonny's Barbecue - Considered Starkville's best kept secret. Serves excellent barbecue.
  • Stromboli's - Small pizza joint with deep respect for Jerry Garcia.
  • Harvey's - 406 Highway 12, Southdale Shopping Center, 1+ 662 323-1639. Upscale dining at a reasonable price. Specialties include marinated steak, New Orleans Seafood Pasta, and prime rib. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
  • Anthony's Good Food Market - Located in neighboring West Point, about 20 minutes from Starkville. Casual atmosphere with excellent food. Reservations recommended on the weekend.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Rick's Cafe, 319B Highway 182 East, Phone: 662-323-7425, [13]. Both a popular bar and place to hear a wide variety of musical acts from all over.
  • Remington's Hunt Club, [14].
  • Dave's Dark Horse Tavern, 410 MLK Jr. Drive (attached to the Regal Inn), 662-324-3316. Hole-in-the-wall beloved by many. Live music every night, pretty good pizzas, good drink specials.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Starkville, 110 B Highway 12 West, (662) 324-0076, [15]. Complimentary breakfasts and evening appetizers are offered to guests of Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Starkville. Suites are available, and guest rooms have coffee makers. Wake-up services are provided.
  • Best Western Starkville, 119 Highway 12 West, (662) 324-5555, [16]. Complimentary coffee and newspapers are available to guests in the lobby at Best Western Starkville. Children under 12 stay free, and a restaurant and lounge are adjacent to the hotel.
  • Comfort Suites Starkville, 801 Russell St., (662) 324-9595, [17]. All rooms at Comfort Suites Starkville are equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, and cable television. Wake-up services are offered, and in-room movies are available upon request.
  • Hampton Inn Starkville, 700 Highway 12, (662) 324-1333, [18]. An exercise gym and swimming pool are the recreational facilities offered to guests of Hampton Inn Starkville. Irons are provided, and connecting rooms and cribs are available.
  • Hotel Chester, 101 North Jackson Street, (662) 323-5005. This hotel is individually listed on the Nation Register of Historic Places and is located in the Old Main District of Starkville’s bustling and historic downtown, where shops, restaurants and entertainment spots are all within easy walking distance. The property has undergone extensive renovations of the public areas and reopened under the original name that was given to the property in 1925.
  • Microtel Inn and Suites Starkville, 1121 Highway 82 East, (662) 615-0700, [19]. Guests staying at the Microtel are just a walks away from the state university, golfing and local restaurants. The hotel has a fitness center and a pool for guests to enjoy during their stay.

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