The park is named after Wall Doxey, a former U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from Mississippi. With camping areas, rental cabins, walking trails, a large playground, and camp pavilions, the area offers a welcome opportunity to the weekend camper. A narrow levee surrounds a third of the spring-fed lake which, in its shallows, has cypresses and dense vegetation. I have been meaning to stop by there for years on my home from Oxford after visiting some friends during our ever so often trips down South from Bowling Green. Finally, this past weekend we did we did stop and I'm glad I did. I probably haven't been there since my days as a college student at Ole Miss in the early 80's. I remember we even had one of our Spring fraternity formals there. Or at least, I remember some of it. I also remember that I once drove out to Wall Doxey to get away from campus on a beautiful Spring day. I was inspired to write a poem about the park while sitting at a picnic table. I still have a copy of it.
The park is beautiful as ever. However, I was a little sad to see that they do not allow swimming anymore and the snack bar/concessions areas are closed. The man at the guard shack claims that they quit allowing swimming because of insurance purposes. I asked him if some people had drown recently or something like that. But he just said "No, it because of insurance purposes." It was nice to pay Wall Doxey a visit again. But again, I was left with a little uneasy, haunting feeling about the place that perhaps some people have drowned in the lake recently is the reason that quit allowing swimming. I suppose it's just my gut, intuition feeling. I can't help it. Maybe I'm wrong.