A robust economy combines with a small-town way of life to make Ridgeland perfect for business and family. Ridgeland is thriving with the benefits of award winning schools, premier shopping, fine dining, abundant outdoor recreational amenities, and plenty of festivals and cultural events. All its residents enjoy a convenient location in the metro area, easy access to the Natchez Trace Parkway and the Ross Barnett Reservoir (a 33,000 acre lake), along with extensive walking and biking trail system.
Business in Ridgeland is as diverse as it can be, with companies and firms of all sizes and types calling this thriving community home. The City’s location is unrivaled with its close proximity to Jackson, its extensive network of highways, convenient airport and Amtrak/rail service. The City of Ridgeland has emerged as a distinctive city where businesses want to be and do business. Even more than its strategic locale is the exceptional mix of businesses, with manufacturing, retail, major corporations and innovative industries all setting up shop in Ridgeland.
Ridgeland is recognized as a Tree City USA, a Bicycle Friendly Community, Top 100 Places to Live named by MONEY® Magazine in 2007.
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Ridgeland prides itself on its Star-Rated schools within the Madison County School District as well as a community college and private schools. Ridgeland is home to two private schools, offering an alternative to public education. Holmes Community College, Ridgeland Campus has been thriving and growing in Ridgeland since 1985. Holmes provides core courses, technical and workforce training, and community enrichment classes.
Ridgeland Public Schools
Ann Smith Elementary
306 S. Pear Orchard Road—601.856.6621
Highland Elementary School
330 Brame Road—601.853.8103
Olde Towne Middlle School
210 Sunnybrook Road—601.899.8730
Ridgeland High School
586 Sunnybrook Road—601.898.5023
Ridgeland Private Schools
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
370 Old Agency Road—601.853.6000
North Campus–Grades 5-12—gosaints.org
Christ Covenant School
752 Pear Orchard Road—601.978.2272
Holmes Community College
412 W. Ridgeland Avenue—601.856.5400—
601.420.3338 or 601.992.4440
Senior Adult Programs include exercise and fitness classes where certified instructors lead participants through a series of cardiovascular and strength training exercises specifically designed to improve flexibility and health in senior adults. Other fitness classes include yoga, tai chi, balance & fall-proof. Hobby-related groups involved the garden club, painting and drawing, crochet, bridge and line dancing. Both men’s and women’s Bible study and fellowship classes meet regularly. Ridgeland hosts senior adult trips, parties, workshops and banquets. It also offers an AARP Safety Driving Program which helps senior adults qualify for a discount on automobile insurance. And, one of the favorite events of the year is the Mayor’s Fun Walk which includes a walk with the Mayor on the Ridgeland Multiuse Trail with health information, demonstrations and entertainment provided.
Ridgeland is proud to support those with special needs. HOOPS Basketball is a program designed for special needs children. Games are held in January and February utilizing volunteer coaches and assistants. TOPSoccer is offered to children ages 5 and up who are mentally and/or physically challenged. Registration occurs in the summer. TOPSoccer Jambore is designed for boys and girls ages 5-18 with special needs. This event provides a day of fun while teaching basic soccer skills. And, the Challenger League is a baseball/softball program adapted for physically/mentally challenged youth.
Dine & Shop
Ridgeland is recognized in the South for its fine shopping and delicious dining offering an assortment of shopping opportunities from antiques, hand-painted dinnerware and original artwork to imported items from the around the world. For a detailed listing, visit the Ridgeland Tourism site.
Ridgeland is the state’s premier shopping destination with Northpark Mall, featuring 130 plus dazzling department stores and specialty shops and lifestyle centers like Township at Colony Park and Renaissance at Colony Park featuring world class shopping, dining and entertainment. For collectors, the Antique Mall of the South is the largest in central Mississippi. An eclectic medley of specialty and gift shops are scattered like sparkling jewels through Centre Park, The Jackson Street District, Log Village, Oak Place, North Regency Square, The Promenade and School Street Crossing, and Trace Station. A not-to-miss shopping experience is the Mississippi Crafts Center, which offers the works of more than 150 members of the Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi.
Community events, vibrant entertainment, and festival fun are part of the Ridgeland experience. An enthusiasm for art and culture, history and heritage, and fitness and sports is evident throughout Ridgeland.
Ridgeland takes great pride in being the home of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. Long before “the creative economy” and “cultural tourism” were popular initiatives, Governor William Waller theorized that organizing and fostering Mississippi’s craft artisans would benefit the state’s economy, image and tourism efforts. In 1973, Governor Waller put into motion what would become the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, and for over 40 years, the Guild has been proving him right.
Craft work ranges from traditional items, such as quilts, baskets, and wood-carved spoons to more contemporary items, such as metal and clay sculpture, fused glass, and handcrafted jewelry. By bringing the creators of these various crafts together with a united purpose, the Guild has helped artisans flourish. The Guild has grown to 359 professional artisans and become one of the most respected craft guilds in the country. Eighty percent of the members live in Mississippi and twenty percent reside in 16 other states, a testament to the Guild’s national reputation. Membership is open to all whose work reflects a high degree of competence, professional standards and artistry in their medium and category. Eligibility is determined by a jury review process held twice each year.
Parks & Rec
The town includes sizable parks and plenty of recreational opportunities. Ridgeland Recreation & Parks offers youth soccer, baseball, softball and basketball programs. It also holds Flag Football games during the fall along with the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition for boys and girls from 6 to 15 years old. Another favorite is the Father-Child Fishing Tournament held at Old Trace Park on the Ross Barnett Reservoir to celebrate Father’s Day.
Friendship Park—475 Lake Harbour Drive
This is a multi-purpose neighborhood park facility with a large lighted pavilion, a one-mile lighted walking/jogging trail, a fitness court, playground equipment and restroom facilities. The park accommodates many and varying needs of the community. The pavilion is available at an hourly rate to both residents and non-residents.
Freedom Ridge Park—235 West School
This is a 50-acre state-of-the-art athletic facility. The park features four lighted adult regulation softball fields, four lighted regulation soccer fields, four picnic pavilions, two playgrounds, two concession/restroom buildings, a lighted walking trail and a maintenance facility. One of these playgrounds is Adam’s Project, an all acessible playground for children who are handicapped or have special needs. Each of the four pavilions at Freedom Ridge Park is available at an hourly rate to both residents and non-residents.
Wolcott Park—348 McClellan Drive
Wolcott is a 40-acre athletic facility which features seven lighted baseball/softball fields, a playground, 14 batting cages, two bullpens, two concession/restroom buildings and a maintenance facility.
The Ridgeland Recreational Center—37 Old Trace Park
The rec center is housed in a two-story rustic lodge overlooking the Ross Barnett Reservoir at Old Trace Park. Daily activities for Superstar Seniors as well as nightly classes for all ages take place during the week at this facility.
The Ridgeland Tennis Center—201 McClellan Drive
The largest public tennis facility in the state and it’s home to 17 lighted, hard tennis courts. It is a full-service public facility operated by tennis pros, and facilities include men’s and women’s locker rooms; a 2,000 square-foot covered porch for viewing; and a fully stocked tennis pro shop.
Ridgeland City Hall—304 Highway 51
Home to four soccer fields during the soccer season and it’s converted to three T-ball fields during the baseball season.
The Ridgeland Multiuse Trail is a fifteen-mile, multiuse trail suitable for walking, running, or cycling. The Natchez Trace Parkway is a designated bike route that traverses Ridgeland with parking available at the Ridgeland Information Cabin at Rice Road. Other designated bike routes in Ridgeland include Highland Colony Parkway.
Tri-County Mountain Bike Association—Hosts 10 miles of fast singletrack trails with rolling hills and rock formations added for intensity, and it’s known to be some of the best trails for both beginners and experienced riders in the state. The mountain bike club’s primary goal is promoting the sport of mountain biking.
Ross Barnett Reservoir—Ridgeland also offers miles of shoreline of the Ross Barnett Reservoir, where residents and visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, water-skiing, swimming, and other water-based recreational activities. Old Trace Park at the Reservoir offers trails and plenty of green space for play and shoreline for fishing.