There are six National Forests in Mississippi located throughout the beautiful state and each has its own unique surrounding community full of history and heritage. From the pine forests of the Gulf Coastal Plain to the upland hardwoods in the northern part of the state, the National Forests in Mississippi covers 1.2 million acres of diverse natural resources and valued public lands spread across the state. It includes six National Forests: the Bienville, the Delta, the Holly Springs, the Homochitto, the Tombigbee, and the De Soto, which has the Chickasawhay Ranger District and the De Soto Ranger District. Although not the hikers paradise, the best hikes in the National Forests in Mississippi are described below. Official Website.
|Nearest Metro Area||Jackson, MS|
|Area Size||1,188,698 acres|
|Established||June 15, 1936|
|Hiking Trails||235 miles|
Trailhead Traveler’s Recommended Hikes in the National Forests in Mississippi
(*** = Best Hikes in the National Forests in Mississippi)
Civil War Hill Trail (Bienville) – 2.3 mile loop
Located within the Roosevelt State Park area of the Bienville National Forest. The Civil War Hill Trail offers some nice rolling hills through white oak woods; there may be some downed trees along the route.
Richardson Creek Trail*** (Homochitto) – 9.8 mile loop
Richardson Creek Trail is a 10-mile trail that winds through the beautiful Clear Springs Recreation Area. The trail is very well marked and a nice hilly wooded hike in MS.
Tuxachanie Trail*** (De Soto) – 11.9 miles one-way
The Tuxachanie Trail is 11.9 miles in length with the first five miles following a turn of the 20th century narrow gauge railroad. Remains of the railroad trestles and part of the logging camp near the trailhead can still be seen. Hikers can access the trail from Airey Lake and P.O.W. Lake.
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