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De Soto National Forest

Black Creek Wilderness Area- The Black Creek Wilderness is located east of State Highway 29, north of Wiggins.
Chickasawhay Ranger District- The Chickasawhay Ranger District encompasses the northern section of the De Soto National Forest, to the southeast of Laurel. Turkey Fork Recreation Area is a main attraction here.
De Soto Ranger District- The De Soto Ranger District encompasses the southern section of the De Soto National Forest, around the cities of Hattiesburg and Wiggins. It includes the Black Creek, Biloxi River and Tuxachanie Creek areas.
Leaf Wilderness Area- The Leaf Wilderness covers 960 acres in the flood plains of the Leaf River. The wilderness area lies between Benndale and McLain, in southern Mississippi.

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Description - The DeSoto National Forest is located in southeast Mississippi. It is Mississippi's largest National Forest and covers mostly gently rolling pine and hardwood forests.

Attractions - The De Soto is Mississippi's largest National Forest. The De Soto is mostly "pineywoods" and covers a gently rolling terrain with stands of longleaf, slash, and loblolly pine. The winding streams, unique to the forest, form bottom lands that grow hardwood timber. The forest produces an abundance of game, including deer, turkey, and quail.

The southern section of the Forest, the De Soto District, includes Black Creek, the Black Creek Trail, the Black Creek and Leaf Wilderness Areas, the Tuxachanie Trail and numerous lakes and recreation areas. The primary attractions on the northern section of the Forest include the Turkey Fork Recreation Area, an Little Tiger ATV Trail and a the Longleaf Horse Trail.

Recreation - One of the most popular activities is floating the winding streams in a canoe, raft or johnboat. Numerous hiking trails provide the nature lover, history buff and hiker with the chance to view nature. Camping, fishing, and picnicking are also available on the Forest.

Climate - Weather in this region varies with the time of year. Summers are typically very hot and humid, with afternoon and evening thunderstorms always a possibility. Summer daytime temperatures frequently reach into the upper 90's, with nighttime lows in the mid to upper 70's. Winters are often wet with some cold temperatures. Snow is uncommon. Winter days are warm enough for comfortable outdoor activities.

Location - The De Soto National Forest is located in southeast Mississippi around the cities of Laurel, Hattiesburg, Wiggins, and Gulfport. The Forest is split into two large sections. The northern section, southeast of Laurel, comprises the Chickasaway Ranger District. The southern section, around Wiggins, makes up the De Soto Ranger District. De Soto National Forest offices can be found in McHenry, Wiggins, and Laurel.

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DeSoto National Forest, 100 West Capitol Street, Suite 1141 , Jackson, MS, 39269, Phone: 601-965-4391

Additional Information:
Hattiesburg Area - Hattiesburg is a small city located in the southeast region of Mississippi that offers a variety of recreational, cultural, education and historical choices.
Mississippi National Forests and Parks - Mississippi offers six National Forests, a National Seashore, two National Battlefields, an Historic Park, and a National Scenic Trail.

Bienville National Forest - Official agency website.
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