Description - Beaches, marshes, bayous and thick timber provide a variety of environments for recreationists. The historic districts of Hattiesburg and Laurel showcase exquisite Victorian and turn-of-the-century mansions originally built by lumber barons. Between New Orleans and Mobile, a chain of casinos, beach resorts, artists' colonies and fishing villages is linked by 26 miles of scenic coastline along the Gulf of Mexico.
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Gulf Islands National Seashore
- The eastern end of Gulf Islands National Seashore lies within this region. This National Seashore consists of eleven separate units stretching along 150 miles from West Ship Island in Mississippi to the eastern tip of Santa Rosa Island in Florida. There are sparkling blue waters, magnificent snowy-white beaches, fertile coastal marshes, and dense maritime forests. Other popular areas for outdoor recreation within the Coast Region include the DeSoto National Forest, Buccaneer State Park, Paul B. Johnson State Park, Shepard State Park, and Maynor Creek Water Park.
A portion of Black Creek, famous as a scenic canoe float and for its fishing spots, recently gained protection under the National Wild and Scenic Streams law. A series of barrier Islands define the shallow Mississippi Sound. Farther out lies the Gulf of Mexico. Other rivers, lakes and ponds are tucked away in the Mississippi wilderness.
Recreation - The Coastal Region provides access to water-oriented sports such as, sea kayaking, swimming, fishing sailing and boating. Mississippi's Gulf Coast region offers a unique combination of outstanding fresh and saltwater fishing. Anglers will find a variety of beautiful rivers and streams that feed into the coastal marshes and estuaries. The region also offers many of the traditional activities such as hiking, backpacking, camping, water skiing, biking and horseback riding.
Climate - Mississippi lies mainly in the subtropics. The climate is mild with the coldest months experiencing low temperatures near 40 degrees F. Summer temperatures frequently reach 100 degrees F, with coastal breezes providing cooling relief. Humidity is highest in August and September reaching an average close to 90%. The highest rainfall comes during the spring months, but December and January are wet, too. Expect temperatures in the northeastern hills region to be somewhat cooler than the rest of the state.
This region includes the southeast corner of Mississippi, from the Laurel area, south through Hattiesburg to the Gulf Coast.