Special Places

Each of the six national forests located in the beautiful state of Mississippi is surrounded by its own unique community full of history and heritage. Exploring hidden cultural treasures as you travel to or through a national forest makes the journey that much more exiting and memorable.  Below is a list of just a few of the special places located within the districts of the National Forests in Mississippi.

 

District Location
 
Bienville Harrell Prairie
  Marathon Lake
 
Chickasawhay Gavin Forest Educational Tour (area is unavailable)
  Chickasawhay WMA
 
De Soto Black Creek Wild and Scenic River
  Big Biloxi Recreation Area
 
Delta Little Sunflower River Recreation Area
  Sunflower WMA
 
Holly Springs Chewalla Lake
  Puskus Lake
 
Homochitto Okhissa Lake
  Clear Springs Recreation Area
 
Tombigbee Choctaw Lake
  Davis Lake

Highlighted Areas

Owl Creek Mounds Archeological Site

Owl Creek Mounds Archeological site was established in 1964.  It contains Indian Mounds dating to the early Mississippian period (A.D. 1000 to 1200).  This area is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Originally there were five mounds around a central plaza, two mounds are located on National Forest Land.

Owl Creek Mounds Site is open year-round unless weather conditions require the area to be closed. No user fees required.


Black Creek Wilderness Area

The Black Creek Wilderness was established in 1984 and contains slightly more than 5,000 acres.  The Black Wilderness is named after its dominant feature - Black Creek, which flows through its center.  The wilderness contains a segment of the Black Creek Wild and Scenic River and about 10 miles of the Black Creek National Recreation Trail.

Black Creek bisects the wilderness, creating a large hardwood floodplain containing oxbow lakes and stands of sweetgum, loblolly pine, spruce pine, willow oak, bald cypress, sweetbay, and red maple. The terrain is fairly gentle, with elevations ranging from 100 to 270 feet above sea level.  The only development in this area is the Black Creek Trail.

No facilities are provided. Only foot travel is permitted on the trail.  Black Creek Wilderness is open year-round unless weather conditions require the trail to be closed.  No user fees required.


 


General Jackson Interpretive Trail

This is a short 1/4 mile loop trail interpreting the history of General Andrew Jackson’s march along the Old Federal Road, from Mobile, AL to New Orleans, LA, during the War of 1812.  Only foot travel is permitted on the trail.

General Jackson Interpretive Trail is open year-round unless weather conditions require the trail to be closed.  No user fees required.


P.O.W. Lake Recreation Area

This recreation site lies beside a 7-acre lake at the southern end of the Tuxachanie National Recreation Hiking Trail.  This is an abandoned World War II German Prisoner of War Camp and Navy rifle range. The old ammunition bunkers are still present.  This rustic area provides primitive camping, fishing, and hiking.  The lake provides fishing opportunities for bass, bream, white perch, and catfish.  There are no restrooms or drinking water.  The lake has foot access only.

The P.O.W. Lake Recreation Area is open year-round unless weather conditions require the area to be closed. No user fees required.