De Soto Local Area Attractions
The De Soto is characterized by gently rolling terrain covered by southern pine ridges and hardwood bottoms with clear, tea-colored streams meandering throughout the forest. At 378,538 acres, the De Soto Ranger District is the largest district in Mississippi and is within easy driving distance of the coastal areas and Hattiesburg. Year-round recreation opportunities abound for the hiker, bicyclist, camper, canoeist, ATV rider, horse enthusiast, hunter and fisherman. Vast expanses of
national forest lands are perfect settings for bird watching and rejuvenating the spirit. There are picnic facilities, group shelters, and scenic surroundings for church socials, organizational events, and family reunions.
Whether your passion is trekking through the untamed wilderness, stepping into a dark theatre where you're transported to another dimension, or discovering a mall filled with bargain hunters, Hattiesburg has it all. Hattiesburg is fast becoming South Mississippi's golfing location of choice with over 12 public and private courses within a 30-mile radius.
Travelers looking for a respite from cold northern weather enjoy the many year-round golfing opportunities in Hattiesburg.
Events abound at Hattiesburg's cultural centers and sports venues. Attend a play, concert or college football game, or strike out on your own canoeing down rivers, hitting the links at a nationally-ranked golf course or biking the Longleaf Trace. Hattiesburg's got more outdoor activities than a carnival.
For more information, visit the City of Hattiesburg, Mississippi website.