De Soto Ranger District Recreation

**Camp Shelby military base conducts training on the De Soto Ranger District. The District may experience long and short term road closures throughout the year and dispersed recreation (hunting, hiking, etc.) may be restricted in these areas during training. In addition, there may be short term closures of Rattlesnake Bay ATV Trail. For more information and road closure updates, visit the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center’s Facebook page or contact the Training Center at (601) 558-2709.

Please obey all warning signs for your safety when visiting Forest Service land within the Camp Shelby Special Use Permit area.

De Soto Ranger District recreation areas include the following features:

  1. Airey Lake Recreation Area - camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing - brochure
  2. Ashe Lake - 8 acre laek, disc golf, picnicking, nature trail, fishing - brochure
  3. Bethel OHV Trail - 43 miles of trail, parking, primitive camping - brochure
  4. Bethel Bicycle Trail - 19 miles of trail, parking - brochure
  5. Big Biloxi Recreation Area - camping, picnicking, interpretive trail, swimming, fishing - brochure
  6. Big Creek Landing - camping, picnicking, hiking, boat launch, wild and scenic river - brochure
  7. Big Foot Horse Camp and Trail - 23 mile horse trail, horse camp - brochure
  8. Black Creek Hiking Trail - 42 mile national recreation hiking trail - brochure
  9. Black Creek Shooting Range - shooting range use paper targets only - brochure
  10. Black Creek Wilderness Area - about 11 miles designated wilderness area - brochure
  11. Cypress Creek Landing - camping, picnicking, boat launch, wild and scenic river - brochure
  12. Fairley Bridge Scenic Landing - camping, picnicking, boat launch, hiking, river - brochure
  13. Janice Landing - camping picnicking, boat launch, river - brochure
  14. Leaf Wilderness Area - 940 acres of designated wilderness area - brochure
  15. Moody's Landing - camping, picnicking, canoe launch, scenic river - brochure
  16. P.O.W. Lake Recreation Area - camping, hiking, historical site, fishing - brochure
  17. Rattlesnake Bay OHV Trail - 31 mile OHV trail, parking - brochure
  18. South Bethel Motorcycle Trail - 17 miles, motorized vehicles - brochure
  19. Tuxachanie Hiking Trail - about 14 miles of hiking trail - brochure


Call the De Soto District Office at (601)528-6160 for status before visiting these areas.