National Forests in Mississippi


From the pine forests of the Gulf Coastal Plain to the upland hardwoods in the northern part of the state, the National Forests in Mississippi covers 1.2 million acres of diverse natural resources and valued public lands spread across the state.

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  • Recreation

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    The National Forests offers an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. Camping, hiking and fishing are just a few of the many attractions that draw more than one million visitors to the forest each year.

  • Maps

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    Be prepared with maps available in your preferred format: Interactive, downloadable and printable.

  • Passes & Permits

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    Many opportunities, services and facilities across the National Forests in Mississippi are free to enjoy. However, some activities do require fees or permits to help maintain, manage, and improve recreational amenities.


Volunteers turn out to support De Soto National Forest

employees and volunteers load up crabapple trees to be planted

National Deer Association teamed up here with about 100 volunteers as part of a National Public Lands Day program to improve the Leaf River Wildlife Management Area on the De Soto National Forest.


Volunteers improved wildlife habitat by seeding clover and planting crabapple and American chestnut trees and installing wood duck boxes. They also worked on restoring an administrative building.

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AmeriCorps NCCC members receive ‘boots on the ground’ training on the Homochitto

A man wearing an AmeriCorps t-shirt and safety gear uses a chainsaw to clear a tree on a trail.

A new team of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members hit the ground running here, helping the Forest Service with everything from fighting wildfires to preserving endangered species.

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