Welcome to the National Forests in Mississippi

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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. It includes six National Forests: the Bienville, the Delta, the Holly Springs, the Homochitto, the Tombigbee, and the De Soto, which has the Chickasawhay Ranger District and the De Soto Ranger District. These forests have active timber management, use of prescribed fire, abundant wildlife, rich cultural history, and many recreational opportunities to experience the great outdoors. To learn more, see our National Forests in Mississippi Fact Sheet

Plan Your Next Trip to the Forest

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Use the Forest Service’s Interactive Visitor Map to plan your next trip! This digital map can be customized to the road and recreation features that interest you.

Popular Recreation Activities

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Recreational Opportunities

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The National Forests in Mississippi abound with recreational opportunities. Whether you enjoy camping, hiking, picnicking, biking, horse riding, OHV riding, scenic driving, nature viewing, fishing, hunting, or water activities, National Forests in Mississippi can provide you with the outdoor experience you are looking for. Here you will find an overview of developed and undeveloped recreational opportunities on each ranger district.

Travel Management Rule (MVUM)

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To better protect natural resources while continuing to provide opportunities for motorized recreation, the National Forests in Mississippi has implemented the travel management rule. The travel management rule requires each National Forest and Grassland to designate roads, trails, and areas open for motor vehicle use. 


Hunting FAQs

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Discusses when, where and how to hunt on the National Forests in Mississippi.