De Soto

Area Status: Open
Lake view of a recreation area in the De Soto Ranger District

The De Soto Ranger District is characterized by gently rolling terrain covered by southern pine ridges and hardwood bottoms with clear, tea-colored streams meandering throughout. Year-round recreation opportunities abound for the hiker, bicyclist, camper, canoeist, all-terrain vehicle rider, horse enthusiast, hunter and fisherman. Length of stay limits do apply within our camping areas.

Visitors who seek solitude will be able to find it within one of the state's two wilderness areas: the Black Creek or Leaf, both located on the De Soto. The district is also home to Mississippi's only national wild and scenic river, Black Creek, famous for its wide, white sandbars and relaxed floating pace.

Two national recreation trails, the Black Creek and the Tuxachanie, offer over 60 miles for the hiker to explore the pinewoods. Other trails on the district include Bethel and Rattlesnake Bay All-terrain Vehicle trails, Big Foot Horse Trail and Bethel Bicycle Trail.

The nature observer may delight in experiencing the varied ecosystems found on the De Soto, from dry, sandy longleaf pine/scrub oak ridges to frequently flooded tupelo/bald cypress swamps, and from the steep upland hardwood forests of Ragland Hills to the vast pitcher plant savanna at Buttercup Flats.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Please check Camp Shelby road closures on their Facebook page:
Area Amenities: Accessible, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking


Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at De Soto

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at De Soto

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at De Soto

Lake and Pond Fishing

Areas for Lake and Pond Fishing at De Soto

Horse Camping

Areas for Horse Camping at De Soto

Horse Riding

Big Foot Horse Trail

Areas for Horse Riding at De Soto

Disc Golf

Areas for Disc Golf at De Soto

Target Shooting

Areas for Target Shooting at De Soto


Camping trailer:
Picnic tables:
Fee charged for some activities:
Drinking water: