Recreation

What to Do?
Try something new or an old favorite.
What's most popular? Hunting and fishing of course!

Sample Senior Pass

The six National Forests in Mississippi provide excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation across the state. 1.2 million acres of forest land provide a diversity of terrain, diverse ecosystems, numerous lakes, rivers, and streams.  In addition to hosting native plant and animal communities, forests are also rich in cultural history. USDA Forest Service land is spread across Mississippi, making the great outdoors quickly accessible to visitors. Discover all the popular water related recreation we have to offer. Swimming, boating, and warm water fishing are favorite pastimes. Picnic sites and pavilions near the water are available for small and large family gatherings. The Black Creek Scenic River provides a distinctive canoeing experience. Developed and dispersed camping areas provide overnight accommodations that support hunting, water-based recreation, and destination camping. The National Forests in Mississippi are also a major provider of recreational trails in the state. Approximately 265 miles of non-motorized hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails challenge visitors and provide great scenery. We also offer approximately 90 miles of designated motorized trails open to off-highway vehicles.

 

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Recreational Opportunities by Ranger District:

Select a Ranger District from the list below for more specific information concerning recreational opportunities available at that district.

 

COVID-19 Message

The Forest Service stresses that some services and amenities may be provided at a level less than before or not provided at all. At some areas, restroom facilities remain closed. Portable restroom facilities may be available. Visitors are responsible for providing their own personal protective equipment, including hand sanitizer. Visitors are asked to avoid gathering in large groups and to follow state and federal guidelines and recommendations for social distancing and the use of cloth face coverings.

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Airey Lake Open to Visitor Open for Day Use only; no camping allowed; RESTROOM CLOSED
Ashe Lake Open to Visitor day use only, RESTROOM CLOSED
Bethel OHV Trails Open to Visitor South loop only; Call before you haul (601) 528-6180
Big Biloxi Recreation Area Open to Visitor Campground is open to self-contained campers only at 50% capacity; no tent camping is allowed. RESTROOMS CLOSED
Big Creek Landing Open to Visitor Open for day-use and river access only; no overnight camping is allowed
Big Foot Horse Trail and Camp Open to Visitor Only blue, yellow and green trail loops are open. Camp closed due to hurricane damage; day use only, no overnight stay. 
Black Creek - National Wild and Scenic River Open to Visitor Primitive camping is allowed off the Black Creek trail only; no overnight stay on the Landings.
Black Creek Hiking Trail Open to Visitor Open from Big Creek Landing to CCC Camp and the section from Melvin Breland Rd east to Fairley Bridge Landing; primitive camping is allowed 150 ft off the trail; currently overnight camping is not allowed at Landings. 
Chewalla Lake Open to Visitor Fishing open, Day use opens April 2, campground will open April 2 to self-contained RVs and camper trailers only (no tents), bathhouse closed but a portable toilet will be available on April 2, no hand washing facilities
Chickasaw ATV/Motorcycle Trail Open to Visitor Day use only; RESTROOM CLOSED
Choctaw Lake Open to Visitor Fishing open, campground opens March 12 with RVs and tents welcome, campground bathhouse restrooms will be open but showers remain closed, Day Use opens March 12, portable restrooms available but no hand washing available
Cypress Creek Landing Open to Visitor Open for day-use and river access only; no overnight camping is allowed
Davis Lake Open to Visitor  Fishing open,camping for RV's and tents, bathhouse restroom available, showers closed
Fairley Bridge Landing Open to Visitor Open for day-use and river access only; no overnight camping is allowed. RESTROOM CLOSED
Janice Landing Open to Visitor Open for day-use and river access only; no overnight camping is allowed. RESTROOM CLOSED
Moody's Landing Open to Visitor Open for day-use and river access only; no overnight camping is allowed. RESTROOM CLOSED
Noxubee Hills Mountain Bike Trail Open to Visitor Restroom closed
Owl Creek Mounds Archeological Site Open to Visitor Restroom closed
P.O.W. Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor Open for Day Use only; no camping allowed.
Puskus Lake Open to Visitor Fishing open, restroom closed but portable toilet available, no hand-washing facilities available, RV and tent camping 
Rattlesnake Bay OHV Trail Open to Visitor Starting May 1st, the 10-mile loop and the 3-mile loop will be open. Call Before You Haul for current conditions at 601-528-6180.
Shockaloe Trail Open to Visitor day use only, self contained RV's only, RESTROOM CLOSED
Shongelo Lake Closed to Visitor
Tall Pines Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice due to a hazardous condition on the trail. 


https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/mississippi/recreation