Mississippi holds many adventures for outdoor lovers, and one of the best destinations you can head in your RV is the DeSoto National Forest. This pine forest paradise has lovely rolling hills and streams running through inviting visitors to throw in a line to make a trophy catch.
The forest is big! But you can start out in Hattiesburg and work your way either north or south for a journey you will never forget. Hattiesburg is also a wonderful place to stay a while and enjoy the marvelous Southern foods. There is a lot to see in the city, with quaint shops and cultural sites.
You will find plenty of RV camping in all directions. One favorite is the Long Leaf Horse Trail Campground which is near Laurel. Situated in the pine woods, you will find a limited number of pull-through spaces and a lot of great hiking and fishing for blue gill and bass. Near Sand Hill, you will find the Turkey Fork Campground with electric and water hookups. There is also a lake with a boat ramp and water skiing is permitted.
Throughout DeSoto National Forest, there are adventures for the whole family, from hiking and biking to hunting and fishing. The vastness of the wilderness holds one enthralled with the opportunities. For instance, Black Creek Wilderness is one place to get away from it all. The only developed area is the Black Creek Trail, where you can hike up to 40 miles if you so choose.
For over 60 miles of trails to choose from, try the Tuxachanie National Recreation Trail which follows an old rail line part of the way. You can hike through swamps, savannahs and forests. You can go all the way to POW Lake, but ensure you are ready for a day-long hike. Or you can hike the 10-mile round trip trek to Airey Lake.
One trail camp for the Tuxachanie Trail is the Airey Lake Recreation Area. There is a lovely lake where you can fish for perch, bass or catfish. Another place outdoors people love to go is the Big Creek Landing Recreation Area. Here you will find hiking and horse trails which appeal to outdoor enthusiasts. There is just a never-ending opportunity for fun in DeSoto National Forest.
If you bring along your ATV, you will discover a wide array of trails, such as the Rattlesnake Bay ATV Trail just south of New Augusta, Mississippi. Lots of sand and some wet places due to low-lying areas, but you won’t mind once you get going. Bethel ATV trail is another – 37 miles of pure ATV or motorcycle bliss.
Check out the hardwood forests of the Ragland Hills and the amazing pitcher plants at Buttercup Flats. More wilderness adventures await you at the Leaf Wilderness Area and the Turkey Fork Recreation Area (PDF). Turkey Fork Lake is situated among the towering pines and offers a multitude of recreational activities.
Your RV vacation to DeSoto National Forest will be one to remember, with so many outdoor recreational opportunities that you won’t be able to do them all in one visit. This means you’ll have to return again in an RV to experience the fun!