8 of 11 Types of Mississippi Recreational Facilities--National Forests
Ivan Gillis

Mississippi National Forests



180,251 acres (729.4 km2)

Located in central Mississippi, this forest includes several lakes and reservoirs and Harrell Prairie, the largest and least disturbed prairie in the state. Bienville Pines Scenic Area includes 189 acres (76 ha) of old-growth forest. It is managed collectively with Mississippi's five other National Forests.[8]:162–166[18]



62,109 acres (251.3 km2)

Delta National Forest contains the only bottomland hardwood forest in the National Forest System, located in the floodplain of the Mississippi River.[18] The forest includes the Green Ash-Overcup Oak-Sweetgum Research Natural Areas, which is a National Natural Landmark because it contains remnant bottomland old-growth forest.[8]:167–172[43]

De Soto


532,100 acres (2,153.3 km2)

De Soto National Forest contains Mississippi's only wilderness areas: Black Creek and Leaf River. The Black Creek and Tuxachanie National Recreation Trails provide 60 mi (97 km) of hiking opportunities. Black Creek has been designated a National Wild and Scenic River for 21 mi (34 km).[8]:173



192,237 acres (778.0 km2)

Located in southern Mississippi, this forest is named for the Homochitto River, meaning "Big Red River." Most of the forest is densely forested hills, but there are recreation facilities at Pipes Lake, Clear Springs, and Mount Nebo.[8]:180–186[18]



67,468 acres (273.0 km2)

Located in northeastern Mississippi, Tombigbee National Forest covers rolling hills that were abandoned farmland before the forest was established. It is managed together with Mississippi's other National Forests.[1



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San Marcos Memories—disappearing North County San Diego, Ca


Lake San Marcos—Listing of Vendors and Other Items of Interest to LSM residents


Silly Service—38 years of Federal Civil Service Overview (A book in progress)


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