De Soto National Forest Guide

Named for Hernando de Soto, the first known European to cross the Mississippi River, De Soto National Forest is the largest national forest in the Magnolia State and covers over a half-million acres, protecting a part of the increasingly endangered Gulf Coast ecosystem. Its beautiful expanses of longleaf pine forests and savannas attract nature lovers and fun-seekers alike. Whether you enjoy hiking or ATV riding, fishing or canoeing, or just want some peaceful solitude, the forest offers plenty of recreational opportunities. For those who want a little civilization, the nearby city of Hattiesburg has become a premier destination for golfers and history fans. Biloxi and Gulfport's casinos and shops are within an easy drive, and New Orleans is only two hours away. For a relaxing forest getaway, De Soto National Forest is accessible and has something for everyone. 

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De Soto National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in De Soto National Forest

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How to get to De Soto National Forest

Address: 654 West Frontage Road, Wiggins MS 39577

Fee: Entry fee $0

As the largest and most popular national forest in Mississippi, De Soto National Forest contains some of the best stands of pine savannas and longleaf pine forests in the state, despite damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Hikers love the trails that meander past wildlife and over beautiful wooded hills while fishers and boaters take to the water for their best catches or to just while away the day. If you're traveling through Mississippi, De Soto National Forest is not to be missed, and an RV trip is a great way to experience this unique spot for yourself.