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Description - The Bienville National Forest covers 178,000 acres in central Mississippi. It offers opportunities for camping, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, swimming and viewing nature.

Attractions - The Bienville National Forest is one of six National Forests in Mississippi. Two of the most popular areas on the Forest are Marathon and Shongelo Recreation Areas. Both areas have lakes with campgrounds, picnic areas, fishing, and swimming areas. The Bienville Pines Scenic Area encompasses one of the last remaining tracts of virgin pine timber in the state. The Shockaloe Trail is a 23-mile horse trail which is classified as a National Recreation Trail. Shockaloe Base Camps I & II are located at strategic locations along the Shockaloe Trail and offer camping and picnicking for trail users as well as others.

Recreation - Visitors to the Bienville National Forest can enjoy a variety of outdoor recreation activities including camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking, fishing, and hunting.

Climate - Weather in this region varies with the time of year. Summers are typically very hot and humid, with afternoon and evening thunderstorms always a possibility. Summer daytime temperatures frequently reach into the upper 90's, with nighttime lows in the mid to upper 70's. Winters are often wet with some cold temperatures. Snow is uncommon. Winter days are warm enough for comfortable outdoor activities.

Location - The Bienville National Forest is located in central Mississippi around the town of Forest. There are District Offices located in Forest and in Raleigh. Interstate 20, US Hwy. 80 and Mississippi Hwy. 35 all lead through the Forest.


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Contact Information:
Bienville National Forest, 100 West Capitol Street, Suite 1141 , Jackson, MS, 39269, Phone: 601-965-4391

Additional Information:
Jackson Area - Outdoor life in the County is always a beautiful and educational experience. As one of Mississippi's 27 state parks, Jackson County's own Shepard State Park provides its visitors with picnic areas, bike and nature trails, and areas for tent camping. The Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge and the Pascagoula Wildlife Management Area are popular wildlife refuges that are open to hikers, bird watchers. Campers will also enjoy the beautiful Gulf Islands National Seashore Park in Ocean Springs.
Mississippi National Forests and Parks - Mississippi offers six National Forests, a National Seashore, two National Battlefields, an Historic Park, and a National Scenic Trail.
Pines Region - The Pines Region encompasses the east-central portion of Mississippi, with the Alabama border forming its eastern boundary. It encompasses the areas surrounding the cities of Meridian and Columbus, west to Winona and Forest.

Links:
Bienville National Forest - Official agency website.
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