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Bude Ranger District- The Bude Ranger District encompasses the eastern portion of the Homochito National Forest in southwest Mississippi. It is located around the towns of Meadville and Bude.
Homochito Ranger District- The Homochito Ranger District encompasses the western portion of the Homochito National Forest in southwest Mississippi. It is located north of Gloster and southeast of Natchez.

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Description - The Homochitto National Forest is located in southwest Mississippi. The Forest lies around the towns of Meadville, Bude Roxie, Crosby and Gloster. It was the first National Forest established in Mississippi.

Attractions - The Homochito National Forest was named for the Homochito River which flows through this area. It was the first National Forest established in Mississippi. Much of the Forest is popular for hunting. The primary recreation attractions on the Forest are the Clear Springs and Pipes Lake Recreation Areas.

Recreation - Hunting is possibly the most popular activity on the Homochito. Camping, fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking, hiking and mountain biking are other activities available on the Forest. Most of these activities are centered around the recreation areas.

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 Homochitto National Forest is located in southwest Mississippi southeast of Natchez. The Forest lies around the towns of Meadville, Bude Roxie, Crosby and Gloster. The Forest is divided into two Ranger Districts, the Homochito and the Bude. The Homochito Ranger District covers the west end of the Forest and the Bude covers the east. The Bude Ranger Station is located in Meadville and Homochito is located in Gloster.


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Filed By: Chelsey Williams (Baton Rouge, LA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My boyfriend and I just spent part of our Fourth of July weekend at Homochitto, and it was beautiful. We hiked the 5.6-mile Mill Branch Trail and were captivated by the tall, narrow pine trees. This has been the prettiest Mississippi NF that we've visited thus far. I highly recommend it!

Filed By: Julie (Metairie, LA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great place especially during fall. 20$ for electric/water or 7$ for primitive. Great place for hiking. I hiked Mills Branch trail. The sign says it is closed, but I was still able to climb over the bridge; it was a great trail, but be forewarned: 5 miles can seem more like 8, so bring plenty of water. There was one spot more than 3/4 way through the trail where I could not find the trail, because a huge tree had fallen and covered it up; I panicked a few minutes and then found where it continued. It went through beautiful pine forest and I took some good photos. I had started at 10am and was done at 3pm. There were no maps available to take, though there was a map at the beginning to look at. The campground host also had no maps. I suggest take a digital photo of it and bring it along. You have to be careful going for a hike in fall because it gets late earlier. Also, a couple times I had to stop because I could not see the trail- leaves were covering up the path. This, even though multiple bikers had passed through that day! I had a site with electric and water. Friendly neighboring campers offered me coffee and later, cajun stew. Also, this campground is a great place to see stars, especially on the left of the pond where there is a clear grassy landing. Saw 3 shooting stars. Heard a pack of cayotes/foxes out in the forest. Saw a chipmunk on my walk around the pond. There were many picnic tables that were huge. Also, a beautiful area devoted to a ceremony, with pulpit and benches, all outdoors, and a huge cabin-like structure behind it built with logs, open toward the lake and ceremony area, very nice. (I suggest everyone great place to get married!) Seating for 100 people... There are 2 electric camping loops , a and b. Both are beautiful, but i noticed that 1 loop was mostly tents with a couple of trailers, whereas the loop I was in was 3 tenters an the rest with trailers. I like the way some of the sites are, where you walk up steps into your site. Also, this forest is responsible for 80% of all the oil that Mississippi produces. So you will hear the sound of oil being drilled, all through the night. That is a big minus to me, because I love crickets, and the crickets could only be slightly heard. Lots of sulphur butterflies on my hike. get the children to bring their bikes, as the children love riding up and down the hills. There is a Sav-A-Lot in Meadville if you need to stock up on food; I think the whole town was there when I went on Saturday. It was a bit hard to find Clear Springs, because the adress on the website, 1200 Hwy 184 East Meadville, MS 39653, is not the correct address; that is the address to the middle of Meadville! You have to go west toward Natchez; on your left, look out for a 15 foot drilling pump, right along the road, drilling. That is the entrance marker to the park. (There is only a tiny 5" sign on the highway for those traveling west. You can't see it unless you were riding a bike.)

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Wonderful place. Camped with wife and infant in April. Fish weren't biting much but had a great camp site. Turkey hunted some in the surrounding forest. Prescribed burning taking place but did not upset the camp site.

Filed By: Trixx (Hattiesburg, MS)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We went to Clear Springs trail riding. Mississippi has some hills!! Great mountain biking trail.


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

Additional Information:
Capital/River Region - The Capital/River Region encompasses the southwest corner of Mississippi. It stretches from Jackson, Mississippi's capital city and geographic center, to the historic towns that line the bluffs of the Mississippi River.
Mississippi National Forests and Parks - Mississippi offers six National Forests, a National Seashore, two National Battlefields, an Historic Park, and a National Scenic Trail.
Natchez Area - Natchez is the westernmost city in Mississippi and the county seat of Adams County. A wide variety of National Forest, State Parks and lakes provide excellent hunting, camping and fishing. A multitude of park and recreational centers provide golfing, bicycling, jogging, swimming, tennis, baseball, football, soccer and other sports.

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Bienville National Forest - Official agency website.

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