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Mississippi National Forests and Parks

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Bienville National Forest
Black Creek Wilderness Area
Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield
De Soto National Forest
Delta National Forest
Holly Springs National Forest
Homochitto National Forest
Leaf Wilderness Area
Natchez National Historic Park
Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail
Tombigbee National Forest
Tupelo National Battlefield
Vicksburg National Military Park

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Description - Mississippi's six National Forests form a majestic gateway to over one million acres of unspoiled timberland. Beyond the sights and sounds of civilization, a Forest visitor may wander through lush cypress swamps filled with insect-eating pitcher plants, centuries-old virgin pines and towering oaks, or blooming dogwood and giant magnolia trees. The National Park Service sites in Mississippi range from National Battlefields and an Historic Park, to a National Trail and a National Seashore.

Attractions - Mississippi's six National Forests include the Bienville, the Delta, the DeSoto, the Homochitto, the Holly Springs, and the Tombigbee. Within the Holly Springs are over 40 lakes constructed by the Soil Conservation Service. The lakes provide abundant recreational opportunities, especially warm water fishing from the banks or from small boats. The Delta National Forest covers one of the few hardwood forests remaining in the Mississippi Delta and the only bottomland hardwood National Forest in the nation. The Delta lies within the Mississippi Waterfowl Flyway and serves as an excellent place to watch the habits of migratory species of waterfowl. The De Soto which is mostly "pineywoods", covers a gently rolling terrain with stands of longleaf, slash and loblolly pine. The winding streams, unique to the Forest, form bottomlands that grow hardwood timber.

Mississippi's National Park Service sites include Brice's Cross and Tupelo National Battlefields, Natchez National Historic Park, Vicksburg National Military Park, the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, and Gulf Islands National Seashore. Within the Gulf Coast National Seashore, there are sparkling blue waters, magnificent snowy-white beaches, fertile coastal marshes,19th century forts, shaded picnic areas, winding nature trails, and comfortable campgrounds. Brice's Cross and Tupelo National Battlefields, and Vicksburg National Military Park all commemorate the Civil War. Natchez National Historical Park celebrates the history of Natchez, Mississippi and interprets the pivotal role the city played in the settlement of the old southwest, the Cotton Kingdom, and the Antebellum South. The Natchez Trace Parkway generally follows the old Indian trace, or trail, between Nashville, Tenn., and Natchez, Miss. Sections of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail are found alongside the Natchez Trace Parkway near Natchez and Jackson, Mississippi, and Nashville, Tennessee.

Recreation - Secluded areas for hunting and camping, meandering streams for canoeing, placid lakes for swimming, boating, and fishing, and tree-lined trails for hiking or horseback riding are found on the six Forests. The recreation areas on the National Forests in Mississippi enable visitors to enjoy fishing, camping, hiking, swimming, and other outdoor activities.

Recreation activities on the Park Service sites in Mississippi is as varied as the sites themselves. They provide opportunities for walking, hiking, viewing historic sites, and picnicking. The Gulf Coast National Seashore offers more opportunities than the other sites, including camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, bird watching, walking, and historical sight-seeing at the forts.

Climate - Mississippi's winter climate is generally mild with the coldest months experiencing low temperatures near 40 degrees F. Summer temperatures frequently reach 100 degrees, with coastal breezes providing cooling relief. Humidity is highest in August and September, reaching an average close to 90%. The highest rainfall comes during the spring months, but December and January are wet, too. Expect temperatures in the northeastern region to be somewhat cooler than the rest of the state.

Location - Mississippi's six National Forests and its National Park sites are dispersed over the entire state. A map is a available on each page describing an individual forest or activity within a forest.

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Filed By: Del W. Brealand (Frederick, MD)
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Report: I am a Boy Scouts and 28 of us traveled to Black Creek Trail in February 2006 for12 days. It was what we expected because other scouts that visited the trail. Over all, it was not that bad; because we needed some hardship experience in the wildernesses. The weather was great and no bugs. We didn't see any snaks, but we saw lots of other wild life, i.e., brown bears, deer, ribbits, squirrels, turkey, quails, doves, armydellers etc. Our biggest reward was doing resarch on vegetation as well as boating in Black Creek. Toughest part, the trail was somewhat poorly marked but we had GPS, no big problem. We met some hikers (15 - 20) every day. The best way to go is to HWY 29 from Wiggins to Black Creek Bridge. You can find the trails near the bridge. Planty of places to pitch a tents. We cooked out own meals most of the time and dinned in Wiggins a few nights. If you like wild life and tough wildernesses, this must be the place for you. We all enjoyed it

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Mississippi - Mississippi lies in the heart of the American deep south. It has an overwhelmingly rural population with the majority of people living in the southern half of the state.

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