- Hattiesburg offers a variety of recreational, cultural, education and historical choices. Whether it's golfing on one of the area's fine courses or shopping for antiques, Hattiesurg offers something for everyone fine courses or shopping for antiques, Hattiesburg offers something for everyone.
The Hattiesburg area offers museums & galleries, historic sites parks & zoo, camping & water parks, canoeing and hiking in National Forests and State Parks.
This growing area includes Hattiesburg, Forrest County and neighboring Lamar County, has a combined population of more than 100,000 residents and is the third largest city in Mississippi.
Recreation - Within the Hattiesburg area there are many opportunities to explore. The State Parks around Hattiesburg are Clarco State Park, Lake Lincoln State Park to the north, Buccaneer State Park to the south, Paul B. Johnson State Park to the south and Percy Quinn State Park to the west. South of Hattiesburg, along the shore and in the Gulf Of Mexico is the Gulf Island National Seashore.
In addition there is one National Forest for outdoor activities. Divided into two sections the De Soto National Forest is to the east and south of Hattiesburg. Within the forest are the Leaf River Wildlife Management Area, the Little Biloxi Wildlife Management area and the Red Creek Wildlife Management Area. Just outside and to the south is the Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area and the Ward Bayou Wildlife Management Area. and the Old River Wildlife Management Area. To the north is the Chickasaw Wildlife Management Area. West of Hattiesburg is the Marion County Wildlife Management Area.
For fishing there are several lakes to try. Northwest of Hattiesburg are Lake Mike Conner, Lake Jeff Davis and Lake Mary Crawford. West of Hattiesburg are Lake Bill Waller, Lake Columbia and Lake Walthall.
Southeast of Hattiesburg is the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge and the Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
There are several of Pat Harrison's Waterways in the area. To the south are Flint Creek Waterway and Bluff Creek Waterway. To the west is Little Black Creek Waterway and to the northeast are Archusa Creek Waterway, Maynor Creek Waterway and Big Creek Waterway.
Climate - Mississippi generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Freezing temperatures are possible in the winter. Thunderstorms and are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.
Hattiesburg is a small city located in the southeast region of Mississippi, approximately 35 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and 25 miles from the western border of Alabama.