DescriptionIn southeastern Mississippi, De Soto National Forest covers 500,487 acres from Laurel to the Gulf of Mexico near Biloxi. Two wilderness areas, the Black Creek and the Leaf, are within the largely pine forest.
A 33-mile float trip on National Scenic River-designated Black Creek can begin from several landing sites. Outdoor enthusiasts take advantage of more than 100 miles of hiking, ATV, horse and bicycle trails and almost a dozen recreational sites; most are classified as primitive, although some have water and restrooms. The Turkey Fork site at Chickasawhay is developed and includes electricity.
For further information contact the Chickasawhay Ranger District, De Soto National Forest, 968 SR 15 S., Laurel, MS 39443; phone (601) 428-0594. The address for the De Soto Ranger District is 654 W. Frontage Rd., Wiggins, MS 39577; phone (601) 528-6160.