Local Spotlight: DeSoto National Forest

DeSoto National Forest

The United States of America is filled with beautiful rivers, mountains, beaches, and other landmarks. One of our country’s many treasures is DeSoto National Forest. It includes hundreds of thousands of acres of streams and trees, preserving some of Mississippi’s pristine wild. And for us lucky Hattiesburg residents, it’s close by too!

More on DeSoto National Forest

You can thank the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation for keeping the DeSoto National Forest protected. Ever since 1936, they’ve helped take care of this local treasure, preserving it for future generations.

The forest, which was given the name after Hernando de Soto, stretches over a total 810-square-miles. It also holds a wide spectrum of diverse plants and animals. If you visit, you may spot endangered critters like the red-cockaded woodpecker and gopher frog. The area also earned recognition for its protection efforts on behalf longleaf pine trees.

What can you do at DeSoto National Forest?

DeSoto is a refuge for wildlife and plant life. It also offers plenty of fun activities for its visitors! They include:

  • Wildlife watching;
  • Fishing on Black Creek;
  • Biking trails;
  • Camping;
  • Two different hiking trails;
  • Group shelters;
  • Yearly events;
  • Canoeing at Black Creek;
  • Picnic areas;
  • Horse-riding trails.

Visiting Details

You can find beautiful DeSoto National Forest off of Highway 29 in Brooklyn, Mississippi. Though developed recreation areas are closed right now due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you can still support DeSoto National Forest by donating to the National Forest Foundation through their website. You can even give donations specifically designed to plant more trees! That means that you have done an important job: protecting our earth for the next generation to enjoy it just as much as we have.


A famous Chinese proverb goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” The DeSoto National Forest highlights that important philosophy—one we can all contribute to! And if you’ve ever visited the forest, you know just how worth it that work is!

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