305 16th Ave. N.
Laurel, MS 39440
Phone: (601) 428-4242
Fax: (601) 428-4242
Surrounded on all sides by lush forests and verdant landscapes, the Paul B. Johnson State Park is a welcoming natural retreat that is conveniently located just a short drive away from the city. The park boasts excellent recreational facilities including a visitors center, beach, boat launch, splash pad, playground, nature trails, disc golf and picnic areas. The lake is a haven for fishers, with ample opportunity to catch crappie, bass, and bream. Developed camp sites and cabins are available as well, for those who would like to spend a few days in the midst of the whispering pines and oaks.
Dunn's Falls is a lovely wildlife refuge and an important piece of the region's industrial history. This magnificent waterfall once powered the Carroll-Richardson Gristmill. Although no longer functional, this historic gristmill still stands and is open for tours. Visually stunning in its pristine beauty, the Dunn's Falls park also offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy a host fun outdoor activities like swimming, hiking and camping. Picnic spots are available as well for day visitors who would like to enjoy a meal beside the soothing sounds of the babbling waterfall.The park is open seasonally so be sure to check their website before planning a visit.
Bienville National Forest is spread over 178,000 acres (72,034 hectares) and is located in the center of Mississippi. It was established in 1934 and was named after French-Canadian soldier Jean Baptiste Bienville. The forest is open to the public and there are a lot of activities like hiking, camping, fishing, horse-back riding and hunting for visitors. The forest is managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture in such a way that conservation is given equal importance as recreation.