Holly Springs National Forest

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Holly Springs National Forest


(601) 965-1600


Things To Do


The Holly Springs National Forest, located in north- central Mississippi, provides a public treasure of sparkling small lakes nestled among the lovely greens of upland hardwoods, pine forests, and unique bottomlands. This national forest may be easy to consider as just ordinary. That is hardly the case! The Holly Springs National Forest works towards encouraging the native communities, eliminating non-native invasive species like kudzu, restoring short leaf pine ecosystems, while providing many services to the public. The Holly Springs National Forest is made up of two units, the Holly Springs in the north and the Yalobusha in the south. The forest covers portions of Benton, Lafayette, Marshall, Tippah, Union, and Yalobusha counties. There are approximately 155,000 acres of national forest land within the proclamation boundary, which occurs within a mosaic of 530,000 acres of private lands.

Map of Holly Springs Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 34.595260, -89.322700



  • Camping

    There are campsites located in the Chewalla Lake and Puskus Lake Recreation Areas.

  • Fishing

    Chewalla, Puskus, and Tillatoba lakes all offer excellent fishing.

  • Hiking

    The Chewalla Lake and Puskus Lake Recreation Areas both have hiking trails, and the North Cypress Non-Motorized Trail offers hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

  • Picnicking

    The recreation areas have developed picnic units.

  • Water Sports

    Chewalla Lake Recreation Area features a beach, perfect for cooling off on hot summer days.

Phone Numbers


(601) 965-1600