Stay and play in Stone County.
Plenty of great fields and a forest that’s a national treasure.
With beautiful beaches of the Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coast only 35 miles away, Stone County has plenty of ways to play without leaving home:
The Pine Burr Golf Club: Pine Burr bills itself as “the public course with a private feel,” and you’ll most likely agree once you’re out on the links, immersed in making your shots on this well-designed 18-hole course set amid rolling hills and towering pines.
Team venues: Whatever your “sphere” of interest, Stone County says, Play Ball! Well-appointed facilities cater to baseball, softball and t-ball with Hood, McHenry and Magnolia Ball Fields, while the Jerry J. Fairley Recreation and Sports Complex offers facilities for soccer and basketball along with a newly appointed playground.. The Reynolds Field Recreation Complex hosts football and soccer action on a 10-acre property where visitors can also go rolling at a skate park or strolling on a walking trail. Facilities also include picnic areas and a pavilion furnished with barbecue grills. An adjacent walking and bike trail gets you to Flint Creek and Downtown Wiggins.
McHenry Walking and Exercise Park and Kaboom! Playground: Give your brain a good workout at the McHenry Public Library, then step over to the adjacent walking trail with fitness stations and Kaboom Playground to energize the rest of your person. A partnership between the Stone Co. Supervisors and SCEDP have enable the recent addition of a Splash Park.
Blaylock Park: At Blaylock, it’s a love match on tennis courts, walking path and playground. Currently under construction, a beautiful pavillion is being added to enhance the offerings in Downtown Wiggins.
Flint Creek Reservoir: Although you will find a splash park, set aside your ideas about “water park.” Flint Creek is an entire territory of terrific—1900 sprawling acres, including a 640-acre lake with 13 miles of shoreline. There’s also a lodge hall, cabins, campgrounds, camping spurs, primitive campsites. Rough it or enjoy all the comforts of home, including cable tv, and seven bathhouses. A Pat Harrison Waterway District facility.
DeSoto National Forest: At over half a million acres, DeSoto is an unlimited resource for nature lovers and fans of outdoor fun—hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking, horseback or ATV riding, water fun and more. Come explore:
DeSoto National Forest: Timeless treasure, unlimited adventures.
There’s something that feels eternal about a magnificent stand of longleaf pines, the trees towering yet almost delicate, reaching for the blue sky with branches of gently clustered needles. At one time longleaf pine forests carpeted huge swaths—as much as 90 million acres—of southern and coastal America. Today, however, only 3% of those forests are left. That’s one of the myriad reasons why DeSoto National Forest ranks as a genuine treasure.
But then the riches of DeSoto National Forest are as delightful as they are diverse. By acreage, DeSoto is big: Over half a million acres. By importance, it’s also huge: A nationally significant site for its longleaf pine savannas and forests, and for its rare and endangered species of orchids, turtles, frogs and more.
And when it comes defining DeSoto by fun? Well, now you’re talking massive: Camping, canoeing, fishing, hunting, hiking, riding (on ATV or horseback), wildlife viewing, photography and more. Birds in DeSoto include red-cockaded woodpecker, brow-headed nuthatch, and Bachman sparrow; fun lovers are too varied to classify!
With two protected wilderness areas—Black Creek Wilderness and Leaf River Wilderness—and the Black Creek, Mississippi’s only designated National Wild and Scenic River, DeSoto’s stock of liquid and landscape assets brims with exciting possibilities.
A few visitor favorites:
Bethel Mountain Biking Trail: 18 miles of pleasurable pedaling through varied terrain and topography.
Black Creek Wilderness Hiking Trail: One of the finest trails in the Southeast, this 41-mile federally designated wilderness hiking trail takes you through stunning landscapes alongside the only river accorded the designation of National Wild and Scenic River.
Bethel ATV trail: Rev it up over 37 miles divided into north and south loops.
Black Creek Scenic River and Float: 100 dazzlingly scenic miles through beautiful landscape and diverse wildlife. Explore by canoe or kayak.
Cypress Creek Landing: Outfitted with a boat ramp and picnic areas, Cypress Creek is a great place for canoeing and tubing, fishing, swimming and picnicking.
Red Creek: Red Creek is a coastal blackwater stream that forms near Lumberton in Lamar County and ends when it meets Black Creek near the Pascagoula River in Jackson County. It gets its name from the reddish stain that naturally-occurring tannins impart to the water. Breathtaking float trips and areas of beach along the way.
McHenry Shooting Range: Fine tune your shooting skills. Whether you want to get more proficient with your bow, sight in a new rifle or hone yourshotgun skills, McHenry Range is the place to go. It offers pistol ranges, rifle ranges at different distances, archery ranges, skeet range, trap range and a 5 stand clay range.
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