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Discover Paul B Johnson State Park

The sun-dappled forests and freshwater lake of Paul B. Johnson State Park provide a picturesque setting for a myriad of outdoor pursuits, including hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, and more. The park is named after the 46th governor of Mississippi and showcases the natural beauty of the state's Pine Belt region. As you explore the park, you'll find yourself in a wonderland of towering longleaf and loblolly pines, interspersed with majestic oaks and blooming dogwoods.

Planning a road trip in the Magnolia State? Book an RV in Forrest County and you can enjoy a nature-filled getaway at Paul B. Johnson State Park. Keep reading to discover the best time to visit Paul B. Johnson State Park and how to make the most of your stay. With a home on wheels, you'll also enjoy the freedom to camp at the De Soto National Forest, Gulf Islands National Seashore, and other Mississippi gems.

Getting Outdoors

Set on the shores of Geiger Lake, Paul B. Johnson State Park is a fantastic place to soak up the Mississippi sunshine. The park offers a handful of swimming areas where you can cool off in the lake or relax on the sand. The shoreline is dotted with picnic tables, pavilions, and grills – perfect for enjoying lunch by the lake.

Beyond swimming and sunbathing, the 225-acre freshwater lake is a hub for watersports. Zoom around the lake on a water ski or enjoy a leisurely paddle in a kayak or canoe. Anglers will jump at the chance to reel in Florida largemouth bass, coppernose bluegill, crappie, shell cracker, and channel catfish.

Scenic nature trails wind through the park and are a great way to discover the lush Pine Belt ecosystem. Playgrounds and a splash pad provide hours of entertainment for the kids. You'll also find the 27-hole Desert Fox Disc Golf Course, one of the top courses in the state. Paul B. Johnson State Park runs family-friendly events throughout the year, including the colorful Easter Festival and patriotic Fourth of July celebrations. In October, the Fall Festival features games, costume competitions, hayrides, and a fishing contest.

Camping at Paul B. Johnson State Park

Set in a picturesque woodland, the Paul B. Johnson State Park Campground offers 125 RV campsites, as well as tent campsites, cabins, cottages, and a group facility. The best sites are set by Geiger Lake and treat Paul B. Johnson State Park campers to gorgeous views. Private picnic tables make it easy to enjoy your meals outdoors. All sites feature full hookups, as well as access to modern bathroom facilities with toilets and showers. There's a sanitation station for RVs, as well as laundry facilities to freshen up clothes and sheets.

Paul B. Johnson State Park can accommodate rental RVs of up to 75 feet in length, making it a good option for larger rigs. Pets are welcome, so why not bring along Fido on your next RV camping getaway? The campground is open throughout the year, with reservations available up to 24 months in advance. At just 20 minutes south of the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), Paul B. Johnson State Park is popular with football fans in search of affordable accommodation. It's best to book in advance if you're planning on attending a game or traveling over a busy football weekend.

Exploring the Area

A ten-mile drive north, Hattiesburg offers a glimpse of the rich history and heritage of the Gulf Coast region. The city was founded in 1884 and is anchored by a characterful downtown core filled with Victorian buildings. Today, many have been reimagined as cafes, boutiques, and restaurants. There's even an urban brewery where you can embrace the state's booming craft beer scene. History buffs will love visiting the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum and Civil Rights Movement sites. Families make a beeline for the Hattiesburg Zoo, a 12-acre attraction where you can get up close with Sumatran tigers, jaguars, sloths, lemurs, and other exotic animals.

For more gorgeous Pine Belt scenery, head to the De Soto National Forest. There are hiking trails for every fitness level, as well as scenic paddling routes and excellent fishing. The landscape is incredibly diverse, ranging from pine groves and oak forests to cypress swamps and sun-drenched savannas. Gas, groceries, and other motorhome camping essentials can be found in nearby cities like Hattiesburg and Wiggins. If you're looking to rent a motorhome near Paul B. Johnson State Park, consider major cities such as New Orleans, Mobile, and Gulfport. You'll also find a good selection of campervan rentals in Jackson, the state capital.

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