Shopping, dining, and attending fabulous events are absolute must-dos when you’re visiting Laurel and Jones County, MS, but don’t underestimate the power of getting back to nature during your next visit to the New State of Jones.
Explore a National Forest
Having a National Forest right here in our backyard is something very special. Birding, hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, and even horseback riding are all available at Desoto National Forest. For information on camping, trails, and recreation opportunities available, start here.
Are you a runner? Ultra-runners love the The Carl Touchstone Memorial Mississippi Trail 50 which is held in early March each year on the Longleaf Horse Trail in the De Soto National Forest just south of Laurel, MS. Participants take in the beautiful natural scenery during the 20K, 50K, or 50 Mile run. The trails are great for training throughout the year as well!
Visitors love the picturesque Mississippi countryside and abundant fishing waters of Big Creek Water Park located in Soso, MS. Featuring a 200-acre lake, campgrounds, picnic tables, and one of the oldest cedars in the state of Mississippi, Big Creek has something for every type of explorer, vacationer, birding enthusiast, fisherman, and even history lover!
Cast Your Line
Lake Bogue Homa is an 882-acre lake located in Jones County, about 6 miles east of Laurel on Hwy 84. It is the largest state fishing lake operated by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, and a popular place to reel in catfish, bream, largemouth bass, and crappie.
Three handicapped access fishing piers are available, and the 3 boat ramps can accommodate boats of all sizes. What’s biting now, you ask? The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks has the most up-to-date fishing reports available! A fishing license is required so be sure to obtain yours here.
Zip Through the Woods
If you’re ready for a thrill, Bar-T Adventure is an Outdoor Adventure Ministry which is ideal for groups of 12 or more (although they will make special accommodations for smaller groups). Plan a customized program for your family reunion, girls group, or school trip where you’ll experience a ropes course, climbing wall, zip line, and more!
Picture (& Picnic) Perfect Parks
Many of our parks are ideal for all of your picnic needs. Grab some breakfast or lunch to go from our local eateries, then gather in the Trustmark Art Park, Eulicd Park, Leontyne Price Music Park, or Gardiner Park for a beautiful and serene setting that’s sure to be picnic perfect! Throughout town, you’ll find many more local parks featuring playgrounds, swings, walking paths, and something for everyone in your crew.
Want more ideas on things to do while you’re visiting Laurel and Jones County, MS? Check out our list of recreational and outdoor activities. Don’t forget about our awesome outdoor events and festivals throughout the year!