The Bienville National Forest was established on June 15, 1936, and covers a total area of 178,541 acres. The forest is located in East-central Mississippi and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. To access the national forest, you can drive from cities in the area like Forest City Jackson, and Meridian or from Raleigh town. The national forest can be located using US 80, MS 18, MS 35, and I-20.
The national forest has several unique features that make it attractive to visitors including three designated wildlife management areas including Caney Creek, Bienville, and Tallahala. These Wildlife Management Areas offer excellent hunting opportunities for wild turkey, white-tailed deer, and other small game animals. If you choose to hunt in the forest, ensure that you get a license to do so.
Within the Bienville National Forest, you will also find the Harrell Prairie Hill Botanical Area which is a remnant of Jackson Prairie natural grassland that is surrounded by forest. The forest is also home to the largest block of old-growth timber in Mississippi, which encompasses a total area of 189 acres.
Besides hunting and enjoying the nature around you, you can also get to enjoy other recreational activities including swimming, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, and hiking. There are several facilities in the forest available for use by visitors but the primary ones include a boat launch, two campgrounds, picnic sites, and trails.
Bringing your dog to the Bienville National Forest is allowed although you have to be aware of some restrictions that could curtail your experience of the forest resources with your dog. Some basic rules you need to know about regarding your dog are as follows. First, you have to bag your dog’s poop right away and dispose of the dog poop in the right manner.
Additionally, you are expected to keep your dog well-behaved at all times while at the Bienville National Forest. This means that you should prevent your dog from frightening wildlife in the forest and prevent your dog from harming protected plants. As such, you should also be aware of the areas of the forest that you are allowed (or not allowed) to venture with your dog.