Holly Springs National Forest Makes a Great Day Trip from Nesbit


The 155,000-acre Holly Springs National Forest is a vast expanse of rolling hills covered with hardwoods, pine forests, farms and more than 40 lakes. It is known for its wetlands which harbor a diversity of wildlife communities. Here you can hike, boat and swim. The area is a prime example of restored land. Due to the old growth forests being cleared by European settlers, the soils here were eroded before the Forest Service stepped in. BBOnline is glad to show you around this treasured place now so lush with nature's delights.  

Holly Springs National Forest
Potts Camp, Mississippi 38659
www.stateparks.com

Trails, Bird Watching, Boating and Horseback Riding

The Chewalla and Puskus Lake Recreation areas offer beautiful beaches and hiking trails where you can relax, rejuvenate yourself and enjoy life's simple and most precious pleasures.

The 4-mile Chewalla Lake Hiking Trail takes you around the 260-acre lake and into the hills. It's a challenging hike but peaceful since only foot traffic is allowed. You'll discover why the name of this trail is derived from the Choctaw Indian word for "The Supreme Being." You can take a look at the reconstructed Indian burial mound in the campground. There's a lakeside walkway too. All these attractions are close to your cozy Nesbit Bed and Breakfast.

On the Puskas Lake Hiking Trail, you'll learn about the environment through interpretive signs. The beach around this largest of the park's lakes (96 acres) offers opportunities for swimming, tubing and canoeing. It's a serene place, perfect for contemplation. Trees marked with white guide you along the route and the trail is not paved, so you'll feel rejuvenating earth under your feet. You'll hike one-and-a-half miles through gorgeous mature hardwoods and pine trees.

Bird watching is a popular activity on this trail in the Holly Springs National Forest. Apart from wildflowers, dogwoods bloom in the spring; magnolia and fragrant kudzu decorate the forest in the summer. In the fall, the foliage is a burst of red, orange and rusts. This tranquil area has a car and tent campground.

The North Cypress Non-Motorized Trail which traverses a dam on the North Cypress Lake is a 3-mile loop open to horseback riding. The 1.5-mile (roundtrip) Baker’s Pond Hiking Trail leads you through the forest to Baker’s Pond, the headwaters of the Wolf River.

You can go boating on the 40-acre Tillatoba Lake. Most of the Holly Springs National Forest is open to mountain biking and ATVs.

Experience the Old South Near Holly Springs National Forest

While you're here, you may as well visit the town of Holly Springs and see the preserved antebellum homes (homes from before the Civil war). If you're in time for the annual spring Holly Springs Pilgrimage, you'll find the residents dressed in period costume. Take a home and garden tour, visit historic museums, art galleries and the unique shrine to Elvis Presley. The historic square is another interesting spot to explore from your Nesbit Inn.