Holly Springs National Forest

Sign marking Holly Springs National Forest

Holly Springs National Forest is a 155,661-acre property in two non-contiguous parcels in northern Mississippi. The Forest Service proclamation zone is significantly larger but that's because the Forest Service land is a patchwork of abandoned properties interspersed with privately held farms and ranches. The Forest was established in 1936, an amalgamation of abandoned, over-worked farmland that was being heavily eroded after decades of bad agricultural practices.

The Civilian Conservation Corps planted loblolly pine seedlings all over the place, in addition to building various facilities in the campgrounds and recreation areas. Loblolly pine seedlings were used because they were easy to transport and plant, they were suitable for the depleted soils they would be growing in and they dropped massive amounts of needles, which were good for controlling the erosion problem.

In 1983 the Reagan Administration proposed auctioning off the entire forest area as a means of raising money without raising taxes. He ended up cutting Health Services and Education and raised taxes any way.

Holly Springs Ranger District Recreation Areas

Recreation Area Features
Chewalla Lake Recreation Area Camping, Swimming, Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking
North Cypress Non-Motorized Trail Hiking, Biking, Picnicking, Horse Trail
Puskus Lake Recreation Area Camping, Picnicking, Hiking, Fishing
Tillatoba Lake Recreation Area Picnicking, Fishing
Wolf River Swamp in the northern part of Holly Springs National Forest
Wolf River Swamp

Upper photo courtesy of Wikipedia userid Fredlyfish4, CCA-by-SA 3.0 license
Upper left photo courtesy of the US Forest Service
Lower photo is courtesy of Gary Bridgman, CCA-by-SA 3.0 License