Tylertown promises campers small-town charm and a gateway to Mississippi’s wild beauty.
Nestled near the border of Mississippi and Louisiana, Tylertown’s three square miles provide a pathway to Mississippi’s vast forests, diverse ecosystems, and pristine lakes (plus larger metro areas such as Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Jackson). Head into the wilderness of nearby De Soto National Forest, the most diverse ecoregion on the Gulf Coast, or Homochitto National Forest and its lakes. Campgrounds in both forests are open for tents and RVs. Farther north, adventure through Bienville National Forest and pitch a tent at a lakeside campsite.
De Soto National Forest features a varied ecosystem of cypress swamps, savanna, hardwood forest, and dry ridges. Campers enjoy canoeing or floating down Black Creek, the only national scenic river in Mississippi. After a creekside adventure, try biking, hunting, angling, canoeing, and ATV riding. Managed campgrounds in De Soto include Big Biloxi Recreation Area, P.O.W. Lake Recreation Area, and several campgrounds along Black Creek. Open year-round, Big Biloxi’s 25 campsites are outfitted with utility hookups as well as convenient dump stations and showers nearby.
About 70 miles west from Tylertown, Homochitto National Forest spans seven counties and over 191,000 acres of rugged terrain for horseback riding, hiking, hunting, and camping. Campers can swim and fish in Okhissa Lake before stopping by Clear Springs Recreation Area’s picnic grounds, man-made lake, hiking trails, and campgrounds—which are the only managed campgrounds in Homochitto. Clear Springs offers sites for tents and RVs, as well as group camping sites, with accessible bathhouses, flush toilets, electric and water hookups, and a sanitary dump station.
Two hours north of Tylertown is Bienville National Forest, a vast wilderness of pine and oak trees that stretches over 175,000 acres. Marathon Lake and Shongelo Lake offer fishing and other water activities, as well as hiking and horseback riding opportunities. Campers can stay at Marathon Recreation Area, which features 34 campsites equipped with water and electric hookups, two bathhouses with hot showers, a boat ramp, and a dumping station.
Tylertown offers year-round activities for all visitors. Campers can enjoy warm, rain-free weather from around March to October. Summer hits an average high of about 91°F, which is a perfect time for campers to cool off in Mississippi lakes. The off-season still sees plenty of activity among campers who enjoy hunting and wildlife. Tylertown and the nearby area rarely see snow in winter. January is the coldest month with an average high of 61°F and an average low of about 41°F.