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Desoto National Forest

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De Soto National Forest, named for 16th-century explorer Hernando de Soto, is 518,587 acre of pine forests in southern Mississippi.

It is one of the most important protected areas for the biological diversity of the Gulf Coast ecoregion of North America. It is a nationally important site for protection of longleaf pine savannas, pine flatwoods, and longleaf pine forests.

With several trails for hiking and running, De Soto National Forest is a great destination for nature enthusiasts.