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Play Outdoors in HBURG

Dog days of summer? No way! In fact, summer months are perfect for enjoying many of Hattiesburg’s outdoor activities, and long days of sunshine really mean one thing: more time to play!



Splish splash down cool creeks: While Hattiesburg has been built up around its Historic Downtown, world-class medical facilities, and two universities, just outside of town, you’ll find abundant opportunities for play in the great outdoors. Black Creek Canoe Rentals and Okatoma Outdoor Post are just two options close by for canoe and kayak rentals that are fun for the whole family. A more seasoned kayaker? Take a trip on the Pinebelt Blueways, a combined 54 miles of waterway on the Leaf and Bouie Rivers. There’s nothing better than paddling downstream on a hot afternoon, so what are you waiting for? Head to Hattiesburg now to get your feet wet.




Pace the Trace: You’ve paddled your way around South Mississippi, so why not stretch your legs for a bit? The Longleaf Trace, which runs west from Downtown Hattiesburg through the city to Prentiss, offers a shady and serene setting for bikers and runners, and even equestrian lovers. The paved path follows an old railroad line for 44-miles of scenic views of local vegetation and wildlife. Pack a picnic to enjoy the Trace at a leisurely pace or grab your bike and race your closest friends. Whichever way you choose to visit the Longleaf Trace is sure to leave you satisfied.  

Longleaf Trace 


Take a walk on the wild side: With more than 100 species of animals, a high ropes adventure course, and a new giraffe exhibit, you can reach new heights at the Hattiesburg Zoo. You’ll find jaguars, tigers, a sloth family, a baby wallaby, and more! The Zoo, which is located near The University of Southern Mississippi and Downtown Hattiesburg, is the ideal family outing. Admission is only $5 and includes hours of fun and making memories.




Play 18 (Or the back 9): A major draw to Hattiesburg is its many golf courses, including championship options. Whether you’re looking to make a day of it with a few friends or just want to squeeze in the back 9 on a free afternoon, golfers have plenty of courses from which to choose. Visitors can check out Shadow Ridge and Timberton near Midtown. Local? Private courses like Canebrake and the Hattiesburg Country Club offer even more options. Want to try your hand at disc golf? No worries! Tatum Park has a beautiful course that is free to play. With a bright blue sky overhead, you’re on par for a great day on the green in HBURG.




To see a complete list of all the best restaurants, hotels, activities, and events going down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, check out VisitHBURG.org today.