Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory

September's Must-Stay Parks:
Paul B. Johnson

Located in the heart of Mississippi’s pine belt region Paul B. Johnson State Park is the gateway to a natural wonderland marked by majestic long-leaf and loblolly pines, delicate dogwoods, and ancient oaks. The deep forests surrounding Paul B. Johnson provide a picturesque setting for a variety of
outdoor activities. The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is just a 20-minute drive north, making Paul B. Johnson State Park the perfect place to spend a football weekend.

Location: Paul B. Johnson is located fifteen miles south of Hattiesburg on Highway 49. The park office is open 8:00-5:00 daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Primitive Camping: 25 sites in a secluded, pastoral setting on Lake Geiger are set aside for tent camping, affording maximum privacy. Water and a bathhouse featuring hot showers and restrooms are available near the primitive camping areas.

Developed Camping: A scenic hill top shaded by stately pines provides the setting for 125 RV camping pads. All pads have electricity (30 or 50 amp), water and sewer hook-ups. Picnic tables and grills are located throughout the developed camping area, which also features a central sewage dumping station and three bathhouses. The RV campground offers a private beach and swimming area.

Group Camping: Located across Geiger Lake from the main park area. Paul B. Johnson’s group camp facilities accommodate up to 150 in dormitory-style housing, with separate counselor’s quarters. Meals are served cafeteria-style in the dining hall, or in a large outdoor pavilion. A multipurpose playing field and private swimming area complete the group setting. Campers must furnish their own linens, pillows, towels, soap, and other personal items. Reservations are required.

Cabins: Paul B. Johnson features 16 vacation cabins, all offering direct access to Lake Geiger. Each cabin accommodates four or six persons, and is furnished with bed and bath linens and basic kitchen equipment. All cabins are air-conditioned and heated; four cabins feature fireplaces.
Reservations are strongly recommended.

Fishing and Water Sports: Lake Geiger offers 300 acres of fresh water for fishing and water sports. The lake is well-stocked with bass, crappie, catfish, and bream.

A Mississippi fishing license is required for all persons between the ages of 16 and 65. License may be purchased at the park office for a nominal fee. A boat ramp and dock are available for those who wish to launch ski boats.

Picnic Facilities: 50 picnic sites with grills line the edge of Lake Geiger, and six large picnic pavilions are available by reservation for large group outings and family reunions.

Nature Trail: The “Trail of the Southern Pines” provides an interesting and educational look at Mississippi plant, bird, and animal life. The well-marked nature trail features two lookout towers providing a wonderful overall view of the wilderness. A trail brochure is available from park office.

Disc Golf Course: Mississippi’s first public 23 basket disc golf course, known as the Desert Fox Disc Golf Course, has played host to the world’s largest attendance Ice Bowl tournament in January and host the Mississippi State Championships in June. Park office sells and rents disc golf equipment.

Visitor’s Center/Meeting Rooms: The Visitor’s Center houses the park office, a souvenir area carrying a variety of Mississippi items, a game room featuring video games and pool tables, and a sundeck.

The flags of the United States are in a permanent exhibit contained in the Visitor’s Center, and a brochure describing each flag and its place in American history is available at the reception desk. Paul B. Johnson features a meeting room accommodating up to 70 people. Catering service is available for clubs, organizations, and businesses.

Area Attractions The following attractions are located within a short drive of Paul B. Johnson State Park. The park staff will be happy to provide you with directions.

Camp Shelby National Guard Military Base (Tours by appointment)
Chickasawhay, Leaf River, Little Biloxi, Marion County, Red Creek, Old River, and Wolf River Wildlife Management Areas
Desoto National Forest
Golf Courses
Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood
Kamper Park Zoo (Hattiesburg)
Little Black Creek Canoe Float Trip
University of Southern Mississippi (USM)

Mailing Address:
319 Geiger Lake Road
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39401
Telephone:(601) 582-7721

Donald Campbell

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