Hattiesburg MS is a picture of the new South—a place where education, health care and tourism complement a strong industrial base. The city is the home of Camp Shelby, a military mobilization center and National Guard training site, as well as the University of Southern Mississippi. Whether those are the reasons you’re coming to town or you’re looking for a fun, friendly place to explore, Hattiesburg has plenty to enjoy. Located 70 miles straight north of Gulfport and the beach, the town has a lot to offer on its own terms.
Every city in the South has a long story, and Hattiesburg MS is no exception. Its military history is told at several places, including Camp Shelby’s Mississippi Armed Forces Museum. Since opening in 1917, Camp Shelby has served a number of purposes, including training the 100th Battalion for World War II. In downtown Hattiesburg, the African American Military History Museum also shares the story of Mississippi’s military roots. From there, it’s not far to the Hattiesburg Area Historical Society Museum. Its exhibit detail the history of Hattiesburg, before its establishment in 1874 to the arrival of the railroad up to Civil Rights and today. To add some fun to mix, you could take a stroll through the Hattiesburg zoo.
Whether your idea of outdoor recreation is manicured fairways or off-the-beaten-path trails, you’ll find the perfect place to go outside in and around town. Eight golf courses are located in the immediate area, suitable for all levels of play. The DeSoto National Forest is another place for outdoor fun, along with Paul B. Johnson State Park. Its lake is perfect for boating and swimming, while its campground handles everything from tents to RVs. The Hattiesburg MS recreation scene also includes water slides and paddling.
Hotels & Lodging
With nearly 2,000 hotel rooms spread among 24 different properties, it’s easy to find a place to stay in Hattiesburg MS. Candlewood Suites is designed for extended stays. But even if you’re in town for a short time, you’ll appreciate the extra space and kitchen at this hotel in the heart of downtown. Other properties, like the Comfort Inn University also provide hospitality. It’s located right along Interstate 59, offering easy access to the Gulf Coast or Jackson.