Tombigbee National Forest
|Tombigbee National Forest|
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Lakeside Trail winding around Choctaw Lake, Tombigbee National Forest.
|Nearest city||Tupelo, MS|
|Area||67,005 acres (271.16 km2)|
|Established||November 27, 1959|
|Governing body||U.S. Forest Service|
Tombigbee National Forest is a U.S. National Forest in eastern and northeastern Mississippi. It is named for the nearby Tombigbee River. It is divided geographically into two non-contiguous sections. The larger southern section, about 60% of the total acreage, is located north of Louisville, in parts of Winston, Choctaw, and Oktibbeha counties in eastern Mississippi. The smaller northern section, about 40% of the total acreage, is located northeast of Houston, in parts of Chickasaw and Pontotoc counties in northeastern Mississippi. As a whole the forest lies, in descending order of land area, in Winston, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Pontotoc, and Oktibbeha counties. The forest has a total area of 67,005 acres (105 sq mi, or 271 km²). Headquarters of forest administration is in Jackson, as are those for all six National Forests in Mississippi, but local ranger district offices are located in Ackerman.
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