Tombigbee National Forest

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Tombigbee National Forest
A photo of Choctaw Lake and the surrounding forest taken from above the spillway
Choctaw Lake
Map showing the location of Tombigbee National Forest
Map showing the location of Tombigbee National Forest
LocationMississippi, United States
Nearest cityTupelo, MS
Coordinates33°59′32″N 88°55′03″W / 33.992323°N 88.917482°W / 33.992323; -88.917482Coordinates: 33°59′32″N 88°55′03″W / 33.992323°N 88.917482°W / 33.992323; -88.917482
Area67,005 acres (271.16 km2)[1]
EstablishedNovember 27, 1959[2]
Governing bodyU.S. Forest Service
WebsiteNational Forests in Mississippi

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; the forest contains the Owl Creek Mounds, which include five platform mounds built between 1100 and 1200 CE.[3]


  1. ^ "Land Areas of the National Forest System" (PDF). U.S. Forest Service. January 2012. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  2. ^ "The National Forests of the United States" (PDF). Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "Owl Creek Site". National Park Service. Archived from the original on October 26, 2014. Retrieved October 26, 2014.

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