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Adventure Town: Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Plan a long weekend getaway with our Hattiesburg adventure guide, featuring great outdoor escapes, where to stay, and where to eat.

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Kayaking rapids on the Okatoma, outside Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Pop. 51,993
GPS: 31°18'N 89°18'W

Hattiesburg still clings to its rich, cultural roots. You can browse the grand Tudor and Victorian homes lining the elegant, oak-edged streets; drive along the Freedom Summer Trail, a tour of 15 sites integral in the civil rights movement; and listen to tunes at the Saenger Theater, a restored 1929 art deco movie house that still plays its original Robert Morton pipe organ.


Bike the Longleaf Trace, a 41-mile (66-kilometer) park created from an abandoned railroad line ( Kayak Black Creek, a Wild and Scenic river that flows along the De Soto National Forest's Black Creek Hiking Trail; Black Creek Canoe Rental provides boats and shuttles from $32 a day (


The Crescent City Grill serves up gourmet Southern comfort favorites like fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and the local specialty: crispy fried Mississippi Delta catfish (


Ash-leah Manor, an estate on the outskirts of the Timberton Golf Club greens, offers bed and breakfast for a steal (doubles from $89;