The Hattiesburg Community
Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services treatment facilities are nestled in Hattiesburg because it is a great place to live and to recover! The National Arbor Day Foundation named Hattiesburg as Tree City USA in 2013, the 11th year that Hattiesburg received national recognition. Hattiesburg was designated a 2011 Healthy Hometown by Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Mississippi. National Geographic lists Hattiesburg as one of America's Best Adventure Towns. In 2010, the Mississippi Municipal League gave Hattiesburg the Excellence Award in the City Spirit Category for the R3SM Volunteer House. We have an excellent standard of living as evidenced by short commuting time to anywhere in the city, moderate cost of living, and low crime rates. We have many state of the art medical services and facilities including those at Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic. Local schools of higher education include The University of Southern Mississippi (USM or Southern Miss) and William Carey University as well as community colleges.
Hattiesburg offers numerous recreational activities. There is a 42-mile long “rails to trails” project called Longleaf Trace that starts in Hattiesburg and heads west. The Hattiesburg Zoo is home to nearly 80 species of animals from around the world and provides visitors with “edZOOcation.” It features a train and carousel, splash pad and mining sluice, petting zoo, concession stand and gift shop and picnic area. There are several golf courses in the community that are open year-round including the Timberton course, ranked third in the state. Sports fans will enjoy Southern Miss football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, and softball. There are theater, music, dance, and art exhibits in the community and at the universities. Shopping options include antique stores, malls, boutiques, and variety of unique local discount stores.
Hattiesburg has a historic downtown area that is being revitalized with restaurants, shops, the restored Saenger Theater, and galleries. It is home to a beautiful new city library, excellent restaurants that serve fresh Gulf seafood and Creole and Cajun dishes. Hattiesburg is also home to a historic neighborhood district adjacent to downtown that is comprised of houses and other buildings constructed in a variety of architectural styles from the late 1800s and the early 1900s. In 2011, the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood, home to almost 1,000 residents, was the only Mississippi community to be declared a Great Neighborhood by the American Planning Association. The downtown area hosts arts and music festivals several times a year and many other cultural events are held locally and regionally throughout the year. One of these is the city-wide celebration: FestivalSouth which completed it's sixth exciting season in June 2015. FestivalSouth is Mississippi's only multi-week, multi-genre arts festival, offering both free and ticketed events to local residents and cultural tourists. Presented by the Hattiesburg Concert Association (HCA), the festival offers events from across the spectrum of the arts – music, dance, art, and theatre. Festival South has grown into one of South Mississippi's premier summer festivals, and each year new and exciting events are added to the two-week festival.
Myriad outdoor activities are available within a 30-mile radius of Hattiesburg. If you are interested in hiking, Hattiesburg is located 25 miles north of the DeSoto National Forest. The Black Creek Ranger District within the DeSoto National Forest offers three hiking trails ranging from .2 miles to 40 miles through a beautiful pine forest. Canoeing is another activity available on the Okatoma River, which is 15 miles north of Hattiesburg. The Okatoma is the only class 1A white-water river in Mississippi. It is a pristine river with sandbars, waterfalls, shoals, bluffs, and high banks. Waterparking and camping are also available at the Paul B. Johnson State Park and a variety of other facilities within 20 miles. Opportunities for hunting and fishing abound locally and regionally. Detailed information regarding many of these outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing licensing, is available from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.
Hattiesburg is home to the African American Military History Museum, the Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby, and the USM Museum of Art. About 30 miles north in Laurel Mississippi is the Lauren Rogers Art Museum, a charming private museum with both local and national art. Hattiesburg is also within a two hour drive or less of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Jackson, New Orleans, and Mobile, AL. Numerous cultural and entertainment options can be found in these larger cities. Hattiesburg is a three hour drive to the beautiful beaches in Gulf Shores, AL.
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