Paul B. Johnson State Park Updated:06/2016

This State Park is the gateway to a natural wonderland. Marked by majestic longleaf and loblolly pine, dogwood, and ancient oak, the deep forests surrounding the park provide a picturesque setting for various outdoor activities. The "Trail of the Southern Pines" provides a fascinating and enlightening look at Mississippi plant, bird, and animal life.

Located in the heart of Mississippi's pine belt region, Paul B. Johnson State Park is the gateway to a natural wonderland marked by majestic long-leaf and loblolly pines, delicate dogwoods, and ancient oaks. The deep forests surrounding Paul B. Johnson provides a picturesque setting for a variety of outdoor activities. The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is just a 20-minute drive to the north, making Paul B. Johnson State Park the perfect place to spend a football weekend.

Directions and Park Map

Day Use

A day-use entry fee is charged on a per vehicle basis.

  • Entrance $4 and $.50 per person over 6 people.

Things to Do

A variety of recreational activities and facilities are available at Paul B. Johnson State Park. Facilities for use include: visitor center and gameroom, picnic tables and grills, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, splash pad, disc golf, swimming, and nature trails. Fishing, boating, and water skiing are available on Geiger Lake, a 225 acre fresh water lake.

Park Photo Albums

Photo albums include pictures of park amenities, cabins, and facilities.

Stay the Night

There are several options when it comes to staying overnight. The park offers 125 RV campsites, 25 primitive tent campsites, 16 cabins, 3 cottages, and a group camp facility. These facilities are located in wooded areas with views of Geiger Lake.

Reservations are encouraged. Reservations can be made by calling the park at (601) 582-7721 or by online reservations. Our online reservation system is hosted by Reserve America.

Things to Know

Park Events 

Easter Festival
Easter egg hunt held on the Saturday before Easter.
$4.00 entry per vehicle (up to 6 people) 

Fireworks Display
July 4, 2016 9:00 pm
Fireworks display over Geiger Lake on the evening of July 4th.
$6.00 entry per vehicle (up to 6 people)

Fall Festival - October 2016
Features a fishing rodeo, games, costume contest, and hay ride.

New Year Eve's Fireworks Show 
December 31, 2016  


Contact Paul B. Johnson State Park

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Contact Paul B. Johnson State Park

319 Geiger Lake Road
Hattiesburg, MS  39401
Phone: (601) 582-7721

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