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Dispersed camping in Holly Springs Natl. Forest

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#1 sk489

Posted 15 October 2014 - 03:19 PM

Hello! I am hoping to camp in the Holly Springs National Forest in a few weeks, as I make my way west to Oklahoma. I talked with the rangers at the National Forest and they confirmed that most all of the Forest is open to dispersed camping, but they were unable to recommend any particular places camp. They did advise that there are a lot of private in-holdings within the Forest boundary, and that I will need to stay on public land. I am unfamiliar with this area and won't be able to come by until the night I wish to camp.


Having done a lot of dispersed camping in other National Forests, I know there are sometimes unofficially-established areas for primitive camping -- which due to their routine use often have good vehicle access, and suitably flat, open camping areas. Can anyone recommend such a spot in (or near) the Holly Springs National Forest, southeast of Memphis? I tend to prefer sites with more solitude but I'm not picky! Anywhere to rest my head on the long road trip would be great.


Thank you!

#2 BigO

Posted 15 October 2014 - 05:30 PM

Never heard of DISPERSED camping???  I assume that means camping anywhere you want to, vs a designated spot.  Sorry I can not help you, but I am not familiar with that area.  As a general rule, when I have camped in tents in NF, I have looked for places where a river or creek crosses a road.  Normally, someone will have used such spots for camping.

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#3 1010

Posted 15 October 2014 - 07:15 PM

 Where are you coming from.. If you will be on I55, The Tillatoba exit, 5 or six miles east on 330 will take you right past Tillatoba Lake.. You can camp there.. There is a NF sign on the side of the road.. 


 If you will be on HWY 7 just look for the 330 West sign at Coffeeville MS..


This is the southern most area of the HS NF..

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#4 umrebs

Posted 16 October 2014 - 09:13 PM

I'm pretty sure he's talking about the main section of HSNF... Not the smaller southern block near coffeeville...

#5 sk489

Posted 17 October 2014 - 06:50 AM

Yep, ideally it would be that main section of the Forest west of Coffeeville. At this point in my journey, I will be driving U.S. 78 northwest from Tupelo towards Memphis.


And yes, "dispersed camping" is camping without amenities or permits, basically just on a good piece of public land. Here's a USFS description: http://www.fs.usda.g...stelprdb5121831

#6 umrebs

Posted 17 October 2014 - 07:34 AM

if you are talking about the block west of coffeeville, then 1010 was correct. but if you are driving 78 from tupelo to memphis, it looks to me like you would be using the main block of HSNF just east of holly springs (the city)... the small southern block is near hwy 7, the main northern block is bisected by 78... 

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