Local Spotlight: Paul B. Johnson State Park

Paul B. Johnson State Park

Surround yourself in serene bliss—or soak up some summer fun in the splash pad! Paul B. Johnson State Park, just a 20 minute drive south of Hattiesburg, caters to vacationers and day trippers of all stripes, from backwoods adventurers to beach bums.

About Paul B. Johnson State Park

Nestled next to beautiful 225-acre Geiger Lake, Paul B. Johnson State Park boasts breathtaking views of Mississippi wilderness, along with beaucops to do. The park’s natural scenery includes thick tree lines of loblolly and long-leaf pines, as well as age-old oaks. An ample amount of delightful dogwoods also dot the grounds.

Paul B. Johnson State Park offers a location that’s serenely secluded, yet still suitable for spontaneous day trips. The park rests just a 20-minute drive down from the University of Southern Mississippi. Highway 49, which leads directly into Hattiesburg, runs right by the park!

What’s there to do?

If you’re fond of the outdoors, then you’ll love Paul B. Johnson State Park. The park’s rich landscape, coupled with nearby Geiger Lake, offer outdoor activities aplenty. Plus, a range of visitor-friendly venues, from playgrounds to a splash pad, also call the park home. Paul B. Johnson State Park holds a variety of amenities to enjoy, including:

  • A game room
  • Meeting room
  • Visitor center
  • Picnic pavilions and area with grills
  • Playgrounds
  • Splash pad

In addition to visiting these facilities, you can also have fun swimming, fishing, boating, relaxing on the beach, hiking the winding natural trails, and playing disc golf. For overnight stays, Paul B. Johnson State Park offers quite a few lodging options, from:

  • 125 RV campsites
  • 25 tent campsites
  • 16 cabins
  • 3 cottages
  • And one group camping complex.

Reservations for overnight trips are highly encouraged. You can reserve a spot by calling (601) 582-7721 or through online reservations.


No matter your preference for outdoor recreation, Paul B. Johnson State Park has summer fun in store for you. Spend some time there this season!

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