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Paul B. Johnson State Park, Hattiesburg
(3.9/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web)
Paul B. Johnson State Park is a state park on the shores of Geiger Lake in the U.S. state of Mississippi. It is located off U.S. Highway 49 approximately south of Hattiesburg. It is named after Paul B. Johnson, a former U.S. Representative from Mississippi and former governor of Mississippi.DescriptionThe park is situated on rolling hills that contain flowering dogwoods, southern yellow pines, and oaks. Geiger Lake, once known as Lake Shelby, was constructed during the mid-1940s using German prisoner of war labor by POWs housed at Camp Shelby.Activities and amenitiesThe 225-acre lake offers fishing, water skiing, and swimming. The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, shellcracker, crappie, and channel catfish. The park features 25 primitive tent-camping areas, 125 RV camping pads with water, sewer and electrical hookups, and 16 vacation cabins. The park also offers 50 picnic sites with grills, six picnic pavilions, playground equipment, and a splash pad.
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  • Sunset on the lake is always worth taking a few clicks. The beauty of Fall and the crisp cool chill... 
  • Stopped here on our way south. Beautiful, peaceful park. We were offered and took a pull-through site which are very narrow. Wish we had taken a site on the lake. It was off season so not crowded. 
  • Nice quite campground with many lake views. It was just what we needed to unwind for the weekend. There is one small nature trail if you like to hike. It's close to Hattiesburg if you need to get into...  more »
  • Pros: Nice, well kept / clean park. The playgrounds were nice, everyone was very friendly, the lake was a beautiful setting. It was a decent drive from New Orleans for a quick 3-day weekend getaway. Disc golf course was a hit with our friends. Cons: The women's bathhouse needed work as the showers were constantly running which made everything damp and steamy (mirrors, floors, counters). We camped on sites 30, 32, and 34 which were marked as "full shade" on the booking website. That was completely false and made for difficult naps for my two young kids. We were also butted up against the main road which I did not realize when booking. The wind direction did cause us to hear the interstate. Other than the actual campsite location we had, it was a good, family oriented park. Next time, I'll be sure to grab a different site or go to primitive which was well shaded. We will visit again primarily because it's a nice park for a quick getaway to the outdoors which is what we were looking for.
  • Beautiful park, great location. Nice water sites. It was disappointing when the girl who was checking me in stopped to answer a personal call on her cellphone, and it was disappointing that the campers who stayed in our site before us didn't pick up after their dog (I picked up 5 piles of poop) and didn't pick up their orange peels or peanut shells, or burnt hot dog pieces... Some one from the park did walk around with a garbage bag to pick up trash but just along the road. But we enjoyed the water, our site and the wildlife and will be back.
  • Stayed here 2 nights this past weekend. The grounds are beautiful, the staff was super helpful and friendly. The only thing we didn't ljke was our spot. But that was our fault. We picked the spots so that's nothing on the park. We were near a busy road in the park so cars were constantly driving by. We will choose a different spot next time. Star gazing was really perfect this weekend. Orionids was in full swing and the milky way was clearly visible. Very good experience overall.
  • Park is clean and well maintained. Its best for families with small children. Not the best lake for skiing and water sports, but still a great place to get away and relax. There are camping and picnic areas with good shade, a roped-off no wake area at the beach for swimming, and playground equipment for the kids. There is plenty of parking but not much shade for vehicles so come prepared for that. If skiing and water sports are what you're looking for you're probably better off going to Flint Creek in Wiggins or maybe Bogue Homa in Laurel.
  • Been going 23 years one of my favorite state parks nice Beach nice picnic area water wet park for kids fishing clubhouse cabins RV or tent camping plenty security features alot for local park 4$ day entry love love family atmosphere