Published: October 2009
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Plan a long weekend getaway with our Hattiesburg adventure guide, featuring great outdoor escapes, where to stay, and where to eat. Then chime in with your picks.

Pop. 51,993
GPS: 3118'N 8918'W

Hattiesburg still clings to its rich, cultural roots. You can browse the grand Tudor and Victorian homes lining the elegant, oak-edged streets; drive along the Freedom Summer Trail, a tour of 15 sites integral in the civil rights movement; and listen to tunes at the Saenger Theater, a restored 1929 art deco movie house that still plays its original Robert Morton pipe organ.

Your Turn: Tell us about your favorite Hattiesburg adventures, restaurants, and hotels in the comments section below.

PLAY
Bike the Longleaf Trace, a 41-mile park created from an abandoned railroad line (mylongleaftrace.com). Kayak Black Creek, a Wild and Scenic river that flows along the De Soto National Forest's Black Creek Hiking Trail; Black Creek Canoe Rental provides boats and shuttles from $32 a day (blackcreekcanoe.com).

EAT
The Crescent City Grill serves up gourmet Southern comfort favorites like fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and the local specialty: crispy fried Mississippi Delta catfish (nsrg.com/crescent-city-grill).

SLEEP
Ash-leah Manor, an estate on the outskirts of the Timberton Golf Club greens, offers bed and breakfast for a steal (doubles from $89; ash-leahmanor.com).