The following is a press release from Visit Hattiesburg:
The National Geographic Magazine has named Hattiesburg an Adventure Town
The Hattiesburg posting urges visitors to plan a long weekend getaway with the adventure guide, featuring great outdoor escapes, where to stay and where to eat.
The Magazine touts Hattiesburg as still clinging 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," National Geographic boasts.
In the 'play' category, among Hattiesburg's many destinations, the Magazine highlights two local favorites. According to the National Geographic web-site, visitors can bike the Longleaf Trace, a 41-mile (66-kilometer) park created from an abandoned railroad line.
The trace recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. Mentioning fun on the water in the Hattiesburg area, the nod went to kayaking 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.
National Geographic gave the mealtime nod to the Crescent City Grill, a must Hattiesburg dining experience. The publication noted the Grill served up gourmet Southern comfort favorites like fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and the local specialty: crispy fried Mississippi Delta catfish.
According to Kristie Fairley, Deputy Directory of visitHattiesburg, and this type of recognition the destination assets of Hattiesburg. "Recognition by National Geographic brings a positive spotlight to Hattiesburg and its assets. Hattiesburg's location in South Mississippi gives us an advantage when it comes to outdoor recreational opportunities, and unique attractions like the Longleaf Trace position our city with a wonderful distinction, " Fairley said.
The National Geographic web-site noted that 100 cities in the U.S. received the Adventure Town designation.
Hattiesburg was the only one so designated in Mississippi.