Covington County, located in south-central Mississippi, was formed on January 5, 1819, and was originally called Bainbridge County. It was soon renamed in honor of General Leonard Covington, U.S. Army officer and Congressman who was killed in the War of 1812.
The county has a total area of 415 square miles, of which 414 square miles is land and 1 square mile (0.28%) is water. The 2014 census recorded 19,568 residents in the county.
Neighboring counties are Smith County (north), Jones County (east), Forrest County (southeast), Lamar County (south), Jefferson Davis County (west), and Simpson County (northwest).
Towns in the county include Collins, the county seat, Mount Olive, and Seminary. Covington County also contains several smaller communities, including Dry Creek, Eminence, Hopewell, Leaf River, Lone Star, Lux, Okahay, Ora, Rock Hill, Salem, Sanford, Sunset, and Williamsburg.
Covington County has many visitor attractions and recreational sites. Among them are the Okatoma River, Mitchell Farms, and Grand Paradise Water Park.
The Okatoma River carves a winding path through Covington County, and people from all over the Southeast travel to the county to canoe and kayak a portion of the river that runs through three towns and eventually empties into the Bouie River just south of the county line. The Okatoma Outdoor Post and Seminary Canoe Rental both provide canoe to kayak rentals, as well as lodging on the river. The Okatoma has consistently been ranked among the best rafting sites in the South.
Mitchell Farms is located just east of Collins and is easily accessible from U. S. Highway 84. Mitchell Farms is one of the top agri-tourism destinations in South, Mississippi. Families and school groups alike travel to Collins each year to tour the farm and enjoy rustic cabins, farm buildings, and other family-oriented features.
Grand Paradise Waterpark in Collins offers a nice place to cool off during those hot South Mississippi summer days.
Covington County also plays host to two arts and crafts festivals each year: the Mississippi Peanut Festival in October and the Okatoma Festival in May.
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