Great Cycling Trips in Mississippi
Given its vast number of trails of varying lengths and skill levels, Mississippi is a cyclist’s paradise. Here, riders can choose to either bike at their own pace to take in the beautiful surroundings, or they may challenge themselves with more difficult trails. Each cycling trail offers riders something different, but all are worth experiencing for yourself. As you plan your next cycling trip to the Magnolia State, allow Visit Mississippi to be your tour guide, as we suggest the best trails for riders of all skill levels.
Best Cycling Locations in Mississippi
During your travels, you will notice the different terrains found in Mississippi. In the northeast corner of the state, guests will find challenging hills, whereas Mississippi’s southern regions allow guests to experience Mississippi’s beautiful forests. These various terrains make for excellent cycling trails for riders to enjoy. Some of the best cycling trails in Mississippi include:
Located in the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area, Tanglefoot Trail is 43.6 miles long and winds through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Running from Houston to New Albany, this unique course features a portion of abandoned railroad tracks that were built in 1871. On this path, riders can experience the different terrains native to Mississippi, as they will pass through fields, forests, meadows, and wetlands.
Known as south Mississippi’s premier running, biking, hiking, and equestrian trail, Longleaf Trace is a beautiful 44-mile linear park. It stretches from Hattiesburg to Prentiss and passes through the towns of Sumrall, Bassfield, and Carson along the way. The trail features a 10-foot-wide paved path, giving riders a smooth ride and plenty of space to pass others.
The Natchez Trace is one of those cycling trails you need to experience at least once in your life. Beginning in the southwestern part of Mississippi, this pristine trail is 444-miles long and stretches from Natchez to Nashville, Tennessee. On their journey, riders can stop at the many historical points of interest found along the Trace.
A unique combination of cycling and American history, this path is located on a Civil War battleground in Vicksburg National Military Park. Riders are welcome to stop and take a moment to honor those who lost their lives, as well as take pictures to remember this one-of-a-kind experience.
Other fantastic cycling trails to check out include:
- Lake and Back Bicycle Route
- Great River Road Bike Trail
- Bayou Point Mountain Bike Trail
- Craft Road Bicycle Route
- Roller Coaster Loop Bike Trail
- Center Hill Road Bicycle Route
Cycling Competitions in Mississippi
While our great state welcomes all riders, Mississippi is proud to host various cycling competitions throughout the year. If you are a competitive cyclist, you may wish to plan your trip around one of these events:
- Camden Crush
- Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival
- Fat Tire Festival & McGee Lungbuster
- Bike, Blues, & Bayous
- Dead Man Gravel Grind
- Natchez Trace Century Ride
- Spooky ‘Cross Cyclocross Race
Visit Local Cycling Shops
As you’re planning your cycling trip to Mississippi, you may benefit from knowing the various cycling shops located throughout the state. This can be important should your bike need a quick fix while you’re here or if you want to upgrade your equipment completely. Bike shops we recommend include:
- Biloxi Bicycle Works (Biloxi, MS)
- Ride South (Brandon, MS)
- Oxford Bicycle (Oxford, MS)
- Battlefield Bikes (Vicksburg, MS)
- The Bike Crossing (Flowood and Ridgeland, MS)
- Jed’s Perfect Endurance (Hattiesburg, MS)
- Moore’s Bicycle Co. (Hattiesburg, MS)
- Boardtown Bikes (Starkville, MS)
- Indian Cycle (Ridgeland, MS)
- Heart and Sole Cycle (Meridian, MS)
- Bicycle Revolution (Madison, MS)
Plan Your Trip With Help From Visit Mississippi
Whether you’re looking to plan a one-day trip or an extended trip, Visit Mississippi can help by offering suggestions on the best cycling trails around Mississippi. Our expertise doesn’t stop there, however, as we also can provide great recommendations on places to stay, where to find great-tasting food, and must-see attractions. For more information, please contact us today at Visit Mississippi. Let us help you plan your next trip to Mississippi.