Mississippi offers ample opportunities to breathe in some fresh air and get your daily allowance of fun in the sun. Our outdoor trails and scenic byways are a perfect way to experience the state’s scenic beauty, history, and cultural activities, too.
Stretching from Natchez to Nashville, the Natchez Trace is a 444-mile recreational road that’s truly unlike any other scenic route in the country. Commercial trucks and billboards are not allowed on the Trace, offering a calm ride with unspoiled views and plenty of pull-offs to explore outdoor attractions and historic markers that tell the story of the Trace’s 10,000-year history.
The Tanglefoot Trail is a 43.6-mile paved trail that weaves through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area, following lands traversed by Chickasaw tribes and Meriwether Lewis and tracing the path of a railroad built by Col. William C. Falkner, the great-grandfather of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner. Natural features include fields, forests, meadows and wetlands.
The Longleaf Trace is a 44-mile Rails-to-Trails conservancy project, built along an abandoned section of the Mississippi Central Railroad in Mississippi’s Pine Belt region. Trailheads along the way mark the locations where small-town train stations and depots once stood. While in Hattiesburg, be sure to experience Mississippi’s civil rights history with a detour along the city’s 1964 Freedom Summer Trail.