When you think of Mississippi, the blues, seafood, the Gulf Coast, and the state’s rich history probably come to mind. But, you might be surprised to learn the Magnolia State is also a beautiful place for avid cyclists. With options for beginners and seasoned veterans, there are trails of varying lengths that we encourage everyone to try. In addition to the casual cycling experience,, there are plenty of cycling events to attend, whether you plan on watching or participating in them. Visit Mississippi has all the information you need before setting out on any of Mississippi’s cycling trails or competing in a race.
Cycling Trails from the Northeast to the Southwest
With rolling country hills and thick forests, the terrain in Mississippi is perfect for cycling trails. No matter where you’re staying in the state, there’s sure to be a popular cycling trail near you. Give one of the following suggestions a try:
Beginning in the southwestern part of Mississippi, the Natchez Trace Parkway stretches from Natchez to Nashville, Tennessee, providing 444 miles of optimal cycling experiences. The Natchez Trace is also dotted with beautiful natural preserves, historical points of interests and rest stops.
Located in the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area, this trail is very special as it takes up a span of abandoned railroad tracks that were built in 1871. Running from Houston to New Albany, this 43.6-mile trail passes through Chickasaw, Pontotoc, and Union counties.
Integrated into the Vicksburg National Military Park, the trail on this Civil War battleground is shared by cyclists and pedestrians.
Cycling Shops along the Way
Whether you’re cycling along one of the shorter trails or cycling the entirety of the Mississippi River Trail, there are plenty of shops near each Mississippi cycling path that can service and repair any damage or malfunction you might experience while cycling. These include:
While there’s plenty of trails in the state for a casual cyclist to enjoy, there’s good news for competitive cyclists, as well. Mississippi is home to many cycling competitions throughout the year, including:
Whether you’re looking to compete in a few races or just want to experience the Mississippi countryside, there’s something for every type of cyclist in our great state. For more information about Mississippi’s bike trails, cycling events, and trail conditions, contact Visit Mississippi today.
The Longleaf Trace is South Mississippi’s premier running, biking, hiking, and equestrian trail. It is a beautiful, 44-mile linear park that extends from Hattiesburg (elevation 220′) through Sumrall (290′), Bassfield (460′), and Carson to Prentiss (336′). A Rails-To-Trails conversion, the trail is […]
The Tanglefoot Trail® is Mississippi’s longest Rails to Trails conversion, meandering 43.6 miles through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area. It is here you will experience a bit of our history as you pass […]
The Chisha Foka Multi-Use Trail is a 10-mile paved path that runs through historic Choctaw homelands in Ridgeland. The trail is named in honor of the Choctaw town that stood where the city of Jackson is today. The name Chisha […]
Built and maintained by the Tri-County Mountain Bike Association, the Ridgeland Mountain Bike Trail features 10 miles of fast singletrack with something for all skill levels. Non-members can ride the trails with a two-day visitor pass. A waiver is required […]
The Center Hill Road Bicycle Route in Olive Branch consists of an 8.4 mile loop of rolling hills and is a great route for the intermediate level rider. It does pose some challenging, gradual hills about midway thru the route. […]
This route begins in the Hernando downtown area and quickly transitions to mainly of rural character. The Lake and Back Bicycle Route consists of a 25.1 mile route that begins at the DeSoto County Courthouse and reaches Hernando Point campground […]
The Great River Road traces the course of the Mississippi River. The route travels through the Mississippi River Valley’s rich history and inspiring natural beauty. The Great River Road Bike Trail begins at Walls and follows Old Highway 61 (The […]
The Bayou Point Mountain Bike Trail is located southwest of Hernando, MS just off of Highway 301 on Bayou Point Rd on the south side of Arkabutla Lake at 3905 Arkabutla Dam Road. Bayou Point is currently a 5.6 mile […]
The Craft Road Bicycle Route, Olive Branch, consists of 10.3 mile loop of flat bicycle route that contains scenery ranging from golf course views to agriculture fields. This route is an excellent course for beginners and all members of the […]
The Roller Coaster Loop Bicycle Route consists of a 9.6 mile loop of bicycle route that is comprised of rolling hills and changing topography. This route has a difficulty rating of ‘difficult,’ and may not be suited for all members […]
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