Whether you’re out for a day hike or an extended backpacking excursion into the wilderness, the six National Forests in Mississippi provide excellent opportunities for exploring the wilderness on foot. Mississippi has 1.2 million acres of forest, providing a diversity of terrain, and numerous lakes, rivers and streams. Some trails are easy and can accommodate families with small children. Other paths make great half-day hikes, while some trails can lead to a backpacking adventure for a night or longer. Discover the hidden beauty of the piney woods by hiking one of Mississippi’s longest and most challenging trails, The Black Creek Trail. It continues for 40 miles along the Black Creek River. Approximately 10 miles of the trail is located in the Black Creek Wilderness. In addition to our national forests, Mississippi’s state parks also offer many trails that are open for exploration and adventure.

Longleaf Trace

Hattiesburg, MS   FEATURED

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The Longleaf Trace is South Mississippi’s premier running, biking, hiking, and equestrian trail. The 44-mile linear park extends from Hattiesburg (elevation 220′) through Sumrall (290′), Bassfield (460′), and Carson to Prentiss (336′). A Rails-To-Trails conversion, the trail is 10 feet wide and […]

Tanglefoot Trail

Pontotoc, MS   FEATURED

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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 […]

Vicksburg National Military Park

Vicksburg, MS   FEATURED

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Commemorating one of the Civil War’s pivotal campaigns, Vicksburg National Military Park is arguably Mississippi’s most renowned historical attraction. Confederate President Jefferson Davis himself referred to Vicksburg as the “nailhead that holds the South’s two halves together,” and there’s no […]

Swinging Bridge at Tishomingo State Park

Tishomingo State Park

Tishomingo, MS   FEATURED

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Tishomingo State Park is a public recreation area located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Tishomingo County. The park is located at Milepost 304 of Natchez Trace Parkway and features rock outcroppings, waterfalls, and a swinging pedestrian bridge […]

Live Oaks Bike Path

Live Oaks Bike Trail

Ocean Springs, MS   FEATURED

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The 15.5 mile round-trip Live Oaks Bicycle Route connects the Davis Bayou Area of the Seashore to the town of Ocean Springs at the Old Louisville and Nashville Train Depot. Follow the green and white bike-route signs on the right side of […]

South Campus Rail Trail

South Campus Rail Trail

Oxford, MS   FEATURED

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Formerly known as the Whirlpool Trails or Thacker Mountain Rail Trail, the South Campus Rail Trail is a network of single tracks trails adjacent to the Ole Miss campus and easy cycling distance from downtown Oxford. Access to the trails […]

Cycling on the Natchez Trace

Natchez Trace Parkway

Tupelo, MS   FEATURED

Stretching from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee, the Natchez Trace is the crown jewel of Mississippi’s scenic roadways. The 444-mile recreational road is managed by the National Park Service and is truly unlike any other scenic route in the country, […]

Airey Lake
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Camping, picnicking, fishing and hiking are among some favorite activities that can be enjoyed at Airey Lake.  Day hikers can access Tuxachanie Hiking Trail from this lake site.  Group camping and a restroom are available.  Campsites are unnumbered. […]

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Ashe Lake Recreation Area was originally built to provide water for Ashe Nursery. The 8 acre lake is shallow with the deepest point about 15 feet.Visitors can catch bass, bluegill and catfish. Facilities are 100 percent handicap accessible. On the […]

Blue Lake Recreation Area
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This is a free day-use site that includes areas for picnicking, including grills and picnic tables, fishing, a boat launch for small boats, and a 1-mile educational nature trail. A chemical toilet (SST) is also located at this site. Campsites […]

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Choctaw Lake Recreation Area offers a range of outdoor opportunities such as camping, picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, and bicycling. Facilities include 18 campsites with utility hookups, 35 picnic sites, three picnic pavilions, swimming area, two bath houses with showers […]

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The ARK Walking Trail currently consists of two miles of wooded trails that sit on the wildlife sanctuary located just a few miles west of Hernando, MS on Hwy 304. In addition, the ARK has an outdoor stage, 5,000 sq. ft. education […]