Hiking in Mississippi

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 outdoor adventures 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. About 10 miles of the trail goes through 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, along with camping and fishing opportunities. For more information, request a tour guide, use our trip planner, check out some of the places to visit, or contact us today to start planning your trip.

Tanglefoot Trail

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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 […]


The Ross Barnett Reservoir is Central Mississippi’s largest recreational area, offering a variety of parks and recreation, as well as different reservoir services. Visitors can enjoy a range of activities such as boating, fishing, hunting (in specified areas), and camping. […]

Cycling on the Natchez Trace

Natchez Trace Parkway


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, […]

South Campus Rail Trail

South Campus Rail Trail



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 […]

Live Oaks Bike Path

Live Oaks Bike Trail

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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 […]

Swinging Bridge at Tishomingo State Park

Tishomingo State Park

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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 […]

Vicksburg National Military Park

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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 […]

Longleaf Trace

Hattiesburg   FEATURED


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 […]

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 […]

Nestled among evergreens in Meadville, MS, the Outpost offers an expansive 1.5-mile trail with scenic creek crossings that leads to a lookout of the Homochitto River. […]


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 […]

Blue Lake Recreation Area

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 […]