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. 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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

New Orleans Outpost

Meadville, MS

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. […]