Cycling In Mississippi

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:

Natchez Trace

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.

Longleaf Trace

This 44-mile trail runs from Prentiss to Hattiesburg, passing through Bassfield, Carson, and Sumrall. The trail itself is 10 feet wide and used by cyclists, equestrians, hikers, and runners.

Tanglefoot Trail

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.

Vicksburg Military Park

Integrated into the Vicksburg National Military Park, the trail on this Civil War battleground is shared by cyclists and pedestrians.

Mississippi River Trail

One of the longest cycling trails in the United States, this 3,000-mile trail starts at the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Minnesota and runs south to near the mouth of the river in Louisiana. When traveling the segment of trail through Mississippi, you’ll come across many vibrant riverfront communities that have greatly benefited from the tourism and business the trail brings.

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:

Cycling Events You Can Attend

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:

Start Your Cycling Adventure Today

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.

Longleaf Trace

Hattiesburg, MS  FEATURED

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 […]

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Tanglefoot Trail

Pontotoc, MS  FEATURED

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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Lake and Back Bicycle Route

Hernando, MS

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 […]

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Great River Road Bike Trail

Walls, MS

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 […]

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Bayou Point Mountain Bike Trail

Hernando, MS

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 […]

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Craft Road Bicycle Route

Olive Branch, MS

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 […]

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