Hiking

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.

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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 10 feet wide and paved. […]

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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 through fields, forests, meadows and wetlands while you travel down the path of the Chickasaws […]

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Choctaw Lake Recreation Area

Ackerman, MS

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 and flush toilets, two boat ramps, accessible fishing pier, and a 3-mile hiking trail.  Choctaw […]

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LeFleur’s Bluff State Park

Jackson, MS

This beautiful urban park is located on 305 acres of woodlands that are home to nature trails, a public nine-hole golf course and driving range, picnic areas, playgrounds and Mayes Lake for fishing. LeFleur’s Bluff has an excellent RV camping facility. There are campsites and utility hookups, campground bathhouses and comfort stations. The Mississippi Museum […]

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Ark Walking Trail & Nature Center

Hernando, MS

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 pavilion, beautiful interpretive signage and open wildflower and grasslands.  The Coldwater River Nature Conservancy (CRNC) […]

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Arkabutla Lake

Hernando, MS

Arkabutla Lake is renowned for some of the best fishing in the southeast—boasting an abundance of largemouth and white bass, and ranked as one of the Top 5 Crappie Fishing Lakes in America. But fishing is just the beginning. An 11,000-acre recreation pool offers some of the best sailing east of the Mississippi River along […]

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