Featured HIKING TRAILS
Near Tishomingo within the Tishomingo State Park in northeastern Mississippi, the 10 mile Nature Trail loop in Tishomingo State Park runs alongside Bear Creek and is sometimes steep and rocky. It is lined with massive, jutting sandstone formations. The ten-mile loop is easily covered in a day. There are Resurrection ferns, Christmas ferns and even the endangered Walking fern spring from errant streams that line canyon floors.
North of Jackson and south of Tupelo, a stretch of the Natchez Trace Parkway passes through a section of the Tombigbee National Forest. Parallel to this stretch of parkway, there is a 18 mile hiking section of the Natchez Trace Trail running US41 northwest of Okolona.
Northwest of Hattiesburg, the Longleaf Trace Trail is a 41 mile rail-trail route along an old railroad grade. This linear park runs from Hattiesburg to Prentiss, and hikers share the route with both equestrians and mountain bikers. This is a 10 foot wide paved trail. Much of the Longleaf Trace Trail is well-shaded and has numerous paved and dirt road crossings.
Southeast of Hattiesburg near New Augusta in the DeSoto National Forest, the 30 mile Black Creek Trail crosses 90 bridges while passes dense forest of sweet gum, pine and cypress. It would be smart to be prepared to get wet while hiking this scenic trail.
East of Pontotoc, the 2,500 acre Trace State Park has 35 miles of trails. The hiking trails roll through hills and hollers, along ridges and creeks. Passing through hardwood forest and swamps, the trails are divided between 7.5 miles of gravel and 21.6 miles of dirt.
In the DeSoto National Forest, the Tuxachanie Hiking Trail is a 23 mile route traversing longleaf pine ridges, pitcher plant savannas and cypress swamps. There is good parking is available at the SR49 trailhead, at Airey Lake and at POW Lake.