I’m always looking for trails and places to walk and hike in the Lord’s beautiful Creation. And, there are ample opportunities in south Mississippi to do so.
In the summer and fall of 2021, I hiked the 44-mile Longleaf Trace bike/walking trail, which follows an abandoned railroad bed, and goes from Hattiesburg west/northwest to Prentiss.
I hiked each section, up-and-back, in 7 hikes over 3 months. I started at the USM (University of South Mississippi) campus trailhead “Gateway”.
The trail actually goes 3 miles further “south”, through urban neighborhoods to downtown Hattiesburg – ending at the Amtrak station.
I filmed each section and plan to create a few movies for my YouTube channel.
Here are some views of what I saw on the Trace.
From just north of Clyde Depot to Carson, a horse/equestrian trail parallels the bike/walking path. Sometimes, it is in the woods, out of sight of the bike path.
A primitive camp with horse stalls is at each end of the horse trail.
I plan to walk the entire horse trail in the coming year and make a movie of it as well.
And finally – I generally don’t see many people on the trail, especially the further one gets from Hattiesburg.
But, occasionally, I come across some locals who welcome strangers to their area…
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