Hiking in Mississippi – Longleaf Trace Bike/Walking Trail

Hi.
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.

The area of the trail is outlined above.
This is from a brochure published by the organization “Friends of the Trace”

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.

The Gateway building is a Welcome Center, staffed with someone to answer questions.
Bikes can be rented there also.
There are “stations” located along the route, usually in a community or town.
Here, the Jackson Road Station is on the outskirts of the Hattiesburg metro area.
A station normally has restrooms, a water fountain, places to sit, trash cans, and pumps to air up a bike tire.
Mile markers are placed at each mile point.
Here: 11 miles from downtown Hattiesburg, 8 miles from the USM Gateway
A typical view along the Trace, nice tree canopy with woods on each side.
It’s not always just trees. Here, the trail opens up to a beautiful farm.
Rest areas are placed along the trail between stations.
They typically have two benches, and a trash can.

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.

Here, the horse trail is on the right, bike/walking trail on the left.

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…

🙂

For more information, go to:
https://www.longleaftrace.org/

God Bless!

4 thoughts on “Hiking in Mississippi – Longleaf Trace Bike/Walking Trail

  1. So nice to see a message from You. I’ve had a few iPhone bugs and haven’t been doing much. I’m going to check this out and I’ll be in contact later. Trying to get the taxes together so I can get that sent in. Makes me feel good to see your name again. I sure have been missing our conversations. Hope Y’all doing well. I’ll try to get back to You in another try, later this week. Appointments set up for next few days. Dermatologist and tax folks tomorrow. Thanks for contact. I sure miss You !

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  2. Ken, thanks for the trail update. Just coincidentally my daily devotions today is in Genesis chapter 1. The daily question is: how do you see God’s handiwork in the creation around you? To answer that question I just say ‘read Ken Brenner’s post today’. Ha! You praise Him in your hiking descriptions. Thank you and God bless you. 🙏 Jerry

    On Tue, Mar 22, 2022, 8:08 PM Living in the Creation wrote:

    > Ken Brenner posted: ” Hi.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, which follows an aban” >

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  3. Hi Bro. Jerry. I appreciate your viewing the article and kind comments. Thankful for ALL the blessings of the Lord, including the fellowship with His people (like Jerry and Kathy)!
    Love and Prayers for you both…

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