Black Creek Hiking Trail is a 42.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near New Augusta, MS that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Good trail, though I only went 5 miles that day. There seems to be some confusion about how long it is, as I've seen 16.6 miles, 23 miles, and now 40 miles? In any case, it has been cleared since Katrina, as some of the older reviews seem to have been written while it was mostly impassable. There are some wet areas if it rained recently, but the trail is pretty well built up in most places and planks were put down in the worst swampy areas. Wear pants and hiking boots and they shouldn't be a problem. There were also a few camp sites at the trail head that anyone could use without charge, so I plan on going back one of these days for a longer trip.
It was enjoyable. However, the very beginning is very wet and most of the trail is overgrown. I would wear long pants and waterproof shoes or you will regret the consequences. However, the water features I saw were very pretty (I only went 4 miles in). The dog also did great.
I've only hiked two sections so far. NW and SW from Janice Landing around 4 miles each way.
Southwest from that point is a wilderness trail offering moderate exertion in the Red Hills. The trail to the northwest, however, is very easy and fairly well groomed.
I've mapped out the trail in my maps section using gps data from one of my hikes and a couple of other people's posted tracks, combined with routes based on map data to fill in the blanks.
The parts I've hiked in both directions are well blazed with zero chance of losing your way. I've met a few hunters and other hikers on the trail, and aim to complete the trail as opportunity permits.
Lovely trail, hiked the first 10 miles starting at the Big Creek Landing Recreation Area in late October 2014. It's wide, well maintained and has plenty of stream crossings to replenish water, be sure to have some method of treating your water. For this section a 1 liter (2 quart) bottle and a Steripen Adventurer did the job. The terrain is pretty flat for the most part but there are a few small hills. Easy in that regard.
Ran the trail day after hard rain, creek crested at 8.2"...lots of water crossing and deep ones. Maybe better in dry season. Saw only two day hikers on 32 mile stretch
Not worth it. Trail looks like it is maintained by a joyriding 4-wheeler once in a blue moon. It's more challenging of your patience than your body.
great intermediate trail. well marked, mild terrrain and elevation. beautiful overlooks along river. ample camping and water supply.
Had a blast, good camping.