backpacking
4 months ago

My 3 kids (age 10 and under) and I did this hike the week of Thanksgiving 2017. We did a there & back starting at Janice Landing and hiking to US 49 before turning back. We stashed food and water on US 49 to keep our weight to a minimum and did this in a 3 day 2-night trip. We camped at 31.02766 -89.09828, which is on a nice high bluff about 50 yards off the trail. This made for a REALLY long second day of about 20 miles, but was necessary as we got a bit of a late start the first day.
The trail is decently marked although we did go off trail twice by mistake. There are a lot of hunting trails that intersect where its easy to suddenly find yourself on the wrong trail. I used an app on my phone that used my GPS location to tell me where I was, which was helpful when we went off trail. The biggest bummer on this trail is that it doesnt have mile markers. You can only use landmarks on a topo map to estimate where you are. A good topo map and a compass is a must. Make sure you know how to use them as we passed two ladies who had no map and thought they were on a different 0.5 trail, when they were actually a mile or two away from their car.
The trail follows the river for much of the it, which provides for decent scenery. I thought the most beautiful part of the hike was being on the top of the hills. The only wildlife we saw was a flock of turkeys and a couple of hunting dogs. There were very few people on the trail.

Lowland trail through pine forest and some tall grassy open areas. Topography not all that exciting but it is a nice quiet path great for a relaxing afternoon hike.

Pretty, but would've been better without the trash strewn around the trailhead area.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Not bad but needs lots of work. Several areas do not have bridges, so you will get wet and dirty. You will cross a major highway and the trail markings are terrible.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

trailhead actually a ways down from maps landing. that part of the trail is torn up by four wheelers. The trail head is littered with trash. so flies are very aggravating.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The scenery is beautiful, but it's not labeled properly. I didn't see any mile markers on the trail. It was just okay for me.

hiking
Monday, November 28, 2016

Hiked from Old Hwy 49 to Anderson Loop-Government rd. 319. It is a beautiful pine forest hike with few water shed ravines. I found it to be an easy hike. It had been cleared recently.

backpacking
Monday, June 20, 2016

This trail was a nice surprise in Southern Mississippi. It was never too difficult, but I recommend long pants and maybe boots as the grass is rather talk and the snakes plentiful! Also, it was a tough task finding the start of this trail. Overall, definitely worth it!

hiking
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Very disappointing trail its the road you drive back to the boat ramp.Dont bring strollers or kids.Is parking area for the boat ramp no hiking trails marked.

hiking
Thursday, May 05, 2016

If you follow the directions from the app it will take you to the exit of the trail just keep driving down and it will take you to a parking lot and the trail head. I hiked it from the end as i didn't know this at first, like the previous post about a half mile in the trail is gone and washed into the creek. However just that short hike was really nice, hopefully it gets fixed soon.

hiking
Sunday, May 01, 2016

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.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

This trail has been rendered completely impassable by the latest floods and weather. Approximately 1/2 mile in where the trail appears to have once followed the river it has been completely washed out. more than one man a dog and a knife can handle. Too bad. The trail liked promising.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Trail is well kept up. Took the scenic trail. Hiked in about three miles. Little disappointed in the views. The trail follows the creek but very rarely can you actually see the creek just to thickness of brush between trail and creek. Enjoyed hike. Will do again.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Wide trail with great view!!

hiking
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Hiked a lot of trails in this area and this one was the best by far. Walked along black creek for most of it with lots of good scenery away from the creek as well.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Great trail. Very clearly marked varying terrain and a good length

hiking
Wednesday, September 02, 2015

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.

hiking
Monday, February 02, 2015

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.

hiking
Friday, October 31, 2014

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.

hiking
Saturday, August 02, 2014

Love this trail.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Great views of Black Creek. Descent elevation variance for this area. Can't wait to do it again. May camp next time.

hiking
Sunday, April 28, 2013

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

hiking
Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Trails are there. Avoid late afternoons in the summer. Bring skeeter spray.

hiking
Monday, June 04, 2012

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.

hiking
Thursday, April 05, 2012

great intermediate trail. well marked, mild terrrain and elevation. beautiful overlooks along river. ample camping and water supply.

hiking
Sunday, January 08, 2012

Took the trail from FS319-G to Ashe Lake Road today. This section has a couple of ups and downs, but mostly follows the bluff above the creek. There are only a couple of spots to get down to the creek. Well marked and maintained. Hunters were present in the area.

hiking
Thursday, June 23, 2011

Had a blast, good camping.

backpacking
5 months ago

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