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a bit overgrown but thats just fine. good deep south forest trail. saw a beautiful black racer.

on Tuxachanie Trail

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washed out
1 month ago

Trail is very overgrown and some areas do not seem safe. Be cautious in these areas for snakes. Large banana spiders everywhere. Without these conditions I think this trail has great potential.

We will definitely do this trail again, with some more time and cooler weather. It’s a good hike and worth the experience. So, parts of this trail is overgrown and others are fine. Towards the end it looks like a controlled burn was done so it looks kinda grim for a short time. This trail has plenty of shade, spiders, and armadillos. I don’t think we got to the end of the trail because a creek washed a gap in the trail. Yes this trail has a lot of bugs so bring bug repellent and reapply every so often. Because areas are a bit overgrown ticks are going to find the first person through the trail.

I love Black Creek for kayak/canoe floats. This time we floated from Janice Landing to Fairley Bridge Landing to gauge mileage & scout out sandbars for an overnight paddle in July. This section is very scenic & easy for inexperienced paddlers. Water level was just at 5’, but the recent floods got up to 23’! You can definitely tell a massive flood tore thru the area with trees down horizontal to the bank, & fewer across the creek. Since this is a wild & natural river system, man does not clear any debris. He leaves it to Mother Nature, & she does a pretty good job! Last year, at 4.5’ or so level, there were several trees across the way & we had to find a way thru. Those are all swept away now & as of yesterday, we had no impediments. That may chance once the water level lowers another foot. According to my Strava & AllTrails, the total distance from Janice to Fairley Bridge Landing is ~12 mi. By segment, Janice to Cypress Landing is 5.8 mi, & Cypress Landing to Fairley Bridge Landing is right at 6.2 mi, which differs from other websites (4 mi & 7 mi). Use your own judgment to gauge time for the trip, allowing plenty of time for lounging on the numerous white sandy sand bars along the way. This is a great way to spend a hot day. Cold water, relatively little trash compared to most places, & so very peaceful. Be watchful for Fairley Bridge Landing as it’s tucked in on the west (right) bank about 500 yrds BELOW the Bridge. There is a nice wide sand bar on the right, then about 40 yrds further there’s a bunch of little marker ribbons, then the Landing. You will have to pay close attention or you’ll miss it. It’s concrete, but covered in mud & sand. Just looks like a break in the steep bank. Oh & if you need a shuttle, Red Wolf Adventures located on Hwy 29 about a mi south of Janice Landing is the best! Chris & Jason are really nice, & we always hire them even when we have our own yaks & canoes. REALLY REASONABLE RATES for rentals & shuttles. They also shuttle for the Black Creek Hiking Trail (Desoto National Forest Trail), too!

on Tuxachanie Trail

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blowdown
bridge out
bugs
no shade
2 months ago

Bridges out , trail markers confusing (several trails converge together/and multiple old forestry road crossings with out trail markers)

mountain biking
2 months ago

I like the trails. been biking on it about a dozen times. wish we could camp though. Be nice to hike it all and camp.

Trail is extremely overgrown and mosquitoes are terrible. I had to turn around 4/10 of a mile in due to unsafe hiking conditions. I was with an new hiker and i am not very seasoned, but we were too afraid of snakes with the overgrown grass and bushes knee high.

hiking
2 months ago

Took my grandson and we hiked a little more than 2 miles. Well marked and traveled trail. Very interesting history about area. Tall trees, sunny, little breeze. Take plenty of water.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike!! Not hard. The heat coming back after leaving Airey lake was pretty tough. Take a couple liters of water if it’s summertime. I was swarmed by large deer flies the whole time...that was annoying., but they weren’t landing on me too bad, just swarming around my head. They weren’t bothering my husband much so could have been my shampoo. Will do unscented shampoo next time :) Definitely use bug spray with deet. There are some pretty wet, swampy areas with mosquitoes. Two bridges were out and there is risk for walking through water. Watch for snakes, we almost stepped on a 4 foot cottonmouth. Overall a good hike! Enjoyed our day! Took us 5.5 hours from 49 trailhead to Airey lake and back..

mountain biking
2 months ago

Went mountain biking on the trails for Memorial Day. There's a nice map at the parking lot, and a few maps along the way. Most of the trails are easy and fun. Definitely bring bug spray, as some of the wooded/shaded areas were absolutely awful and miserable with bugs. Enjoyed how remote it felt. Trails were clean. Will definitely go back.

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3 months ago

Beautiful trail through a few thickets of brush, pine forest, low lands with southern and bigleaf magnolias, oaks, cypress is also visible in certain parts of Black Creek. You will cross many branches that connect to Black Creek. Great place to swim if you're not afraid to go off trail or climb down a slope into the creek. From Janice landing to Fairly Bridge landing the trail is somewhat unkept although still marked well enough, its true some markers were on trees that have fallen. So pay attention. Lots of active nocturnal critters in the wilderness here. Part of the allure to me personally is how unkept and seemingly low traffic the area is. Be prepared to duck under and walk through bushes and/or occasional trees that has fallen into the path. Bugs can be ruthless in this south. Beautiful country. Moderate difficulty.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Awesome trail and very well maintained. Totally enjoyed our first time on the loop and had a blast. Looking forward to coming back.

hiking
bridge out
4 months ago

on Tuxachanie Trail

4 months ago

Really nice trail; well marked. Nice variety of trees and evergreen. Warning: spotted 2 water moccasins on the trail, not far from trailhead by the bog.

This trail is just part of the overall Black Creek Trail.

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