Black Creek Canoe Trail: Brooklyn to Fairley Bridge Road

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De Soto National Forest

Black Creek Canoe Trail: Brooklyn to Fairley Bridge Road is a 28.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Brooklyn, Mississippi that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, camping, and fishing and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length28.4 miElevation gain272 ftRoute typePoint to point
kid friendlyCampingFishingPaddle sportsWalkingBeachDog friendlyForestRiverWaterfallwild-flowersWildlifeBugs
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Rebecca Torres
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Paddle sports

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!

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Ross Brooks
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Impossible to find trail

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Little Expeditioner
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Hiking

Great for paddle campout. Best when water is 4-6’. Wear water shoes if you walk in the water. There’s broken glass and cans and who knows what else down there.

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Austin Young
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Paddle sports

Launched at the first launch and paddled down to Moody's to let some people off. Paddled a little over half way to Janice landing, and spent the night on a sandbar, camped overnight there, woke up the next morning and headed out. Over all a great experience and would be good for family and friends. Wasn't too technical and definitely makes for a great day trip or overnight trip.

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Stephan Parker
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Paddle sports

Nice little 2 day trip. Launched the canoes at Moody's Landing and finished at Cypress Creek Landing about 16 miles down. Camped about a mile north of Janice Landing on a great sandbar after seeing a deer cross the creek and climb the ledge up the opposite side. Water level was at roughly 5.5 feet, which kept us from having to do any walking or lifting the canoes over logs.

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Andrew Legrand
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Paddle sports
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This relatively easy kayak and canoe trail winds its way through DeSoto National Forest. Don't expect rapids or too many other impediments, the paddling is very easy. White sand beaches throughout the river make it an ideal spot to camp along the way.

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Andrew Legrand
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Angela Stuart
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Hiking
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Cheryl Goins
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Hiking
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Rebecca Torres
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Backpacking
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Kyle Berg
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Hiking
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Danielle DiLevo
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Hiking
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Andrew Legrand
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