Brushy Creek Loop is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Gloster, Mississippi that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.7 miElevation gain370 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingForestRiverViewsWildlife
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Go into the Brushy Creek Ranch, down the hill and stay to the right, toward the cabins. You'll pass the lake to your left. Park near the stables after the lake. There you'll see an Information board. The arrow that points to the "Horse Trails" is also pointing toward the Loop Trail. Once in the woods, you'll pass a sign that says "Missionary Ridge". Stay on that trail to the very end. That trail actually turns into a road which may lead back to East Homochitto Road but we didn't verify that. Here is where you cross the creek. Once across the creek, you'll run into the Bushy Creek Loop Trail and it's here where the 5.7 miles begin.

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Amanda Stephenson
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WalkingMuddy

This is primarily a horse trail. YOU WILL HAVE TO WALK THRU ABKLE DEEP OR MORE WATER TO USE THE TRAIL! Trail is poorly marked .

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Megan Hodges
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HikingMuddy

As noted previously, it is definitely a horse trail so lots of mud and maneuver. There are creek crossings. Also, like previously noted, there does seem to be parking right at the creek which would prevent having to park on private property. I followed the road back on Google maps, and I believe this is where you would turn to park there. 31°16'20.4"N 90°59'28.2"W 5965-5941 E Homochitto Rd, Gloster, MS 39638 I'm planning on verifying this next time I go back. However, feel free to do so ahead of me so we all can know! Also, when you first cross the creek and walk a little ways down the trail, there is a tree with stuffed animal monkeys on it (see picture). If this is a thing, I'm definitely planning on bringing a monkey to add next time I go!

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Jesse Dore
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CampingMuddy

I went on a Tuesday and did not see one other person, that was nice. The trail is primarily used by horses so expect mud and . There is no reception in the area so the horse tracks helped to keep me on track at times. There are also creek crossings where I crossed bare footed. Overall a good time

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Will Taylor
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Horseback ridingGreat!

Found out in hindsight that there is a back road that brings you right to the creek you can drive to. We went to the ranch. Go down to the hill, past the cabins the lake will be on your left. Follow the signs that say “horse trails” Over all We had a great day. A few challenges with finding the trail because of so many equestrian side paths. Be aware: cross creeks

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Scott Guidry
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HikingMuddy

Very nice trail but a little difficult to find from the directions on All Trails so hopefully this helps some... Go into the Brushy Creek Ranch, down the hill and stay to the right, toward the cabins. You'll pass the lake to your left. Park near the stables after the lake. There you'll see an Information board. The arrow that points to the "Horse Trails" is also pointing toward the Loop Trail. Once in the woods, you'll pass a sign that says "Missionary Ridge". Stay on that trail to the very end. That trail actually turns into a road which may lead back to East Homochitto Road but we didn't verify that. Here is where you cross the creek. Once across the creek, you'll run into the Bushy Creek Loop Trail and it's here where the 5.7 miles begin. The trail was very muddy and sloppy for us from equestrian use although we only ran into a couple of horse riders. The creek was very pretty with crystal clear cool water. Definitely some spots along the creek we'd like to spend more time at.

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Megan Cavaretta Pifer
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Horseback riding

This trail was AMAZING!!!! I stayed in a cabin at Brushy Creek Ranch and the next morning started this trail off of their trail! The creeks were BEAUTIFUL and the trails were well maintained. I would recommend camping out at Brushy Creek Ranch if you consider this trail! They had cabins and camper sites, open and covered stalls, offered guided rides and the staff was super friendly and helpful!!! We will be visiting this trail again soon!!!

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Trey Cloutier
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Hiking

Fun hike! Get ready for a mouth full of spiderwebs.

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Rebecca Torres
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Backpacking

So the AllTrails directions sometimes leaves a bit to the imagination, I guess depending on your platform (iPhone, Samsung, etc). The directions I got for this trail took me to a gate & a barn. After asking some neighbors, we figured out what road I most likely needed to take & I arrived at “a trail head.” Not the one shown on the AllTrails site, but close enough. If you decide to make this trail from the spot I did, turn AT the SIGN that says “Brushy Creek Guest Ranch 1 Mile”. I didn’t go down the road to the Guest Ranch road, so don’t know if that is where AllTrails intended the directions to take me. I suspect since cell signal is hit/miss, it made my phone’s GPS off. By the way...there are few spots with good cell signal in this trail! It took me a minute to find the trail once I arrived because you have to cross the creek right away whether you go the south/west route like I did, or the south/east route. Suggest taking water shoes because water is about 2” too deep to wade wearing mid-high hiking boots & the gravel is a little rough on tender feet. Clear cold water, tho. Creek is beautiful! Trail is lightly traveled by hikers, but heavily traveled by equestrians. I saw 2 riders when I started, but NONE on the whole trail until almost back to starting point when I met about a dozen in 3 different groups heading out. Trail is pretty chewed up in spots from hooves (muddy, punched with hoof holes, etc). Take note the NPS’s idea of a “white diamond” is rather vague. Most cases it looks like they just scraped the tree bark into a diamond shape & called it good enough. There are only a few actual sign posts & one says it’s for the white diamond trail, but it actually isn’t. Don’t know what they meant there, but it’s confusing. Recommend following the trail map rather than the signs until you get around to the north swing of the loop. Didn’t try the Red Diamond trail (yet), but it’s shorter. Once you cross the 2nd creek crossing, the trail splits. One side is RED & follows the creek north-ish. I stayed on the WHITE, which took me thru a close/creepy section. If you’re lucky (& have a strong heart), maybe you’ll get to enjoy the sudden & totally unexpected chorus of a flock of hoot owls. Once you reach the primitive camp clearing next to another part of the creek, to continue, stay on the road for about a mile. The trail map says the trail goes into the woods, but it wasn’t clearly marked & there are so many new trails cut by the equestrians that it just wasn’t worth the effort to figure out. The NPS road is cool, tho. Once you get up to the top of the ridge, the trail turning left is clearly marked. At that point is where I started seeing equestrians from the Guest Ranch. You’re only about 1.5 to 2 miles back to start. Terrain is nicely varied & interesting. All in all, I enjoyed it very much & will be back to backpack/camp in the primitive area down by the creek. It’s a good trail to train/do a shakedown for longer backpacking trips.

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Rebecca Torres
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Hiking

I never actually found the "beginning" of the Brushy Creek Loop because the directions weren't very clear. So I ended up starting about a mile or so south of where the "official" starting point appears to be on AllTrails. I "think" it starts in the vicinity of the Brushy Creek Guest Ranch, but I didn't take that road. I turned onto the park service road about a mile BEFORE the Guest Ranch turn off. This trail was nice, but it needs to be noted that it doesn't appear to be used very often for just hiking. It's heavily traveled by equestrians, so many parts are chewed up by hooves, making it alternately muddy &/or difficult to walk thru. Still, the terrain is nicely varied between hills, valleys, ridges & creeks. Once you get started (from where I started), about 4 miles in is a nice little creek crossing that's perfect for stopping for lunch & soaking your feet. Recommend taking water shoes for the creek crossings (there are 3 on this route) & are just an inch or 2 too deep for mid-height hiking boots. Once you cross the creek, you go thru a close/kinda spooky section that leads to a primitive camp area that's wide open & lays along the creek. Make a note that from that point, the trail is NOT well marked, but if you stay on the road about a mile, you reach a "Y" that is clearly noted on the trail map. This "Y" is clearly marked with the white diamond & from there it's only about another mile or so back to the trail head (where I started). The NPS's idea of a "white diamond" is kinda vague, by the way. See the first photo I took of the "diamond" which was little more than a the tree bark scraped into a diamond shape. All in all, I liked this trail a lot & will be using it again to practice for a longer haul hike with a full pack.

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John Stevens
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Great trail, but you'll need some notes. First, it is not private property! There is a private Ranch of the same name that abuts it and frequents the trail, but the trail itself is a part of the National Forest. Here's a map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5213327.pdf The main trail is blazed by white diamonds. It is not the best blazing. There is also a red diamond trail that shortcuts around, I've never followed it purposefully. For the purpose of notes, I assume hikers head south from the trailhead to start, not east. Note 1: Look where the trail meets up with Forest Road 156A. Past that, when the trail reenters the forest, is a creek crossing. A downed tree as of a few weeks ago blocked this path. I had to walk across a downed tree to get over the brush. I did this with a pack, it shouldn't be too bad but it isn't "normal" trailing either. Note 2: Just past that crossing from note 1, the trail splits. Taking a left, the way the white diamond sign (a little brown fiberglass "stick plank" thing about 4ft high) says to go will shortcut an unlisted trail on the map along the creek back to the beginning. This is what happened to whoever mapped this trail on here; you can see the backtrack trail. Ignore this and continue south/east to meet up with Forest Road 156 D that heads north. Note 3: the trail splits off 156D into the woods to join up with 156D6. I attempted this "woods party" years ago but it was a brutal trek through briars I only got through with a heavy Carhart coat, work gloves, and a Kabar knife. Eventually a downed tree / brush made it impassable and I had to hike back. Check this out at your own risk, otherwise stick to 156 D until the last western leg. Note 4: That "last western leg" is a bit easy to miss and walk past onto 156D10. If you see a big metal structure...thing...you went too far, turn around.

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Caroline Conway
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David Mitchell
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Hiking
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Bobbie Lord
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David Mitchell
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Matt Smith
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Gregory Hoover
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Angela Davis
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Wayne Logarbo
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Bill Presley
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Julius Knade
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Sandra Gay
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Horseback riding
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