Longleaf Trace Trail

EASY 22 reviews

Longleaf Trace Trail is a 40.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Hattiesburg, Mississippi that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
40.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
846 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

rails trails

road biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This southern charmer invites you to explore the enchanted forests of Mississippi w/ interpretive signs to lead the way. This is truly a multipurpose/multi-use trail. The trail is also wheelchair accessible throughout its entire length. This trail is not only the longest rail trail in Mississippi, but it is the longest in the south-central United States. It is a very smooth trail with beautifully forested stretches. In addition to the usual trail scenery and tranquility, this trail has some unique and interesting features from a large beaver dam to a year-round Christmas tree. This trail is probably one of the most family-friendly trails in the world. In addition to being fairly flat and smooth, it has frequent rest-stops with bathrooms, vending machines, refreshments, and covered seating. Another unique feature of the trail is the forestry educational signs. All along the way, you will find dozens of signs identifying various common southern species of trees and other flora. You will find such varieties as Loblolly Pine, Supplejack, White Oak, Crabapple, Southern Magnolia, Mimosa, Sassafras, and the trail's namesake Longleaf Pine. Other trail users exhibit that famous southern charm and gentility and trail-users are welcomed in the small towns along the way. The only large town along the trail is Hattiesburg, home to the University of Southern Mississippi on whose campus the trail begins. At this point, there is an information station and bike rental business called the Gateway at Southern Miss. The rental shop has friendly proprietors and an abundance of bikes including a nice selection of recumbents and some tandems. That works out nicely since this trail is ideal for riding recumbents and bicycles-built-for-two. If you've never ridden either, this is the ideal place to give them a try. Some of the businesses along the trail are quintessentially southern. You will feel like you are in an episode of Petticoat Junction as you browse the quaintly cluttered shelves and old-fashioned cash register in this last establishment.

16 days ago

walking
2 months ago

2 months ago

A great place to get in shape or recoup after surgery! Folks are friendly and eager to help with any malfunction you may have . Lots of stops /entrances and exits along the way! Take a weekend and see it! Come once and you'll be back several times!

walking
3 months ago

road biking
4 months ago

I have ridden the LLT numerous times, often 2 or 3 times per week. I thoroughly enjoy my time spent there. The surface is well-maintained, but beginning to show its age.

As much as I enjoy the LLT, there are a few negatives to keep in mind when planning a trip. 1) Things can get crowded from Jackson Station on in to Hattiesburg, especially in the late afternoon. Near USM, I have at times encountered groups of several people walking abreast that don't feel the need to yield to other traffic. 2) In Bassfield and extending a few miles to the south, I have had numerous encounters with four-wheelers on the trace. A few are very polite and slow down near cyclists. More frequently, the four-wheelers run at high speeds and seem to enjoy "buzzing" cyclists. Once I even encountered a group of 6 or 7 four-wheelers that circled me before racing away.

Despite these factors, I continue to enjoy the LLT, but I do find myself being extra cautious.

road biking
5 months ago

Una de mis pistas favoritas de hoy en adelante

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome hike! Be prepared to see lots of people. I did 8.1 miles out and back, 16.2 total miles. Not a lot to see, but very clean and well maintained. Entire trail is paved and it's free to get in. You can park next to the dorms at USM,which is probably the most secure area. Everything is labeled, lots of rest areas and a few restrooms along the way.

11 months ago

wonderful

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Left from the USM station, walked about a mile past the Jackson Road station, turned around and walked back. Great walk, great trail, hardly any traffic on the trial at all (Saturday morning). I would recommend to anyone.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Rails to Trails project, is an easy ride. The downtown section goes through sketchy neighborhoods and industrial sections, so we started near the edge of town. An enjoyable ride.

road biking
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Excellent

road biking
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

hiking
Wednesday, September 02, 2015

If you are looking for a good, easy-going, paved trail, then this trail is for you. I walk my dog on it just about every day. It can have a lot of people on it though

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Good way to enjoy the day.

mountain biking
Monday, July 01, 2013

There's several Mountain Bike Trails near the Jackson Station, roughly 5 miles from the trail head by USM. Turtle Loop, Roller Coaster, and Rail Shed Loop are a few of them. These are fun trails, challenging enough for skilled riders & easy enough for newbies. The trails are mostly shaded, and well maintained by local riders.

road biking
Friday, May 31, 2013

Made this ride from the water tower at the SMU campus to Prentiss and back . Plenty of country and wildlife to see along the way. Very enjoyable ride. A good distance test for anyone. I logged 83 miles on the odometer. Plenty of rest areas and the asphalt surface is in great repair. The trail is very well maintained also. Take water, lunch and enjoy....

road biking
Friday, May 31, 2013

nice trip down from the upper end but no place to camp

hiking
Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Very peaceful once you're outside the city. Well maintained, great smooth ride for roadies. There is also a network of mountain bike trails just past the first rest area a few miles west of the Hattiesburg gateway.

road biking
Sunday, April 07, 2013

Good road biking trail not much elevation change. Was a bit crowded by the university. Was on trail around 5-6PM during the week.

trail running
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The trace is paved so it's great for road biking and running. There are off-road trails close to the Jackson depot that great for mountain biking and trail running.