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 and horses are also able to use this trail.
This southern charmer invites you to explore the enchanted forests of Mississippi w/ interpretive signs to lead the way. As you can see by the list above, this is truly a multipurpose/multi-use trail. In addition to the activities listed above, you can use this trail for inline skating and walking your dog on a leash. 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 with such establishments as Piggly Wiggly, Bumpers Drive-In, Ward's, and the A.F. Carraway General Store in Bassfield. 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. Say hi to Neil while you're in there. Although it may be possible to ride the length of this trail and back in one day, I don't recommend it. You'll miss a lot of southern charm and beautiful scenery if you're in a rush. I found that the ride from Hattiesburg to Prentiss was good for one day. Although the hotel options in Prentiss were scarce , there were a couple options a ways beyond the end of the trail. Call in advance to make reservations. The good news is that lodging is quite inexpensive in Prentiss and there are some good eateries there.
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.
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.
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
Good way to enjoy the day.
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.
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....
nice trip down from the upper end but no place to camp
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.
Good road biking trail not much elevation change. Was a bit crowded by the university. Was on trail around 5-6PM during the week.
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.
great app great trail...!!!
Its an OK trail. Good if you are running/roadbiking it. Far as senic views, not really any but still a great trail