North Outlet Nature Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Coldwater, Mississippi that features a lake 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: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 150 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching






wild flowers


From I-55, take the Hernando exit then travel west for 10 miles on MS 304/Delta Bluffs Scenic Byway; turn left onto MS 301; follow MS 301 South for 7.1 Miles; turn right onto Arkabutla Dam Rd then turn right into the parking lot and trailhead beside the spillway.

road biking
over grown
27 days ago

Lots of downed trees along trail. Had to carry and lift bikes numerous times. It’s a great trail just need some maintenance after the storms.

1 month ago

Fun and easy trail even for a 4 year old except there were a LOT of trees down from recent storms that were laying across the trail. We had to climb over them. At one point there were so many we thought we were going to have to turn around. It was also very muddy in some areas. 4/2020

recorded North Outlet Nature Trail

off trail
over grown
washed out
2 months ago

5 months ago

Nice and easy trail!!!

6 months ago

Well maintained trail with choices on length. Not very challenging and mostly flat but does have a few short steep ups and downs. Trail is wide enough to walk sibe by side and great to bike and hike. Dog friendly but keep on the leash.

8 months ago

9 months ago

Mon Apr 22 2019

Great jog, watch out for snakes in the spring!

Mon Feb 04 2019

Usually very few people around. Mosquitoes suck in the summer

Wed Jan 09 2019

We love this trail and do it all the time. If it’s been raining then it’ll definitely be muddy so I’d definitely recommend hiking boots.

Mon Dec 24 2018

Nice walking trail. Well maintained and well marked. Pretty scenery.

Wed Jul 18 2018

You can choose a 1, 2, 3, or 5 mike hike by following the colored trail markers. On the 2 mile hike i saw a snake, a raccoon, a large frog, many butterflies and birds, and plenty of mosquitoes. Lovely trail, bring bug spray.

Sun Jun 24 2018

Great trail! Enjoyed the much needed shade on a hot summer day!

Mon Mar 12 2018

Make sure to call ahead to see if there is flooding. Drove an hour and a half for nothing

Sun Feb 04 2018

One of my favorite places to run ! So many options to take . Run on trails jump on roads back on trails . Rest rooms are never that far away . Great trail !!!

Wed Nov 01 2017

Great weather for a hike. Saw lots of squirrels and one armadillo.

Sat Aug 19 2017

This is a very easy trail for anyone and all levels of abilities. This trail is very shady and scenic. If you are looking for a fun trail or even a beginner's trail, look no more, The North Outlet Hiking Trail is your trail :-)

Sat Mar 04 2017

Nice and clean trails. Definitely will be back

Mon Oct 31 2016

Great trail system. Lots of trails for all skill sets.

Sat Jul 23 2016

Nice scenery. Very little traffic, it was great to be alone.

Tue Mar 29 2016

The North Outlet Nature Trail is an easy five mile hike that begins at the Arkabutla Dam Spillway Picnic Area. Lots of wildlife viewing possibilities. The trail begins in a hardwood bottomland and gradually climbs to a an upland hardwood and pine forest with several grassy wildlife openings. The trail is well maintained by the Corps of Engineers. Beware there are snakes in some of the swampy areas including cottonmouth moccasins so watch your step.

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