Saddleback Ridge and Flatrock Trail

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Tishomingo State Park

Saddleback Ridge and Flatrock Trail is a 4.7 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Tishomingo, Mississippi that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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: 4.7 km Elevation Gain: 103 m Route Type: Loop

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The Saddleback Ridge/Flat Rock Trail is a combination of the Flat Rock and Saddleback Ridge Trails that begins at the Park Visitor's Entrance area, following along rocky outcrops, crossing several springs and streams. The trail passes by the camping area and provides a perfect opportunity to view areas of ferns, wildflowers, outcroppings and wildlife. . The main trail continues along the lake and levee and to the picnic area and on to the Saddle Back Ridge Trailhead. Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Tishomingo State Park is steeped in history and scenic beauty. Archaeological excavations confirm the presence of Paleo Indians in the area now encompassed by the park as early as 7000 B.C.; the park takes its name from the leader of the Chickasaw nation, Chief Tishomingo. The famous Natchez Trace Parkway, the premier highway of the early 1800s and a modern scenic parkway, runs directly through the park. Today's visitors to Tishomingo State Park discover the same timeless natural beauty that enchanted the Indians centuries ago. Tishomingo offers a unique landscape of massive rock formations and fern-filled crevices found nowhere else in Mississippi. Massive boulders blanketed in moss dot the hillsides, and colorful wildflowers border trails once walked by Native Americans.

This trail has a little bit of everything... creeks, shade, lake views, and more. The beginning does consist of rock formations that are nice to look at, but does give the trail the moderate rating. We hiked this trail with our 10yo and 6yo and enjoyed it very much. The weather was slightly overcast and about 70 degrees. Made for a nice trip.

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3 months ago

This recording is of a loop of every trail in the park. Trails were a mess when I went: lots of blowdowns, completely flooded sections and plenty of bushwhacking to navigate around poor maintenance. When conditions are good though, this is some of the best hiking in Mississippi.

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7 months ago

Overall easy trail with a few uphill climbs verifying the Moderate rating. Beautiful rock formations for climbing and is the only location in Mississippi with Rick's like this. Trail was dry for us but looks like creeks and streams would be gorgeous after decent rains.

Fri Apr 12 2019

Nice little hike, beautiful weather and easy to follow.

Tue Apr 02 2019

Easy hike, well marked trail. Mainly through the woods though there are some rock formations in the very beginning. Will do again.

Sun Oct 07 2018

Good trail along the ridge.

Sat Sep 15 2018

Great hike..Not bad at all and weather was great

Fri Jul 13 2018

Nice trail through the wilderness of the park.

Mon Apr 24 2017

very nice! little waterfall at the start was super cute.

Fri Oct 21 2016

Great park close to home we've been many times

Wed Aug 26 2015

Nice trail that arches through a disc golf course next to the lake at the park. very short but has nice views through the Forrest with giant rocks that have fallen down the arched slopes of the trail. short and sweet, a great way to start your hike and then try bear creek 2 miles down the road.

Sun May 31 2015

Very nice trail system, easy to follow and lots of neat nature features. Had a great time, bridge was cool.

Mon Feb 09 2015

i spent a great weekend at Tishomingo State park. I was totally surprised. I hiked all 13 miles. The best would have to be the Swinging Bridge trail. Saddleback was pretty moderate nice trail. the bridge is out so had to make a detour

Mon Apr 21 2014

Combining the Saddleback Ridge and Flat Rock Trail made this a nice 4 mile in and out trail that begins at the Tishomingo State Park entrance. This trail follows atop Saddleback Ridge, a large outcropping of rocks. While walking along the trail you will notice numerous small caves among the many rock formations and the trail crosses several streams. After the trail reaches the peak of the ridge it winds its way around the picnic pavilion, crosses Haynes Lake Dam and to the Saddleback Ridge Trailhead. The scenery is nice and reminds you of some of the Appalachian Mountain Trails. Much of the hike is easy, especially around the lake; however, lack of switchbacks and steep climbs rates this trail as moderate.

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