Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in Mississippi with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This was a descent morning hike that took approximately 2 hours to complete. The trail (green route) wraps around the lake, but hiking the loop requires walking on the park roads. There was a small entrance fee to the park. Some of the footbridges were in bad shape, but it made stream crossings more fun.

Nice easy trail with a few hills. We went just after a rain so had to jump puddles and hike through some mud. Seems to be used a good bit by horseback riders.

Me and my family went hiking and we went in the wooded trail. Found the trail that led to the lookout point which is a 1.5 mile hike from the main trail. Lots of ups and downs on hills. Very beautiful and nice. There are easier trails but the one we went on was medium and good even for all levels. Really enjoyed this hike and will probably go back since it is close to home and interesting. Lots of ducks, birds, squirrels were seen around the lakes and in the woods. Picnic tables located throughout the area.

Very nice trail , well maintained with lots of rest stops and access to water, restrooms, and cold drinks. My only complaint is that we were chased by dogs on three occasions while riding from Prentiss to Hattiesburg.

I started at the Hwy 43 parking lot and walked south 3.5 miles. The first 2 miles (to pipeline) is well maintained. The trail past that point isn’t maintained as well but still easy to follow.

horseback riding
2 months ago

Great trail for hiking and horseback riding.

3 months ago

This trail is beautiful and well maintained. My husband and I completed it in about 2 hours with our 8 month old border collie. The trail is dog friendly, but the track is not...the difference in the two was a little confusing at first if you are not familiar with this area. Our only complaint was the lack of markers directing hikers to the next section of trail after a short walk on a paved road. Now that we know the route, we will definitely be back!

3 months ago

Great place to take your dogs and I have a great experience. So relaxing!

3 months ago

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.

Pretty cool spots to find once you get off the main trail

Pretty flat trail. Well cleared. Make a good trail running trail

Beautiful fall hike. Trail is well maintained with lots of up and down hills. We saw some deer. We don't have very many up and down hill hikes in south Mississippi. This was a great afternoon hike.

This is a horse and hiking trail. Hiked south from Hwy 43 trailhead 3.5 miles and back. Trail is pretty well marked but overgrowth makes it narrow in places. Suggest wearing pants to keep dust, grass and briars off your legs.

My sister and I visited the lake on a day trip and ate a late lunch there. I wish I had more time to explore on the trails. It's a very peaceful place. I hope to visit again in November.

6 months ago

Great place to hike. Very well maintained. Clear trail markers. Lots of hills. Bugs were not too bad but bring bug spray.
We walked the horse trails about half the time which were more challenging and allowed for a different view of the area.

I absolutely loved this Trail. I did find the trail to be slightly tiring in places but the beauty of the trail is magnificent. I will be hiking this trail many more times.

Trail clearly marked.

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!

hilly . maintained trails.

7 months ago

Beautiful and very well maintained

trail running
7 months ago

Lots of wooded trails around the lake. Well maintained.

road biking
8 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.

8 months ago

Awesome trails, but spray yourself good with tick repellant!!!! We had ticks like you wouldn't believe after a 4 mile hike on the mountain bike trails

Some terrain, none of it steep. Trail is well marked and easy to follow. There was a logging operation blocking a short section on June 25, 2017. It was not active on the Sunday we were there. Trail is obviously lightly used.

road biking
9 months ago

Una de mis pistas favoritas de hoy en adelante

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.

9 months ago

Great run you won't find a better run ,hills and recovery well spaced

This is one of my go to hikes while in the Columbus area. It's a very simple but beautiful trail. It's not too strenuous to take my son and dog along with me. The only downside is having to dodge horse poo towards the end of the trail.

Nice long trail. You will see horses and there is a large open camping area as well. Primative camping...no amenities...

got to hiking and not even that far into it I noticed large animal tracks that looked like a big cat of some sort. not long after I laid my eyes on a very large cat of some kind following me from a distance. stalking me is what it was. LoL so be safe when using this trail

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