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backpacking
3 days ago

All in all a nice trail. (I backpacked from Janice landing to fairley bridge landing.) Although it could use a little maintenance (a lot of trees blown down in the recent storms we have had and very grown over in places) and a few well placed bridges over the more treacherous water crossings would help. *mile markers would be awesome*

Some sections allow horses. Definitely bring trout bug spray for the skeeters. It’s a nice peaceful trail close enough to civilization if you need it.

Used to be good when it was maintained and well kept. Too tall of grass and bridges are out in various places.

The hike to the dam was beautiful and pleasant but after that the trail in the forest was poorly maintained, basically just paint on trees and had many many tiny ticks on us. The forest trail needs more work to have a more pleasurable hike.

Over the past two weeks I've started a hike from the north and also from the south. The trail is overgrown, in some places the grass is above the knee and it is hard to see what is around your feet. Our hike from the south ended about 0.5 miles in when my dog was bit by a copper head he/I just couldn't see because of the overgrowth. The area is otherwise beautiful, but the trail is just too overgrown for me to hike again in the summer which is a shame. If you do go, heavy pants/boots/snake gaiters are recommended.

Easy trail but nice view of the cypress swamp, would recommend if your close by.

I hiked this trail with a group of friends, 4.5 miles out and back. This was my first time on this trail and first time to visit De Soto National Forest. Both the trail and forest were beautiful. Some of the largest butterflies I've ever seen in my life. Saw a few deer as well. I was expecting the trail to be a little more narrow, but thats okay. Overall it was a fun trail, easy to find, and very easy to hike, (at least for this section.) I'd like to do a thru hike at some point of it, most likely some time in the fall or late winter. The Mississippi heat is real.

Had to lower the rating after coming over and seeing some ticks on my leg

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.

backpacking
9 months ago

My 3 kids (age 10 and under) and I did this hike the week of Thanksgiving 2017. We did a there & back starting at Janice Landing and hiking to US 49 before turning back. We stashed food and water on US 49 to keep our weight to a minimum and did this in a 3 day 2-night trip. We camped at 31.02766 -89.09828, which is on a nice high bluff about 50 yards off the trail. This made for a REALLY long second day of about 20 miles, but was necessary as we got a bit of a late start the first day.
The trail is decently marked although we did go off trail twice by mistake. There are a lot of hunting trails that intersect where its easy to suddenly find yourself on the wrong trail. I used an app on my phone that used my GPS location to tell me where I was, which was helpful when we went off trail. The biggest bummer on this trail is that it doesnt have mile markers. You can only use landmarks on a topo map to estimate where you are. A good topo map and a compass is a must. Make sure you know how to use them as we passed two ladies who had no map and thought they were on a different 0.5 trail, when they were actually a mile or two away from their car.
The trail follows the river for much of the it, which provides for decent scenery. I thought the most beautiful part of the hike was being on the top of the hills. The only wildlife we saw was a flock of turkeys and a couple of hunting dogs. There were very few people on the trail.

Vmery nice short walk. Anyone can make the short trip and enjoy the quiet and calm that comes with it

hiking
10 months ago

Lowland trail through pine forest and some tall grassy open areas. Topography not all that exciting but it is a nice quiet path great for a relaxing afternoon hike.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Easy short walk, mosquitos are horrible so bring bug spray.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Pretty, but would've been better without the trash strewn around the trailhead area.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

my husband and I did the Virginia Pine trail. overall ok but got a little lost once we got to the campground on where the trail picked back up. We look forward to doing the other one soon.

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Really beautiful, and an easy "hike". DO NOT go without insect repellant!!! The mosquitoes were unbelievable, but I guess you expect that in a swamp in Mississippi in early September!! Cool pictures...I didn't see any alligators or snakes, thank goodness. Don't miss it if you're on the Natchez Trace. It's worth a trip in any case.

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.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

A solid recreation area/campground hike. Features an Indian mound and an overlook of Chewalla Lake. The section through the woods south of the campground will need to be reblazed soon. Also, you can combine this route with part of the Virginia Pine Trail to form a semi-loop.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Not bad but needs lots of work. Several areas do not have bridges, so you will get wet and dirty. You will cross a major highway and the trail markings are terrible.

Under construction on the early parts of this trail but overall well marked.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

trailhead actually a ways down from maps landing. that part of the trail is torn up by four wheelers. The trail head is littered with trash. so flies are very aggravating.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The scenery is beautiful, but it's not labeled properly. I didn't see any mile markers on the trail. It was just okay for me.

camping
Sunday, March 12, 2017

10 sites with electric and water hookup, the rest are primitive but nice.

The trail was overgrown in most areas. The trail also just stops without warning and I found myself trailblazing through the woods. Which isn't a bad time, but it wasn't the fun that I was wanting to have. If you run across the damn there are some four wheeler trails you can run on through the woods, but those aren't very good either and are pretty overgrown. Overall the woods are beautiful, but the trails don't seem to have been maintained at all in years and years.

hiking
Thursday, January 12, 2017

I've hike this trail many times. Conditions can vary wildly, and areas along the trail were recently logged. As of August 2018, parts of the trail are severely overgrown, and if you haven't been there before can be difficult to follow.

hiking
Monday, November 28, 2016

Hiked from Old Hwy 49 to Anderson Loop-Government rd. 319. It is a beautiful pine forest hike with few water shed ravines. I found it to be an easy hike. It had been cleared recently.

amazing photos can be taken. but watch out for gators!

backpacking
Monday, June 20, 2016

This trail was a nice surprise in Southern Mississippi. It was never too difficult, but I recommend long pants and maybe boots as the grass is rather talk and the snakes plentiful! Also, it was a tough task finding the start of this trail. Overall, definitely worth it!

Good outing for my 8- and 3-year-old sons. Easy to walk and nice benches and bridges.

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