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Really pretty views of the river, swamps and wildlife. However, if it has been raining, be mindful of flooding and mud.

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blowdown
off trail
over grown
washed out
7 months ago

I love Black Creek for kayak/canoe floats. This time we floated from Janice Landing to Fairley Bridge Landing to gauge mileage & scout out sandbars for an overnight paddle in July. This section is very scenic & easy for inexperienced paddlers. Water level was just at 5’, but the recent floods got up to 23’! You can definitely tell a massive flood tore thru the area with trees down horizontal to the bank, & fewer across the creek. Since this is a wild & natural river system, man does not clear any debris. He leaves it to Mother Nature, & she does a pretty good job! Last year, at 4.5’ or so level, there were several trees across the way & we had to find a way thru. Those are all swept away now & as of yesterday, we had no impediments. That may chance once the water level lowers another foot. According to my Strava & AllTrails, the total distance from Janice to Fairley Bridge Landing is ~12 mi. By segment, Janice to Cypress Landing is 5.8 mi, & Cypress Landing to Fairley Bridge Landing is right at 6.2 mi, which differs from other websites (4 mi & 7 mi). Use your own judgment to gauge time for the trip, allowing plenty of time for lounging on the numerous white sandy sand bars along the way. This is a great way to spend a hot day. Cold water, relatively little trash compared to most places, & so very peaceful. Be watchful for Fairley Bridge Landing as it’s tucked in on the west (right) bank about 500 yrds BELOW the Bridge. There is a nice wide sand bar on the right, then about 40 yrds further there’s a bunch of little marker ribbons, then the Landing. You will have to pay close attention or you’ll miss it. It’s concrete, but covered in mud & sand. Just looks like a break in the steep bank. Oh & if you need a shuttle, Red Wolf Adventures located on Hwy 29 about a mi south of Janice Landing is the best! Chris & Jason are really nice, & we always hire them even when we have our own yaks & canoes. REALLY REASONABLE RATES for rentals & shuttles. They also shuttle for the Black Creek Hiking Trail (Desoto National Forest Trail), too!

Great for paddle campout. Best when water is 4-6’. Wear water shoes if you walk in the water. There’s broken glass and cans and who knows what else down there.

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washed out
Wed Feb 06 2019

Went out here about a month ago after a very rainy period. The trail was flooded in places. That was not an issue. In fact, it added some fun to a easy walk. There are markers identifying the different trees. The disappointing thing was all of the trash. It was disgusting.

hiking
Sat Feb 02 2019

Short, easy gravel trail along the old channel of the Yalobusha River below the dam at Grenada Lake

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Launched at the first launch and paddled down to Moody's to let some people off. Paddled a little over half way to Janice landing, and spent the night on a sandbar, camped overnight there, woke up the next morning and headed out. Over all a great experience and would be good for family and friends. Wasn't too technical and definitely makes for a great day trip or overnight trip.

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.

Nice little 2 day trip. Launched the canoes at Moody's Landing and finished at Cypress Creek Landing about 16 miles down. Camped about a mile north of Janice Landing on a great sandbar after seeing a deer cross the creek and climb the ledge up the opposite side. Water level was at roughly 5.5 feet, which kept us from having to do any walking or lifting the canoes over logs.

This relatively easy kayak and canoe trail winds its way through DeSoto National Forest. Don't expect rapids or too many other impediments, the paddling is very easy. White sand beaches throughout the river make it an ideal spot to camp along the way.

I hiked across the dam and up the trail to the left for about a mile. It was a fairly easy hike. It looked like horses had been on the trail too. I want to make the complete loop this spring.

This is the 1st park I went to using this park. I didn't read that is was there and back (my fault) so we went further until we run into people who said we should turn around. We walked about 6 miles instead of 4, but it is ok. it wasn't real hard or steep. there are no signs (that's bad). the 1st mile is very easy and it is a beautiful area. This a great 1 to 2 hour walk on a pretty afternoon.

Love this area. I live a mile from here and come here often. I would love to see this park repaired and the trails more defined. It does need maintenance and running water. Truly enjoy this natural, pristine park.

This is an easy either 2 or 4 mile loop from the boat ramp to the swimming area and back for a 2 mile loop or for a 4 mile loop by hiking to the east end of dam and back. The spring fed lake and surrounding forest provides a pristine setting with overlooks and some very scenic views. The trail winds around the lake and surrounding hills populated with some impressive white oak and shortleaf pine trees.

This is an easy 1mile loop from the boat ramp and back or a 2.5 mile loop by hiking to the dam and back. The remote lake and surrounding forest provides a pristine setting. The trail winds around the lake and surrounding hills populated with some impressive white oak and shortleaf pine trees. The US Forest Service is installing culverts where some of the bridges are washed out so the trail is rough in places. The trail was overgrown and has recently been sprayed to control the vegetation. The trail and lake really needs maintenance.

This is an easy 1mile loop from the boat ramp and back or a 2.5 mile loop by hiking to the dam and back. The remote lake and surrounding forest provides a pristine setting. The trail winds around the lake and surrounding hills populated with some impressive white oak and shortleaf pine trees. The US Forest Service is installing culverts where some of the bridges are washed out so the trail is rough in places. The trail was overgrown and has recently been sprayed to control the vegetation.

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