5 Awesome Trail Running Spots in Mississippi

By Amy Gremillion

 5 Awesome Trail Running Spots in Mississippi

Whether you're training for a marathon or just want the freedom that comes from running, finding a good trail is essential. With all of the beautiful natural areas in Mississippi, there are plenty of places for distance running. We've picked out five of our favorites!

1. Kitty Bryan Dill Memorial Parkway National Recreation Trail

The Kitty Bryan Dill Memorial Parkway is a 3.75-mile trail running through West Point, Mississippi. The surface makes this a good track for running, and since the path connects five parks throughout the city, there's plenty of scenery to enjoy. 

2. Butts Park

The six-mile loop at Butts Park is a popular choice for trail running. The area was originally home to a German POW camp during World War II. The natural-surface trails here are well-maintained, but runners should be aware that the trail is shared by mountain bikers, so stay alert.

3. Clark Creek State Park

Several of the trail options at Clark Creek make for an excellent running location. There are about 1.78 miles of improved trails in this area and 2.6 miles of primitive trails. Choose which one of these suits your skill set, depending on your level of endurance and ambition. Be sure to check the trail map before heading out!

4. Bonita Lakes Park

The trails at Bonita Lakes are also highly recommended for a nice run. This city-owned park features three lakes, including Long Creek Reservoir. The area is relatively primitive and features lovely nature trails, a running/walking track, horseback riding opportunities, picnic areas, and much more.

5. CCC Camp Trail

Located in Tishomingo State Park, the CCC Camp Trail is a true delight to runners. Venture across springs, streams, and intricate rocky outcrops. Peep wildflowers, ferns, and abundant wildlife along your journey, too. The trail is approximately three miles in length. 

 

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