If you’re looking for a hike that feels a little more like a workout and less like a leisurely stroll, there are several routes throughout the Magnolia State that offer varying terrains, inclines, and obstacles to get the heart pumping. To challenge yourself on your trek through the wilderness, check out these five energizing hikes in Mississippi!
If you're really looking for a challenge, try the Black Creek Trail. This 41-mile hike is definitely a stretch for an intermediate hiker, but it's relatively easy terrain. Keep in mind this is not a loop, so either plan to have a car take you back to your starting point or double back once you get about halfway.
The Tanglefoot Trail is a Mississippi Rails to Trails conversion, meaning it was originally a railroad that is now a hiking trail. In fact, the original railroad was built by Col. William Clark Faulkner, grandfather of the famous author. The total length of the trail is 43.6 miles, but of course, you aren’t expected to tackle the whole thing! With plenty of changing scenery—including fields, wetlands, and six communities—this hike should keep you energized the whole time.
The hiking area at Ethel Vance Natural Area (or Vance Park as it's known locally) is about 13 miles of varying terrain. Perfect for an intermediate hiker, most of the trail is an easy walk, but you'll find some hills and plenty of beautiful scenery to keep you interested and energized throughout your hike.
Traveling there and back, the Tuxachanie Trail is miles of ridges, wetlands, and forest. The Tuxachanie is another trail that follows an abandoned railroad. Scenery includes live oaks, pitcher plants, creeks, ponds, and wooden footbridges. Be aware that a short section of the trail is also a horse trail.
At Clark Creek Natural Area, you can choose between a primitive trail or a more modern "improved" trail. For an exciting intermediate hike, give the primitive trail a shot. The trail is 2.6 miles-long and usually takes about three hours to complete. And you'll get a huge rush when you come across the waterfall on this route!