If you’re looking to traverse the trails with your family, Mississippi has an abundance of beautiful hiking opportunities for you. From loop trails near incredible swamp land, to forested treks surrounded by abundant wildlife, everyone in the family can enjoy these five great hiking trails in Mississippi.
Tanglefoot Trail is 43.6 miles, so it's best to pick a section if you're planning on hiking, but this beautifully-maintained trail is worth a visit. The Tanglefoot Trail was originally a railway, and conversion to a trail was completed in 2013. It travels through six towns, so visitors have a chance to explore some beautiful communities they might not otherwise see.
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Natchez Trace is made up of five separate trails for a total of 60 miles. The trail’s total length, which extends from Mississippi to Tennessee, is around 450 miles. If you’re carting along some less experienced hikers, it’d be ideal to traverse the Blackland Prairie Section of the trail, which is generally not too crowded and is 12.5 miles (back and forth). Trekking through this area, you’ll be gifted with some scenic river views. This particular hike is ideal for all levels of skill, and you can bring the dog along too!
This excellent trail is about 12 miles in length, and travels through Mississippi’s Desoto National Forest. Traverse through swamp-like areas. See pitcher plants, palmettos, and the rare wild orchid, in all their glory. On the western portion of the trail, about a quarter-mile stretch is a hard-packed surface, making it wheelchair accessible.
Experience some truly immaculate beauty hiking at LeFleur’s Bluff. The hiking trail is approximately 2.5 miles and is situated among 365 acres of enchanting woodland. Enjoy the serene beauty of the bluffs and nearby streams that lead to Mayes Lake. If you want to spend some more time immersed in the beauty of the park, consider camping, fishing, or having a picnic.
Tishomingo covers 1,530 acres of land and is characterized by its stunning rock formations. Take in the sights of magnificent cliffs and valleys as you hike this 13-mile trail. Not only can you appreciate the geologic beauty of this park, but also the incredible flora and fauna. Here, you will find hundreds of species of fern, wildflowers, wild turkey, hawks, owls, and more.