Recreational Trails in State Parks
Some of the best views of Mississippi's sunsets, fall foliage, and waterways are best appreciated on a recreational trail. If you like to ride bicycles, horses, or ATVs, or if you enjoy hiking, then there are some great outlets for you in Mississippi. Mississippi's trails carry you through the hills, straight-aways, valleys, small towns, cities, and quiet country roads-just about anywhere you want to go.
Enjoy the natural sights and sounds of Mississippi and view our state's abundant wildlife in natural habitats. There are rolling hills, pine forests and miles of coastline to explore and many miles of trails provide room to roam, plus excellent facilities to make your trip comfortable.
From steep hills to coastal plains, from thick forests to peaceful open areas, Mississippi's trails offer something for everyone, something for every skill level. Get off the beaten path and really let yourself go!
Sunshine, fresh air, natural beauty, action, and adventure-this is Mississippi at its best.
The Recreational Trails include dedicated Nature Trails, Mountain Bike Trails, Equestrian Trails and (ATV) All-Terrain Vehicle Trails. These trails wind through hardwood canopies, pines and showcasing our state's natural beauty. These trails offer different types of terrain depending on which part of the state you are in.
SHARING OUR TRAILS
- A GUIDE TO TRAIL SAFETY AND ENJOYMENT
Responsible trail enthusiasts, have much in common, they have an appreciation for our public lands and want to enjoy what our public lands have to offer.
Smart trail use includes adherence to some basis safety practices. Trails are shared recreation amenities and are accessed by a variety of users at the same time. Please be
courteous to all users, and remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way. All trail users should stay to the right on the trail.
Trails are open to and shared by equestrians, OHV riders, bicycle riders, runners, and hikers. Trail sharing can and does work when people respect each other and work cooperatively to keep each other safe.
While it is important for people to respect each other on the trail, it is important to remember that equestrians are dealing not only with other trail enthusiasts' personalities, they also are working with horses whose temperaments are as individual as our own. Horses' natural instincts can influence their behaviors and affect the way they react to circumstances encountered on the trail.
When young or inexperienced horses encounter new conditions on the trail like OHVs,
bicycles, runners, and hikers, and even certain scents, the flight response can end
with disastrous results for the horse or rider.
When equestrians on well-trained horses and other responsible trail enthusiasts meet
each other on the trail the encounters can be enjoyable social exchanges if the
groups understand how to work together to keep the encounters safe.
Guidelines for equestrians on shared trails
Guidelines for bicyclists when encountering horses on the trail
Guidelines for other non-motorized recreationists when encountering horses on the trail
Interested in safe biking?
Whether biking alone, or with your fellow biking friends, it is always important to remember the basics that will keep your cycling both fun and safe. The follow points might come across as really obvious; however, it is normally by ignoring or forgetting one of these simple facts that a great day's cycling turns into a bit of a nightmare. Here are our suggestions for you.
Finally On the Trail
Use Your Manners!
Be friendly to other people you encounter on the trail.
AND BE SAFE.
See you in the OUTDOORS....