“A great loop with lots of climbs and down hill runs, in either direction you choose to ride it.”
— Derrick Davis
Short distances if needed. Great views, with lots of rolling hills and deep hollers.
The Noxubee Hills Trail System is in a multiuse National Forest area. During hunting seasons, primarily deer and turkey (spring), you should wear BLAZE ORANGE. All forest users are expected to wear blaze during hunting seasons. There are not a lot of hunters in this area but there are some. A blaze vest or shirt ensures your visibility. Rangers are emphatic that all trail users need to comply with this safety rule.
From the South Trailhead, this loop is one of the most favorite loops of all riders that might not have the time to ride further distances.
Need to Know
If you ride clockwise be ready for some serious climbs near the end of the CW Trail. The climb at MP 11 isn't called the "Charlotte's Hill of Pain" for no reason!
Charlottes Web, or the CW Trail, begins at the South Trailhead on Sheep Ranch road and runs north, roughly paralleling Noxubee Hill road. The southern half of this trail is one of the more technical sections of this trail system. It is narrow with tight turns and short but challenging climbs. The flat mid section is on Noxubee Hill road for 0.2 mile in order to use two existing bridges. The northern half is a gradual uphill with many curves but on wider, more open trail. It terminates at the junction of Log Jump Trail
, Noxubee Hill road and Long Bridge Trail
Sheep Ranch Trail
begins with the Charlotte's Web Trail directly across the road from the South TrailHead. The two trails split in less than 1/10 mile when Sheep Ranch Trail
turns left, crosses Noxubee Hill Rd, and continues to the west, roughly parallel to Sheep Ranch Road. This trail is primarily tight singletrack which occasionally opens onto an old skid road and one fire break lane.
Blue blazed Log Jump Trail
begins about mile 1.4 on Sheep Ranch Trail
and runs north 1.6 miles to the lower end of Noxubee Hill Road. For nearly the first mile this trail runs down a gentle ridge along an old skid road through primarily pine forest. There are some logs across this section of trail offering the challenge of hoping logs though most of the orginal logs have rotted away and the technical challenge is quite minimal. The trail continues down to a creek offering a nice drop into bottomland hardwoods. After crossing the creek the trail continues in bottomland until it reaches an old fire road. Log Jump Trail
crosses the doubletrack and gradually winds uphill until it reaches an open area with a road, a gate and Noxubee Hill Rd. Going straight leads into the CW trail.
History & Background
The area is particularly scenic with impressive ravines dropping away from the Noxubee Crest area . (The Noxubee Crest is a long ridge that forms the top of the watershed for the Noxubee River.)