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The South Trailhead Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.8 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great loop with lots of climbs and down hill runs, in either direction you choose to ride it.


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Map Key

6.6

Miles

10.7

KM

90%

Singletrack

561' 171 m

High

382' 116 m

Low

435' 133 m

Up

435' 133 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Family Friendly 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.

Overview

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!

Description

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.)

Contacts

Shared By:

Derrick Davis

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  4.8 from 5 votes

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Photos

A nice section of the Sheep Ranch Trail
Nov 13, 2013 near Louisville, MS
Don't be the first on the trail or you run through multitudes of these.
Aug 4, 2020 near Louisville, MS
This trail feels remote. Drive into the woods and ride further into the woods. Has a cemetery too to add to the mood.
Aug 4, 2020 near Louisville, MS
South Trailhead Parking Lot along Sheep Ranch Rd. Sheep Ranch Trail and Cw Trail
Oct 27, 2013 near Louisville, MS
Charolette's Hill of Pain along the CW Trail MP 11
Oct 27, 2013 near Louisville, MS
Spartacus watching over Taylor Davis as he takes a rest half way up "Charlotte's Hill of Pain" at MP 11 on the CW Trail. (fall 2011)
Nov 11, 2013 near Louisville, MS

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Apr 17, 2020
Ryan Vaughn
Great trail, well maintained, Power line trail has some good climbs 6.6mi
Aug 19, 2017
Shannon Estes
Jul 1, 2017
Adam Davis
Tough!!
May 2, 2017
Trace Hilbun
Jan 15, 2014
Derrick Davis
Great ride, but chilly