“An awesome five mile trail with lots of climbs and downhill runs.
— Derrick Davis
This 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.
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. The road is generally not visible from the trail, especially in the summer with one exception when the trail joins the road for just a few yards close to four miles down the trail. This trail is primarily tight singletrack which occasionally opens onto an old skid road and one fire break lane. The section contains several short steep climbs and offers some moderate technical challenge for riders. There is one small rock garden consisting of about 10 yards of exposed small sandstone near the power lines.
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.) The trail runs through mainly hardwoods forest. The fire break lane (between mile one and two) borders a stand of young pines. An overlook afforded by the power line right of way, approximately 3 1/2 mi down the trail, is worth a break to enjoy, particularly in the winter when leaves are off the trees.
The western end of this trail borders private land and ends when the trail Ts onto Rockcrusher Road
, a gated forest road which is part of the trail system. There are two trails that connect with Sheep Ranch Trail, the first is Log Jump trail at about 1.4 miles and the second is the Power Line Trail
at about 4 miles. Each of these trails will be described in another post.