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An awesome five mile trail with lots of climbs and downhill runs.


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4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

Singletrack

677' 206 m

High

523' 159 m

Low

197' 60 m

Up

334' 102 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

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.

Description

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.

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Shared By:

Derrick Davis

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Photos

Taylor making his way up the steady climb on the Sheep Ranch Trail
Dec 16, 2013 near Louisville, MS
A nice section of the Sheep Ranch Trail
Nov 13, 2013 near Louisville, MS
Me(Derrick Davis)riding along on the ravine hugging Sheep Ranch Trail
Nov 11, 2013 near Ackerman, MS
Sheep Ranch Trail and Pigeon Roost Rd
Oct 27, 2013 near Louisville, MS
Landon Voller followed by Big Buddy along the Sheep Ranch Trail
Nov 21, 2013 near Ackerman, MS
A section of the Sheep Ranch Trail running along the edge of a deep ravine
Oct 27, 2013 near Ackerman, MS

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Apr 17, 2020
Ryan Vaughn
Great Trail, technical back country trail with some good runs and some climbs!
Aug 19, 2017
Shannon Estes
Trail is in decent shape right now. There is some forest management activities planned for the near future. We will repair any damaged areas.
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