The Noxubeee 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.
The Noxubee Hills Trails are located in the Ackerman Unit of the Tombigbee National Forest in central Mississippi. The trails run through a hilly and remote area of Choctaw and Winston counties. The approximately thirty miles of trail are a mixture of narrow singletrack, abandoned forest roads and roads closed to motorized vehicles. There are two trail heads, one located at Choctaw Lake National Recreation area near Ackerman and the second about 7 miles from Louisville beside the Noxubee Hills Cemetery.
Hikers and riders of all ability levels will discover a beautifully rugged area, remote enough for a genuine sense of adventure and hilly enough to challenge even the best. Come for a day or a weekend and find out for yourself what the area has to offer.
Need to Know
These trails are in a rugged and isolated area and persons wishing to ride or hike them should download the trail map or pick one up from the Forest Service office (closed on weekends). Trail users should come prepared with plenty of water, food and equipment to handle flats or possible emergencies. During hunting season orange clothing is required.
The technical difficulty of the trails ranges from easy to moderate. There are many challenging climbs with some tight switchbacks on the singletrack. There are a dozen creek crossings which have bridges or a reinforced gravel bottom. The trails are well marked with permanent trail markers attached to trees. The perimeter trails which form a 21.6 mile loop from either trailhead are marked in orange in one direction and yellow in the opposite direction. For multiple loop options there are several interior connecting trails marked with blue trail markers. No horses or ATVs are allowed on the trails.