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23.1 mile 37.1 kilometer out and back
85% Singletrack
Intermediate

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Ascent: 1,363' 415 m
Descent: -1,360' -415 m
High: 682' 208 m
Low: 380' 116 m

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Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)

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An awesome 24 mile loop of "The Nox" utilizing the outer trails.

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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.

Overview

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.

Description

This loop starts and ends at the boat ramp on the campground side of Choctaw Lake.
Starting on the Lakeside Trail, in a westerly direction taking Splashing Dog Trail, Rabbits Run Trail, Lost Cemetery Road, Rockcrusher Road, Sheep Ranch Trail, Charlotte's Web Trail - aka CW Trail, Long Bridge Trail, North Trail, Lost Cemetery Road, Rabbits Run Trail, Beaver Lodge Trail and the eastern side of the Lakeside Trail.

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.

This outer loop skips all of the Blue inner and connector trails (Blue A through D Connector Trails, E Trail, Log Jump Trail, Power Line Trail, 3 Bridges Trail), a section of the Lost Cemetery Road that runs parallel with the Rabbits Run Trail and the trails behind the campground (Chata Trail, Cabin Lake Trail and the Headwaters Trail).

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Feb 16, 2019
Sean Shively
Good quality rolling Singletracks. Kiddos to the trail builders.
Sep 2, 2017
Ron Fadsd
Nice find! Very Remote but Met two volunteers working trail. Kudos to Charlotte for her work. 22mi
Apr 6, 2017
Clay Duck
Good ride. Very diverse, river, creeks, hill, and flat trails. Double and singletrack add some variety as well. Overall, a great ride! 21mi — 3h 34m
Oct 24, 2016
Chris Stewart
Nov 28, 2015
John Griffin
Jul 25, 2015
Kassel Alexander
12.6mi

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Derrick Davis
Georgetown, TX
Derrick Davis   Georgetown, TX
It's getting close to that time again, to prepare for the annual The Skool of Hard Nox 50 mountain bike race Apr 14, 2014
Derrick Davis
Georgetown, TX
Derrick Davis   Georgetown, TX
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Stephen Dobek
Winston, GA
Stephen Dobek   Winston, GA
Such an awesome ride. If you’re in the Deep South and haven’t come here yet you’re missing out. The nox gives you miles and miles of rugged xc singletrack, that can be grueling at times, and tons of gravel and double track to ride. The climbing here is tough and plentiful. I don’t mean it’s tough by Mississippi standards, I mean it whooped my butt. A 14 mile ride clocked almost 1500 ft of elevation gain. I don’t get that at most of my regular spots around Atlanta. Free primitive camping in the nat’l forest was a great bonus. It’s remote, bring what you’re going to need, especially water. This is in a dry county; something we didn’t know ahead of time. Not only can you not get after ride drinks for miles in any direction, if you get caught in the park with alcohol it’s a federal offense. Still, we never felt in danger of that happening, and the riding was too awesome for it to matter. Can’t wait to head back for another long weekend. Trail maintenance was awesome!! Apr 7, 2019

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