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

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682' 208 m


380' 116 m


1,363' 415 m


1,360' 415 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Family Friendly Great for kids!

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.


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).


Shared By:

Derrick Davis with improvements by Sean Stevens

Trail Ratings

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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
Splashing Dog Trail running along the banks of the Noxubee River
Nov 17, 2013 near Ackerman, 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
The Splashing Dog Trail running along the Noxubee River with a beaver dam in the background and a splashing dog (Spartacus) in the foreground.
Nov 17, 2013 near Ackerman, MS


Current Trail Conditions

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Dec 27, 2022
James Bishop
Lots of leaves but trails are marked impeccably! Cool trail network and area! 20mi
Jul 4, 2022
Ron Fader
Trails are in amazing condition. Very well marked and no trees down anywhere. Rock crusher is always a nice challenge and really enjoy 3 bridges 22mi
Mar 26, 2022
Ron Fader
As always great trails. Even with some downed trees trail is in great condition 17mi — 2h 40m
Jul 3, 2021
Ron Fader
Great day. Trails were a tad wet in some of the lower spots but all very passable. First time on 3 bridges and loved it. 17mi — 2h 40m
Nov 5, 2020
Ben Kuo
Great singletrack, well maintained and signed. Kudos to the volunteers that blazed this and keep it maintained. Thanks much 23mi — 3h 12m
Feb 16, 2019
Sean Shively
Good quality rolling Singletracks. Kiddos to the trail builders.
Sep 2, 2017
Ron Fader
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

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