“Well-maintained singletrack through rolling pine hills and hardwood bottoms.”
— BJ Null
Good signage, nearby restrooms and parking facilities, paved Rails to Trails adjacent to singletrack complex
Fun, fast trail that is well-maintained with good access, parking, and restrooms. 95% singletrack with only a short section along a pipeline. The trail follows rolling, hilly terrain in upland pines with a few sections where the forest turns to lowland hardwood. All the creek crossings and low spots have well-built bridges and are easily navigable. The trail is color coded and can be followed by using the map posted at Jackson Road station.
The trail is located adjacent to the Long Leaf Trace rails to trails, a paved trail connecting Hattiesburg to Prentiss, MS.
Need to Know
Park at the gravel lot located 500' north of Jackson road station. If you need water, fill up at the Jackson Road restroom station at Jackson Road. Head north (riders right) from the gravel lot, begin singletrack at Green arrow in 1000 feet on the right.
If you are traveling with family or non-riders the trail is adjacent to the paved Longleaf Trace rails to trails. They can walk or ride on this easy and scenic trail while you hit the singletrack. Bathrooms, water and a fitness area at Jackson road.
The trail can be broken up into 5 distinct sections, which all flow together for a 10.5-mile loop.
You'll warm up in the first section, known as the Turtle Trails
. Begin at green arrow 1000' north of Gravel parking lot on the right. This mellow section follows rolling hills and small drainages for +/- 2 miles. At the end of the Turtle Trails
, continue on "8 mile," which parallels below the rails to trails paved trail, and take this to Cow pasture.
After finishing 8-mile, turn right into a rolling hill section (called Cow Pasture
), eventually dumping out on a pipeline. Climb the steep hill and follow the pipeline to the paved rails to trails. Although labeled cow pasture, this section stays in rolling hills and along a pipeline. Once on the pipeline, turn left (uphill), climb the steep hill, then curve left to stay on pipeline to Rain Shed
Cross over the paved trail and continue following the pipeline until Rain Shed
loop appears on the right after 250' on the pipeline. Take the singletrack on the right for Rain Shed
. Wind up and down hills for +/- 0.75 miles, dumping out back on pipeline. Go downhill to start Death Valley
is the first trail on your right at the bottom of the hill
Climb the hill then veer left on Death Valley
loop. Take a right mid- way down the hill to access the Tuffburg section. The Tuffburg section is about 2.5 miles of hilly, technical terrain. This section is not intended for beginners or kids. If you don't want to do the tuffburg section, just stay straight on Death Valley
After 2.5 miles, pop back out on the Death Valley
loop. Follow the Death valley loop for +/- 2.5 miles on flowy, smooth singletrack through upland pines and some lowland areas.
Once you've finished Death Valley
and Tuffburg, head over to Roller Coaster (aka White Trash): After completing Death Valley
at mile 9.50, you'll come back out at the pipeline where Rain Shed
and Death valley began. Turn right and go 150' downhill towards the paved rails to the trail.
50' before the paved trail on the right is the beginning of Roller Coaster Access Trail
(look for a white arrow on right). Follow this rip-roaring whoop de doo trail for +/- 1 mile to the end. The trail exits about 50' north of the beginning loop. Turn right to go back to the car, or jump back on the Turtle Trails
for more mileage
History & Background
The local trail group Hub City MTB and Hub City Velo sponsor this trail.