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Longleaf Trace

40.6 mi
State: MS
Asphalt
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Stretching nearly 41 miles northwest from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg to small-town Prentiss, Longleaf Trace traverses landscapes that range from the bustling heart of...
MS 40.6 mi Asphalt
Ridgeland Natchez Trace Multi-Use Trail offers a scenic trip paralleling Natchez Trace Parkway just north of Jackson. The 10-mile paved pathway begins on the southwestern shores of the Ross Barnett...
MS 10.5 mi Asphalt

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Ridgeland Natchez Trace Multi-Use Trail

MS - 10.5 miles

Ridgeland Natchez Trace Multi-Use Trail offers a scenic trip paralleling Natchez Trace Parkway just north of Jackson. The 10-mile paved pathway begins on the southwestern shores of the Ross Barnett...

Longleaf Trace

MS - 40.6 miles

Stretching nearly 41 miles northwest from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg to small-town Prentiss, Longleaf Trace traverses landscapes that range from the bustling heart of...

Longleaf Trace

MS - 40.6 miles

Stretching nearly 41 miles northwest from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg to small-town Prentiss, Longleaf Trace traverses landscapes that range from the bustling heart of...

Ridgeland Natchez Trace Multi-Use Trail

MS - 10.5 miles

Ridgeland Natchez Trace Multi-Use Trail offers a scenic trip paralleling Natchez Trace Parkway just north of Jackson. The 10-mile paved pathway begins on the southwestern shores of the Ross Barnett...

Ridgeland Natchez Trace Multi-Use Trail

MS - 10.5 miles

Ridgeland Natchez Trace Multi-Use Trail offers a scenic trip paralleling Natchez Trace Parkway just north of Jackson. The 10-mile paved pathway begins on the southwestern shores of the Ross Barnett...

Longleaf Trace

MS - 40.6 miles

Stretching nearly 41 miles northwest from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg to small-town Prentiss, Longleaf Trace traverses landscapes that range from the bustling heart of...

Recent Trail Reviews

Longleaf Trace

Bucket List Ride

October, 2017 by tommyrunnels51

Excellent Hall of Fame rail trail. I rode from Prentiss to Hattiesburg. Elevation drops 300+ ft. Absolutely beautiful and serene on this paved trail. Only concern is the # of roads crossing the trails making it impossible to ride steady speed w/o slowing down for cross traffic. Plenty rest areas. Ride took 3 1/2 hrs. Will ride again.

Longleaf Trace

Great Fun!!

September, 2017 by 2zealouskrusties

We started out just before the 5 mile marker in Hattiesburg, we thought it would be good to leave from our hotel (Baymont). Not good, we had to ride through 8 blocks of steep hills, thick traffic on a road not made for bicycles. Once on the trail we started to enjoy riding. The trail is well maintained and provided well spaced stops with vending machines and bathrooms. To Prentiss, there are several upward inclines, not steep, but we had to stay in first gear a lot. Spent the night at the Western (adequate) and returned the next day. Wow! we did it, 80 miles in 2 days!

Longleaf Trace

December, 2016 by kalebraybon

Accordion

Longleaf Trace

Great Trail--Almost Deserted

October, 2016 by rhood_tl

We drove about 300 miles to ride this trail. We stayed at the Westin Inn in Prentiss and drove to Hattiesburg to start our ride. This was October 29, 2016.

We planned to ride from the beginning of the trail at SMU but SMU took over the trail parking lot for their homecoming. They planned to tow away all cars parked after noon that day. NOT VERY FRIENDLY IN OUR VIEW!!!!

We had to start our ride 7 miles further up the trail at the next parking area. The trail is great. Stopped at Sumrall for lunch. We saw no one else using the trail after Sumrall. It was completely deserted. Expected a 41 mile trail but when the mile markers went to 42, then 43, then 44 miles we began to wonder. We finally got to Prentiss at 44+ miles and rode about half a mile to our hotel.

The Westin Inn is a very nice little hotel. Clean, updated, friendly staff who live on the property and reasonable price.

Signs showing how to get to the trail are everywhere except in Prentiss!!!

Longleaf Trace

A Great Trail

October, 2016 by gzymmb

We rode this trail from the University trailhead away from the city. It doesn't take long to realize why this is a Hall of Fame Trail. Wide, well-maintained, and excellent support facilities make this a pleasure to ride upon. One of the top 5 trails I've been on. A great positive for this area.

Longleaf Trace

Great scenery, fun ride

October, 2016 by your_leaf_man

Longleaf Trace

A nice day for a nice ride!

October, 2016 by jlogan107

Rode the trail from the Hattiesburg trailhead at USM to Prentiss and back on September 29, 2016. The weather was great! First cold front of the fall and the temps were in the low 70's to low 80's.

I agree with pretty much everything that has been said. This is an excellent trail and nicely maintained! There are restrooms and water stops with soft drink machines all along the way. There is also a Ward's Hamburgers right off the trail near Bassfield if you need some lunch.

Since it was a Thursday, there weren't a lot of people out using the trail, and from Sumrall to the end at Prentiss, I think I saw perhaps 4 or 5 people.

There are long stretches of straight runs, but very subtle changes in elevation. Between Bassfield and Prentiss, the trail showed signs of little use with leaves and limbs on the asphalt, but nothing that would hinder you at all.

I did see six deer at different spots around Carson. One person spoke of being harassed by dogs, but I never had any problems. There are several bridges between Carson and Prentiss which help break up the monotony at times. The asphalt between Hattiesburg and Sumrall is showing signs of wear and patches are visible in areas.

Overall, an outstanding trail! It is a tough ride to do all 82 miles round trip, but as long as you stay hydrated, carry snacks and pick a nice day, it can make for a nice day out. Just know your limits and know when to turn around if you need to.

Longleaf Trace

great trail!

August, 2016 by katuvball

Lots of places to stop and use the restroom as well as fill up your water bottle. There are also vending machines and a lot of shaded spots to sit and rest. Great job with the trail. Nice to grind out some miles without the sun baking you.

Longleaf Trace

The Mississippi Queen

May, 2016 by koldtoess

I started my ride at the northern terminus, Prentiss, where there is a very nice shaded trailhead/mini-park with restrooms (opened at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday). After a couple of miles under a nice overcast sky, I took the 1 ½ mile paved spur (grades up to 15%) that led to Jeff Davis Lake. This would be a great place to bikepack camp and fish or just to break. Upon returning to the Longleaf, I found the mostly shaded trail winding itself above the creeks, around horse trails, through small towns and among the sunken rail beds of southern MS. I took a break at the Sumrall station where there is a large covered pavilion and vending, typical at most town stations, so bring dollar bills. I continued (40 miles) until I met my wife parked at the Jackson Road Station & Dog Park (1 of 3 parking areas at Jackson Rd.) which was nice but not suitable for picnicking due to dog smells. We began the last 5 miles of the trail to the SMU Gateway by yo-yo’ing 10 miles. This section of the Longleaf became more populated and urban with a trail bridge over I-59 and two picturesque RR tunnels. Near the south trailhead, there is a snow cone stand up the large wooded stairs. Great treat on a hot day, but you will have to bring your own “sweetener”. We rode our last 5 miles in a roaring thunderstorm that made the trek more memorable, lonelier and wetter. I thought the trail was slightly shy of scenic overlooks, unique local spots and creek crossings but always felt safe while riding and only encountered two small snakes. I love, love and love the “Grand Lady of the South” and MS cyclists! Over this weekend, we stayed in Hattiesburg at the Meador Homestead B&B (bike accessible, ~ 1 ½ miles, from the trail) with Mother Dean for an unbelievable, southern rustic experience.

Longleaf Trace

Jealous from PA

March, 2016 by carolalexander

Spent six days in this area. Had the privilege of pedaling this trail from the university. It is fantastic, well marked, and lots of bathrooms and break areas. There was even a multi-level deck overlooking a swampy area loaded with turtles. The locals have really invested big bucks making this one of the best "Hall of Famer" we ever pedaled. You can be very proud of it! I especially like the no littering sign. "If you see litter - pick it up"

Longleaf Trace

Best trail to ride

January, 2016 by bdabing69

I have ridden this trail several times. Rode the whole thing back in December. On Jan.16 Me and a buddy rode from Sumrall to Bassfield. Great ride, nice hills. The trail is kept very clean and smooth. Will be back with my road bike soon.

Longleaf Trace

great ride

November, 2015 by jcolema7

Rode on a 65degree cloudy day, the ride was great! A little bumpy in some spots but relatively flat w/moderate incline, decline. Very scenic w/mile markers and plenty of rest areas.

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