Ridgeland Natchez Trace Multi-Use Trail

Mississippi

Ridgeland Natchez Trace Multi-Use Trail Facts

States: Mississippi
Counties: Madison
Length: 10.5 miles
Trail end points: Natchez Trace Parkway and Natchez Trace Village Lake Dam
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7800176
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Ridgeland Natchez Trace Multi-Use Trail Description

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 Reservoir and dives immediately into woodlands.

As the trail approaches Highway 51, trail-goers have an opportunity to leave the woodlands to access restaurants at Trace Station Shopping Center near the intersection of the highway and Jackson Street.

After crossing Highway 51, the trail enters the community of Ridgeland proper. A pretty pedestrian bridge adjacent to the city's water tower passes over a set of railroad tracks and Madison Drive. The trail now follows the opposite (north) side of the Natchez Trace Parkway, and remains so for the rest of its journey.

The parkway's bridge over I-55 includes a divided lane for bicyclists and pedestrians, after which trail-goers will be dropped off south of Renaissance at Colony Park, an upscale shopping complex. This is roughly the halfway point for the trail. It continues through mostly wooded areas until its end near the Madison County line.

Parking and Trail Access

On the east end of the trail, parking is available at Old Trace Park, off Post Road. Along the trail, the shopping areas of Trace Station (500 Highway 51) and Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway) also have parking lots.

Ridgeland Natchez Trace Multi-Use Trail Reviews

My wife and I spent the weekend in Ridgeland, staying at the Hyatt located where I-55 crosses the Natchez Trace Parkway. We rode from the Reservoir overlook (eastern end of the bike trail) to I-55 and back on Friday, and then from I-55 to the western end of the trail and back on Saturday. The city of Ridgeland (I assume) is constructing an asphalt path along the west side of Highland Colony Parkway that connects to this trail at its midpoint just west of I-55. Nearly complete as of July 2015. This spur path makes for easy access between the trail and the hotels and businesses along Highland Colony Parkway. Really nice ride; the trail is smooth, well-maintained, even if it was a bit hilly for these old legs. Stay alert and you may be rewarded with a deer sighting. We really enjoyed it.

What a wonderful surprise to find this trail. The lake at the east end of the trail is worth the trip. It is well maintained, extremely friendly and the canopy over the eastern sections helped shade the afternoon sun. This is certainly on our return trail list.

This trail is well maintained, it's a bit hilly, but an excellent work out.....I'll do it again.....,¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿

Accordion

It's a trail with many hills to conquer, but for most every hill going up, you have an equal hill to coast down if you choose for a little break. Beautiful scenery.

Good Multi-use trail.

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