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The Tanglefoot Trail is now open. It's a 43+/- mile Rails to Trails Conversion (Mississippi's second longest) in NE Mississippi between Houston and new Albany, MS.

 The Jeff Davis Lake owned and managed by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has been re-opened. Access to the lake is provided from the Longleaf Trace on and along the Mayor Buford Blount Contrail. The contrail intersects the Longleaf Trace at near mile post 41 and is 1.3 miles long to the lake. The Jeff Davis Lake provides day use and over night facilities, primitive and class a camping.
The equestrian trail extension from Epley Station to the Beaver Pond is now open!
 It is time for all Golf Cart users to renew their annual permit

The Trace needs design help renovating the structure over the Trace at 7th Street. See Details

Many Thanks to all the partners of the Longleaf Trace

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 Additional donors urgently needed for Project Safe Crossing!

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This is South Mississippi's premier running, biking, hiking, equestrian trail. It is a beautiful linear park,  41 miles long and fairly flat (a rails-to-trails conversion), extending  from Hattiesburg (elevation 220') through Sumrall (290'), Bassfield (460'), and Carson to Prentiss (336'). The trail is 10 feet wide and paved with asphalt. It has been extended to the USM campus, and negotiations are underway to acquire the right of way to downtown Hattiesburg. And can you imagine the impact of someday extending it from Prentiss to Natchez, thus connecting it to the Natchez Trace and Mississippi River Trails?


The Trace is being used daily by many bikers, runners, and hikers. PLEASE BE CAREFUL. Signs are up to warn both motorists and trail users of crossroads. There are many intersections of logging roads and seldom used access roads. But don't be lulled into complacency by these sleepy crossings. The next crossing, which looks very similar from a few yards away, may be a major thoroughfare, with vehicles coming at you at 55 mph.   


As the sign shows, walkers should yield to equestrians, and bikers should yield to both walkers and equestrians. Be courteous and let other trail users know of your approach.   Even if there is plenty of room to pass,  give a warning. A jogger may hear your bicycle coming at the last second and (as recently happened) try to get out of your way in the wrong direction. Horses are also easily startled, and a startled horse can be very dangerous for the rider, and even more dangerous for the walker/biker/skater that startled him.  In all cases, be sure the other  party knows you are there before passing. 

Parking Area and Rest Room at Epley. This is just off Highway 589 at Epley Road

Much of the trail is well shaded, with wonderful natural landscaping. 
Deep cuts and high embankments through low areas add to the interest. 
   
See lots more pictures of the Trace

Many Thanks need to be given to the private sponsors who stepped up early in the project (1995) when we needed initial matching funding and also needed to show public support for the idea of a trail in order to get the funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation. These people donated their money when the trail was just an idea in Stone Barefield's mind, before the land was purchased from the railroad, and before the cities and counties had signed on. Their enthusiasm and early support was instrumental in the eventual success of the Longleaf Trace. Please read the list of original sponsors, and Current Sponsors, and thank them the next chance you get. 

 

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