Links to Information about towns along the Longleaf Trace
Map of the Trace
Most pictures of
the Trace have been miniaturized to keep the page from
being too slow. Click on the thumbnails to see the pictures full sized.
Official Sign at Jackson Road, showing the major sponsors
Map of the trail.
|Prentiss||Ed Parkman Road||Carson||Bassfield||Lott Circle||Sumrall||Epley||Clyde Depot||Jackson Road||Gateway
The Trace is now officially open and is being used daily by many bikers, runners, and hikers. BE CAREFUL. All the signs are up to 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.
The mile maker signs show mileage (from the downtown train station, as per the old railroad markers, not the distance on the trail), the corresponding kilometers, and mile sponsor.
Click on the thumbnail to see the picture described.
Parking Area and Rest Room at Jackson Road, 1/2 mile north of 4th Street
Beautiful fern bank 1 mile from Jackson Road
A special feature now fully operational is a rest stop at Clyde, about 3 miles from Jackson Road. Built and originally operated by Mr. and Mrs. Bond, who live adjacent to the stop, it has a rest room, picnic tables, and drink machine. It can be reserved for groups. To reach Clyde by car, turn off 4th street onto Railroad Avenue. The Bonds live on the right just before the trail and the station.
Clyde Depot Scenes
Here is the text of several notices posted in the shelter area at the depot.
Several scenic ponds are passed on your way to Sumrall
Parking Area and Rest Room at Epley. This is just off Highway 589 at Epley Road
The trail leaves Epley, heading west toward Sumrall. Note the
horse and mountain bike trail (just to the right of the paved trail).
This side trail covers 25 miles from Epley to Carson.
Paved trail to the left, horse trail on the right, between Epley and Sumrall.
Californian Aimee Meyer on Bandit (left), and Nicole Blackburn on Doc,
unload at Epley and start out the horse trail
Much of the trail is well shaded, with wonderful natural landscaping.
Deep cuts and high embankments through low areas add to the interest.
The Parking Area in Sumrall is at Railroad and Center Streets, next to the Post Office
Heath Sumrall is building a bike shop, snack bar, game room, and golf cart complex next
to the Trace in Sumrall. He is already renting golf carts and selling snow-balls.
Call him at 758-4900.
Sumrall Mayor Darwin Graham and his wife Evelyn enjoy a morning walk on the Trace
have reported taking a very pleasant bicycle trip to Sumrall, eating lunch
at Lau-Tori's, and returning. The service is reportedly good, the food excellent, and the prices
very reasonable. The restaurant is just off the Trace; take the side road paralleling the Trace
to your right (going west) as you cross Center Street (the main street) in downtown Sumrall.
Po-Boy's, Cajun fries, and fried ice cream!
Lau-Tori's Fine Foods in Sumrall, and their new bike rack under the trees.
Just west of Sumrall two sturdy bridges cross small streams.
This one was sponsored by Bobby Chain, one of the Trace's early supporters.
Ms. Gladys has a beautiful flower garden along the trail west of Sumrall at B. Morris lane.
You get a chance to meet local residents on the trail. Here the Ryders and Ann
talk to Willie Taylor, Marcus Owens, and Elijah four miles from Bassfield.
There are several gravel parking lots especially suitable for horse trailers. One is in Carson,
and this one is at Lott Circle between Bassfield and Sumrall. Both are visible from highway 42.
Four K Stables is a deluxe stable near the Trace in Bassfield, and has parking
for horse trailers, RV's, and large groups. See pictures of their facilities.
Primitive campers are also welcome, plus a bunk house is available.
See the 4K Stables web site for more details.
To get to 4K from Highway 42, turn at the Texaco station and go 1 block to General
Robert E. Blount Boulevard. Turn right and 4K will be the first gravel drive on your
left (Just after Jefferson Street)
The Trace passes through downtown Bassfield.
Another view of downtown Bassfield from the Trace.
Access parking lot just west of Bassfield at Garroway Road and Hwy 35.
There is an RV dumping station at this parking lot, and a Ward's nearby.
Note park benches if you want to stop and rest awhile.
A picnic pavilion erected by Johnny Kerley in memory of his father,
Jack Kerley, is just across the Trace from the parking area in Bassfield
More pictures in Bassfield
Parking area along 42 across from the Post Office in Carson.
Also see pictures of trailer parking and primitive camping area.
A new picnic pavilion along the Trace in Carson
Historic Bank in Carson just off the Trace. (now being dismantled)
You pass several more bridges going west from Carson.
Another access parking area 3 miles from Prentiss at Ben Parkman Road.
A long bridge just east of Prentiss, sponsored by Lamar Bank.
The Trace ends in downtown Prentiss in a beautifully landscaped park.
More pictures of the Prentiss park, including a group of riders passing the sponsor sign
(Pictures courtesy of Laurie Sears)