Bethel Road Trails - TRAIL

Bethel Road Trails - Trail, Biloxi, Mississippi

The Bethel trail system is a set of rehabbed motorcycle trails dating from the mid-70's, which incorporate several trails: Bethel, Lost (reviewed elsewhere), Couch, Briar Patch, Badlands, and Rattlesnake. Parts are packed dirt, parts are sandy, parts follow a beautiful creek, and other parts are very twisty. It's nearly all singletrack, with lots of bail-out points onto the main dirt road. The hills are few and low, with only one or two challenging climbs. There's a full description of each trail in the system at the web site. There is a motorcycle enduro held most years in May on some sections of the trails, but the rest of the year it it bicycle-only. The new Couch-Badlands loop is the best section, and has the least sand. The trailhead area has a bathroom (thank you USFS!) and a primitive campground. Bring water, lots in summer. The bottom line is that it's the only large, legal trail system on the Mississippi Coast.

User Reviews (21)

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TimT   Cross Country Rider [Jan 19, 2013]

Having my local trail rained out for about 2 months strait. I asked around and my friends all said this trail would be dry. They were right. It is sandy and a bit of rolling hills. I can see rain actualy helping this trail out. Not to technical, some parts are quite fast. Needs better signage for sure. Even though its about 2 hours away from me I'll have to keep it in mind when it rains here and I'm jonesing for a ride.

Similar Products Used: Mt. Zion, Clear Springs, Commite, Hooper Rd. Spillway.
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4
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3
Waltah   Cross Country Rider [Jan 09, 2012]

Couch is back up and running with 2 new bridges. Also added to couch is a 3-4ft drop off and a see saw. the trail is in great shape right now aside from some overgrowth that you will brush against but its rare. love this trail

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4
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3
gismo314   Cross Country Rider [Mar 03, 2011]

As stated previously, this is one of the nicer trails in the area for deep South riders to get a fix. Unfortunately, after driving 150 miles from Louisiana to ride, I found the bridge at Couch was still out! There were many other riders using the trail that day, too. I'm surprised they let such a nice venue go down like that. Hope it gets fixed soon because I want to go back and make the trip worthwhile.

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4
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3
TXNavy   Racer [Nov 30, 2010]

I recently rode the Bethel Road trails during an extended road trip through the southeast. I chose them because of proximity to where I was staying in Biloxi...they're just a little north of town and easily reached from I-10.

If you're from California or the north east where there are mountains, rocks and logs, none of those things are here and it's not going to be challenging. But for the flat south east the club that built these trails did a terrific job and it is a great way to get a weekly fix of trail riding. The trail is a combination of light sand, fallen pine needles and grass over a clay base. Most of it winds through open fields, but they did add as much curvature as they could to make it interesting. There are some roots in a few places, but nothing very difficult. Except for some rollers on a grassy section of double track, there's very little to jump off of. Only a handful of small drops.

Couldn't help but think this would be a fun weekday XC race course, and I'm sure they must host a few. The flatness would make it a speed test and negate the climber's advantage, but the turns and intermittent sandy spots or slippery pine needle piles would make it just interesting enough.

Customer Service

I started in the parking lot and headed south through the "briar patch" and "badlands." After looping back I went north and looped through the trails on that end.

If you do any of them, go for the south loops...

Similar Products Used: None, this is all I had time for in Mississippi unfortunately.
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4
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2
Natsport   Weekend Warrior [Aug 04, 2010]

Rode the trails twice this past weekend, had a great time. First me and my girlfriend hit Briar Patch. Briar Patch was a nice single track that had just a little bit of growth hanging into the trail. It had a few nice tight turns and some gradual inclines/declines. She had no problems at all with the trail. Next, we hit Couch and discovered it to be a little more technical. I liked this trail much more than she did, she had a few problems on the inclines that had trees and roots in the patch. Also, THE BRIDGE IS OUT ON COUCH. A soon as I got off my bike to get across she started yelling, No Way, so we had to turn around. All in all it was a great time and a great trail. I highly recommend it..... Bring plenty of H2O.

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5
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3
CpS   Weekend Warrior [Nov 22, 2009]

nice to find some ST close to the seacoast. very fast trail system. i live in new hampshire, so it was nice not have to play in a rock garden. and was happy to find a great trail while traveling.

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4
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4
ericfoltz   Cross Country Rider [Nov 12, 2008]

Pretty good little trail. I was pleasantly surprised to find ST in Southern Mississippi.

I rode Briar Patch to Couch to Badlands then back to Briar Patch for a 12.5 mile loop. Trail is well maintained, easy to find and well signed.

Customer Service

Briar Patch to Couch to Badlands and return on Briar Patch.

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3
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1
stumonky   Cross Country Rider [Sep 23, 2007]

Bummer – this trail hasn’t been reviewed in over a year.

Rode today (9/23/07) and the trail is in great shape. Slight bit of rain last night packed the trail down nicely. As I understand it the more it rains the better this trail is. There was only maybe 2 spots that the sand was a bit squirrelly. Actually we got poured on last lap and the trail shedded water quite well.

My first trip out to Bethel, and I must say I really like this trail. Since most of us NOMAMBO crew ride the Spillway weekly, I’d have to say it’s similar to that trail on steroids! The Briar Patch was my favorite – I really like the quickness of this trail – twisty switchback, tight singletrack. The burms on every corner make it a fun/fast trail. The Couch is a bit more scenic and more woody the Briar. Badlands is challenging enough with light climbs (enough to keep your heart rate going) yet it’s fun with some quick downhill sections.

Overall the trail is in fantastic shape and it was a great fun trail. So many things reminded me of the Spillway, Clear Springs and Alexandria. I’d rate the fun factor of this trail better than Comite. Much credit goes to the Gulf Coast Bike Club for doing an outstanding job in maintaining and building this trail system.

Customer Service

Briar to Couch to Badlands. 2nd lap we rode Badlands backwards to Couch - I'd say this way is easier but it messes the flow up some. The original route is best.

Similar Products Used: Spillway, Oak Mountain, Ruston
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4
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3
SammyXp   Weekend Warrior [Apr 27, 2006]

I got my start on trail riding at this trail last year, before Hurricane Katrina leveled a good portion of the trees in the trail. After a long timber reclamation project, the trails recently re-opened and are in the process of being cleared. Briar Patch is in great shape, as is Badlands (thanks to the Gulf Coast Bicycle Club members!). You don't get far into Couch before fallen trees halt your progress, though. Which is unfortunate, as this was my favorite trail before the storm.

Customer Service

All you've got right now are Briar Patch and Badlands, unless you feel like stopping every once and a while and carrying your bike over some fallen trees.

Similar Products Used: none
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4
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4
MntBkr   Weekend Warrior [Nov 14, 2004]

I suck! The last review I just wrote was for Oak Mountain State Park, there isn't anything on the Review page to tell you what trail your writing on! At least I didn't bomb the rating. This is a great trail in its own right. It sits in the flat forest of DeSoto National Forrest, so you can't expect Mountains. It has a great loop that you can do by combining three of the trails together: Briar Patch, Badlands and The Couch. It ends up 12 miles and is a great ride. Lots of twisty, tight singletrack in Briar Patch vs. long twisty singletrack in Badlands. Then you hit Couch and it has more technical roots and small bridge crossings. This trail is the best in 200 miles from the area. I tried the Mobile trails and they weren't maintained since Hurricane Ivan (over two months ago). The guys at Gulf Coast Bicycle Club had the trails up and running within a month. Great job!

Customer Service

Briar Patch - Badlands - Couch.

Similar Products Used: Hommochitto Trails - Clear Springs, MS Oak Mountain State Park - Birmingham, AL
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4
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3
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