Longleaf Trace - Trail, Hattiesburg Sumrall Bassfield Prentiss, Mississippi

Longleaf Trace - Trail, Hattiesburg Sumrall Bassfield Prentiss, Mississippi

DESCRIPTION

Horse trail that runs parallel to a 41 mile paved rails to trails conversion. All 41 miles open to mtn. bikes. passes through Hattiesburg, Epley, Sumrall, Bassfield, Carson. Paved parking at trail heads.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 11, 2010]
brandoneus
Cross Country Rider

I ride on the Longleaf trace almost every day when I'm in proximity. Lately that's been a lot. Total miles on it would be nearly 1k. Tarmac runs uninterrupted from Prentiss to Hattiesburg through the countryside on a defunct railroad. Many stops along the way with 8 trailheads that all include bathrooms, watercooler, picnic tables, drink vending machines, and parking. 4 trailheads are along the 22 mile dirt equestrian track that runs along near the tarmac. Additional off-tarmac opportunities include the electrical right-of-way's and some quasi-sanctioned tracks between Clyde and Jackson stations.

The tarmac on the trail offers a nice long ride between Hattiesburg and Prentiss. None of the grades are very steep but a couple are several miles long.

The electrical right-of-way's are very technical with steep climbs, plenty of poisonous snakes, a few nice drops, and plenty of mud for literally 40 miles in each direction off the trace. Don't go unprepared -- you have been warned.

Of the quasi-sanctioned dirt path on the south side between Jackson station and Clyde station is new to me but what I have seen of it, it is being maintained by someone. (I really don't know who owns the land but its obvious its there for biking)

Stay out of the fire research area, the native plant preserve, and the nature reserve. No swimming in the alligator/turtle/snake infested beaver pond.

This is one great ride through the countryside no matter your choice of bike!

Is it possible to have a bad time riding your bike? If so, maybe you should give me your bike and stick to things with motors :-)

Customer Service

Electric right-of-way north and south of the tarmac close to Clyde depot. Just be prepared to give up and walk... the heat/humidity can kill you even in the winter months. (rating is for this particular trail)

The path close to Jackson station is also good but not so technical.

The equestrian track is a long haul for endurance in the dirt with a few hills and a couple of small jumps if your willing.

This isn't an all-inclusive list. No doubt I haven't discovered all the mtb trails off the Longleaf Trace. A close look at the sat photos of the area might reveal more.

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Electrical right-of-way between Lincoln Road and Richburg Road in SW Hattiesburg. Not long or very technical but its a hoot when its muddy.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Feb 22, 2010]
jack mcguinness
Cross Country Rider

This is one of the best maintained rail trails that I have ridden. Good signage, excellent info boards at the numerous trailheads with local history info, nature info signs relating to different kinds of trees all along the trail(large lettering for easy reading as you ride by). Many local signs directing potential users to the Gateway trailheads. Looks to be well managed with lots of sponsors particapating in the trail upkeep with lots of reststop shelters with picnic tables. I especially like the numerous signs indicating that the trail was part of the national rail trail network and that the National Rail Trail Conservancy was a major factor in establishing. Longleaf Trace.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
1
[Oct 29, 2008]
Jo Ann Watts
Cross Country Rider

This is a beautiful trail. It is well maintained and safe. I have been long distance riding for over 15 years and have been on several trails and by far, this is the best. Good job, Mississippi.

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RATING
1
VALUE
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3
[Dec 12, 2004]
The SS Boz
Racer

Its a RAIL TRAIL....For road bike only and newbies to mountain bikes...paved path for over thirty miles....if you know where to go you can get a mountain bike out there and ride some ATV made trails which are nice but short. Plenty of facilities and chances for water and bathrooms....well funded by fed govt rail trail program. Im gonna give it a low rating just becaue its not a MTN bike trail in the real sense.

Customer Service

Doesn't matter.....park at a depot and ride and then ride back to your vehicle.

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2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 21, 2002]
Elmer Beardshall

Very shady, a few wet spots in season, good access from many points, lots of quick stops and restaurants for refreshments. Motels at Prentiss and Hattiesburg. Camping, fishing, RV facilities.

Customer Service

No bad way to ride this one. Start in Carson or Epley if you want to ride the whole bike trail.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 17, 2002]
Robert

Have rode this trail numeras times. Flat track with some gradual in/declines. No technical areas just a good-ole bike ride, espicall before 9am. Lot of shade but due to the black top road it does get hot in the afternoon/evenings. The rest areas at Jackson ave, Railroad (Don't forget a little donation to help) and eply are great but after you leave Sumrall you must have water. On the downside be aware of the golf carts. I have come on them riding side by side and blocking the trail with no consideration for bikers or walkers. Have also encountered two cars riding on the trails as well as two ATV's. Other than that it is a great day walk/ride with my 10 year old.

Customer Service

North of Turtle Creek Mall, take the Gravel Pit road (Next to Lake Serene Grocery) off HWY 98 west. Take a left at 4th ave, then a right on Jackson Ave. for about 1/4 mile.

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4
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 17, 2003]
Mike

Found this trail to be top notch as it is smooth, easy grade, shaded as well as open, ample towns to get off for a snack if desired. The reststops on the trail are wonderful with the restroom facilities and vending machines as well as the picnic facilities. The stops with the decks are also great. Rode the East Bay Path in Providence, RI which is 16 miles and it one of the top 10 in the nation and feel that the Long Leaf will be on the top l0 as well. Would recommend this trail to anyone wanting to experience a fantastic experiance.

Looking forward to it's completion to the State University.

Customer Service

Either direction is fine, but I would go from Prentiss to Hattiesburg to avoid head winds from the west.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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