Bonita Lakes - Trail, Meridian, Mississippi

Bonita Lakes - Trail, Meridian, Mississippi

DESCRIPTION

Bonita Lakes is a series of trails connected by brief gravel/dirt/mud roads. Ride it once, discover a good route, then ride it again knowing where you are going. The trails are tight single-track, with long extended cardio-straining hills but long windy down-hills also. Its not too hard for the novice or beginner but challenging for the expert...there are several sections which balance becomes key...I rode it after mountain biking only a few months and really enjoyed it...plan to go back soon...

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[Jun 05, 2014]
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Weekend Warrior

Really cool place to ride, even given the fact that there's not much else around. It's no comparison to Oak Mountain 2 hours east so I'd say if you're to the east just go to OM and if you're west, consider driving an extra 4 round trip if you're traveling to ride. OTOH, if you're staying in the Meridian area or passing through, it's a great place to ride.

I'd disagree with the posters who say that it's not technical. I think that the many, many roots (on slopes), tight turns and short ups and downs make it so. Not much on aerobic because it's lots of short ups and downs. Dozens of trails criss-cross trough the woods. Well-maintained. Even with the roots decent riders can ride clipless and stay on for the most part - need to pick your lines accurately. And think about your tires - I ran Nevegals - too knobby for this as I was deflecting off the roots up and down. I'd recommend short knobs/tread.

Customer Service

Not sure there is one as there are dozens of criss-crossed trails throughout. You can park near the boat ramp or in the parking area short of it and jump on the trail

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Homochitto near Bude about 2 hours west and Oak Mountain in B'ham.

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4
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2
[Mar 23, 2009]
mitchman1982
Cross Country Rider

Lots of un little trails in a tight place, you can get lost playing on the trails, but still never be far from being found again. There were a lot of roots, they were a bit annoying after the first 5 miles... but it had a lot to offer. I would ride these again if I am in the area.

Customer Service

just get lost on the paths and go play. You can 't get too far from anywhere.

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Clear Creak in Oxford is the frickin sweet.

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4
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4
[Aug 18, 2005]
finchOU
Weekend Warrior

new to the area and started biking here about a three weeks ago. The trail off the "new" hiking trail..(heading south by the boat ramp) is the main trail i've ridden. I Stick to the Blue tape as it seems to be the most tagged route. There are intersecting trails all ove the place so be sure to look for the color codes for the trail you want to explore. I would say it is not very Tech. but there are some climbs that are challenging and force you to bring your A game to stay on the bike....there are a hell of a lot of Roots which makes the ride pretty rough/annoying for only a hardtail and this is my only major grip of the place (havent ridden in this terrain before..aka roots friggin everywhere). I would say a great place for a beginer to slowly build climbing tollerance, balance technique and downhill control because of the up down nature of the trails. Also there is always an easy out for the "call it a day" crowd because of the new 6 foot wide small gravel hiking trail which the bike trail crosses from time to time. This new hiking trail leads you back to the starting point no questions asked...."get out of jail free" ride if you will.

Customer Service

Blue route for now...until I find/discover another route. Like i said above there are intersecting trails everywhere so be prepared to explore your own route for first timers. Most all of the trails are not ridden with that much frequency...so be carefull not to go off the trail. It might be hard to see the path at times. Word to the wise...becare when you ride after a storm...I've ridden this trail about 5 times and it seems every time I ride there is new dead fall blocking the trail.

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none yet.

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4
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4
[May 09, 2005]
jibcleat
Weekend Warrior

The Bonita Lakes trails are some of the best in the state. They are well-maintained and there are a lot of them - much more than what has previously been estimated on these posts. Not very technical, but there are a lot of short (but steep) hills interspersed along with the usual flat rooty sections found in southeast US trails. Easy to ride if you are a beginner, but also good for a intense aerobic workout if that is what you are looking for. The trails are well maintained and marked with signs. Other people have complained that you have to share the space with horses, but it seems to me that everybody has separate routes now. There is obviously some "color code" at play here (with tape and or spray paint), but I haven't exactly figured it out yet - I have been following the blue tape which seems to leave me on hard packed single track.

Customer Service

Other people have suggested starting out on the right side of the road just after the pavilion (and there are some trails there) but what I like to do is park by the boat ramp and then ride south to where the park service is building the new road (you can see it from the parking lot) - ride around the gate and down the road and you will then see the trailhead about 30 yards in on the left. You can ride a long way - probably can get all the way around the upper lake if you wanted to.

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Little Colorado (Jackson), Bude/Clear Springs but Bonita Lakes is worth the drive from Jackson just to ride.

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4
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4
[Apr 19, 2004]
thiggy
Weekend Warrior

These trails are nice, worth it to check out if you are less than a half tank of gas away. But if you haven't been to clear springs check that out first. These trails are smooth sailing with a couple of nice size hills to go up and some nice views of the lake.

Customer Service

? when i first went i drove my car in to the left and started on the opposite side as the trail. this side sucks i felt like i was in the derby there is so many horse tracks. when you drive in go across the damn dam. you'll find the rest

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clear springs, bethel road

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4
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4
[Mar 16, 1999]
alan

compared to fruit loop or clear springs I give it a 3 but compared to not having anywhere else to ride, or not being close enough to get to clear springs or to fruit loop, I give it a 5. average 4.

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4
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[Apr 09, 2000]
Bart

did the springfest race this past week, found trails to be in excellent condition and course was fast.. to bad there is not a regular race here.. very much worth the drive from Mobile..

Customer Service

see review abouve

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4
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[Apr 14, 2000]
Robert

I also did the springfest race and was very surprised at the riding. The trails were great with actual hills ( a novelty now that I reside in Mobile). I would go back to Meridian just to ride, It is worth it.

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4
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[Jun 26, 2000]
Ross Dodds

My daughter and I just got back from the State Games held this past weekend(25 June 00). It was really nice to race with an uphill challenge(we flatlanders from the coast don't get alot of this). The lakes were beautiful. The trails are well marked and fast in some of the downhill sections. The people were really friendly too. The heat during the day was killer and made the hills that much more difficult. All in all we had a great experience and will definately return.

Customer Service

I have only ridden the course set up for the Ms State Games

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Bonita in my opinion compares to the Black Warrior trails in Tuscaloosa.

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3
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[Jun 29, 2000]
Jeff

There is a good bit of singletrack here and a wide "fireroad" type trail that circles the lake and splits off and would probably send you to the coast if you kept riding it,just kidding..(I was lost on it for a while one time).There is also a little known/ridden single track loop on the other side of the lake that is fun too.The best way to find this trail is to circle the lake,come out onto the paved road, ride down the paved road till you end up at a circle(turnaround) and the singletrack starts to your right/or the side directly across from the water and picnic tables. One thing i would like to add to the description is that there definately more than 7 miles of trail out there or at least it feels that way. The singletrack is for intermediate riders and the wide trail is for anybody who wants to get out there and is comfortable on there bike.

Customer Service

The state games route is probably close to the best route.....get on to the main trailhead and hit the single track that starts almost immediately on the left and hang on!!

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3
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