Elvis Presley Lake - Trail, Tupelo, Mississippi

Elvis Presley Lake - Trail, Tupelo, Mississippi

DESCRIPTION

very well maintained 3 mile singletrack loop, well marked, very nice lake area, great place for camping, fishing and water sports. trail is fast and fun, not too technical, great for beginners!

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 14, 2012]
tempest33b
Weekend Warrior

This trail is about 9.3 miles long in all. It rides in almost a complete loop, looks like someone has added s couple sections this year to make that happen. Overall its a great trail, feels like a lot of climbs and the downhill sections are over quickly. Its tight and twisty in many places but its fun to fly thru these sections. Some bridges and tree crossings which are maintained well. Sign at the trailhead says its the burning sunshine trail... The trail is not as lame as its name. You may find it under this name on other sites but this is the same trail. The tag of the location is wrong too on the map. so dont let that misslead you. Just google elvis presley lake or something of that nature to find this trail.

Customer Service

Starting at the trailhead ride counterclockwise. Starting down the road. whatever floats your boat, clockwise rides faster to me.

Similar Products Used:

Oxford MS.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
[Apr 14, 2010]
BOAB
Weekend Warrior

I ride these trails at least once or twice a week. There seems to be a miss understanding on the length of the trails. There are actually 9 different trails that connect = 8.9 miles in total. There are a lot of switchbacks with a few flowing sections and some short power climbs. The front trail at the entrance of the part is trail #3. Further up the the road is an opening to the trialhead that leads to #1,2,3,4,5,6. Trails 7, 8, and 9 can be accessed from the exit of 6 or from an access road. The trails offer something for all levels of riders. #6 and #8 are to me the most fun some good downhills and sweeping turns.

Customer Service

For the most fun and easiest warm up start on trail number 6.

Similar Products Used:

Oxford Clear Creek. Oxford, MS
Natchez Trace Park. Pontotoc, MS

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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3
[Mar 05, 2010]
jwpate
Weekend Warrior

I road this trail last Sunday (2/28). Actually I should say I road trail #3 and its pretty sweet. It can be fast and flowy and sometimes tight and technical. Its just a fun ride. The trail is used enough so that you can tell where you're going. There are several place where the trail cuts right back to where you just rode without crossing but again it was easy to stay on course. The trail itself was packed solid not loose sandy or rocky. However there is plenty of pine straw in areas that can be slick. There are some elevation changes but the climbs are short and not real taxing. As for marking there was a marker at the beginning of trail 3 that inidcated a "prefered" counterclockwise route. However when you get near the end it did get a little confusing becuase it crossed another trail or two. There were some markers at some of the crossings but not all. We ended up staying with the flow of the trail and made lefts when we were unsure where to go. We did end up at a junction with what I assume was trail 1, 3 and 5. So there must be more trails to ride. At the end the trail went from single track left out onto an old dirt road which we followed up to a cleared area probably for parking and took the park road back to the trail entrance parking.

Customer Service

I have only ridden it once and the counterclockwise route was fun. If a different direction would flow better with the other trails and add some milage I would give it a try.

Similar Products Used:

Trace State Park is out Highway 6 on the west side of Tupelo. They have one dedicated mountain bike only trail but its not well marked nor used. The also have multi use trails (motorcycles, ATVs, MTBs) but you are competing with the powered machines on these.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 31, 2007]
rctrex
Weekend Warrior

The trail maintenance has gotten a lot better and there are numbers posted for each trail. I believe there are eight in all. They all interconnect. Remember they are not mile markers. There are good rolling hills for Mississippi and it flows well. There is 5+ miles in all.

Customer Service

Turn right when you enter the park and look for a sign "Burning Sunshine Bicycle Trail" on your right. Park there and begin!

Similar Products Used:

Fruit Loop trails in Oxford, Pine Torch Loop in Wren, Alabama, and Oak Mountain (Birmingham).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 02, 2006]
DavidAM
Weekend Warrior

On Sept. 2, 2006 my wife and I rode this trail for the first time. This trail needs some serious maintenance. A lot of the markers are gone. We started out to ride the three mile portions but ended up riding further because the trail marker was missing and we got onto a longer trail. We ended up pushing our bikes up and down washes more than we rode. This trail is not for beginners. I think an advanced rider would have trouble with some of this trail.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 09, 2005]
Dex
Weekend Warrior

On Saturday Oct. 08 05. My son and I rode the Burning Sunshine Bike Trail. We had a blast and enjoyed the fast flowing switchbacks. If you enjoy switchbacks (like we do), you'll enjoy this trail. Nothing too technical or hard, just fast and flowing! I can understand a comment in a past review about some parts trail might be hard to follow in the fall. We'll be back! It's only an hour away.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 22, 2004]
no1volzfan
Weekend Warrior

The "Burning Sunshine" trail is a really fun, well-maintained bike trail and it is a shame that previous reviews gave terrible directions and some of you missed out. It is a really smooth singletrack trail and its previous description as a "roller coaster ride" fits well. The beginner may have to get off their bike a few times but intermediate and advanced riders who can maintain speed on the downhills will have no problems and will have a blast. It basically goes up and down the side of gulleys and has some nice touches such as wooden bridges and a few places to go airborn. My only critism is that there seems to be several loops but there are only little colored arrows that tell you nothing about how long you are going. Therfore, getting lost and going for a while is definately a possibility. If anyone maintaining this trail reads this, please post a sign that describes the meaning of the arrows. Otherwise it is a terrific trail and I plan to ride it each time I go down to visit the parents.

Customer Service

The directions posted previously really stink and if I did not grow up in this area I would have never found it. The trail is NOT anywhere near Elvis' birthplace or the "big hill". It is at the Elvis Presley Lake and Campground in East Tupelo. Take Veterans Blvd or Hwy 78 to East Tupelo and take a right on Elvis Presley Lake road - in between the two convenience stores (follow the big wooden sign). You will take a left off of this road to get to the park so watch for the green sign to turn left. Once you go by the gate and by the entrance shack, take an immediate right and you will see the trail entrance, sign, and bridge with a small parking area right after the chain link fence.

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There are no other trails I know about in the area.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 24, 2000]
Kevin

Very nice single track course. The course has been expanded to 9 miles. There are breaks in the trail so you can make a 3, 5, or 9 mile loop. Very nice ride, not too technical. There is a race there at the end of August...it was hot, but it was a great race!

Customer Service

I'd only get you lost

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4
VALUE
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[Aug 17, 2002]
tl

I was recently in Tupelo on business and rode this trail 2 times. I ride Little Colorado on a regular basis. This trail is far less technical than LC but is a lot of fun. It is pretty smooth (no roots) and is like a roller coaster ride. A lot of ups and downs and curves. I would not make a special trip to Tupelo to ride it, but if in the area it is definitely worth stopping by for a ride. I really enjoyed my 2 rides on this trail nd would recommend it.

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3
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 15, 2002]
Candy

Trail is more than 9 miles now. Fun single track. Some tight and technical, but newer sections are longer and faster. There are a few trails across the road in the center of the park that are not as well marked. Small area so you should not get lost. Good for all levels. Beginners may take at least 1.5 hours. Advanced riders can do most of the trail in 1 hour.

Customer Service

Start at the little useless bridge by parking area. Trails are pretty well marked from that point.

Similar Products Used:

Trace State Park in Pontotoc, 20 minutes away has mucho, mucho riding too. Some bike/hike only and some shared with motos and horses.

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RATING
3
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