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Black Creek Hiking Trail

Mississippi's longest trail stretches for 41 miles, from Big Creek Landing to Fairley Bridge Landing. Hikers can travel from one to several days over rolling hills and through the flat land of the Black Creek flood plain. About ten miles of the trail passes through the Black Creek Wilderness.

photo: Mississippi’s only federally designated Wild and Scenic River, Black Creek Wilderness Area, and hiking trail. Photo by USFS.

Length: 40.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

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Location: DeSoto National Forest, Crosses DeSoto National Forest from NW of Wiggins to Paul B. Johnson State Park SE of Hattiesburg.
State(s): Mississippi
Counties: Forrest, Perry
Longitude: -88.9663
Latitude: 30.91831

Driving Directions

Trailhead at Big Creek Landing: Take HWY 49, 1 mile south of the Brooklyn, MS exit. Turn west on County Road 334, after .5 miles turn west on County Road 335. Continue 1.5 miles, turn north on Forest Service Road 335E to the landing.

Trailhead at Fairley Landing: Take HWY 49, to to Wiggings, MS. Take State Road 29 north of County Road 318, take 318 south 6 miles to Forest Service Road 374A to the landing.

Black Creek Trailhead: Take HWY 49 to Brooklyn, MS, then take County Road 301 east to Janice, MS. Turn south on State Road 29 for 3 miles.

Description

Discover the hidden beauty of the piney woods in the Gulf Coastal Plain by hiking one of Mississippi’s longest and most challenging trails. The Black Creek Hiking Trail continues for 39 miles along the Black Creek River. Hikers can access the trail from Black Creek Trailhead, Fairley Bridge Landing, and Big Creek Landing. The trail climbs over rolling hills and meanders down through the flat land of the Black Creek flood plain. Over 100 bridges and boardwalks have been constructed to provide crossing over small streams and ponds. Approximately 10 miles of the trail is located in the Black Creek Wilderness. No drinking water is available along the trail. Only foot travel is permitted on the trail.

Black Creek Hiking Trail is open year-round unless weather conditions require the trail to be closed. No user fees required.

Additional Details

Width: 30 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 2%
Maximum Grade: 25%
Elevation Low Point: 60
Elevation High Point: 300
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1985

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
DeSoto Ranger District
P.O. Box 248
Wiggins, MS 39577
(601) 928-4421

 

Photos

Mississippi’s only federally designated Wild and Scenic River, Black Creek Wilderness Area, and hiking trail. Photo by USFS.

Mississippi’s only federally designated Wild and Scenic River, Black Creek Wilderness Area, and hiking trail. Photo by USFS.

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