Black Creek Natural Wilderness Hiking Trail
This 41 mile wilderness hiking trail is tucked away in pristine De Soto National Forest. It is considered moderate in difficulty, and it is one of the finest hiking trails in all of the Southeastern U.S. The trail is situated along the Black Creek watershed, the only federally designated wild and scenic river in Mississippi.
Beginning at the trailhead, hikers venture west on a wide grassy path that meanders through longleaf pines and hardwoods. Just under a mile into the hike, hikers cross a dirt road and take a left to walk to Fairly Bridge Road before heading northwest through more gorgeous pine forest.
The trail begins to get a bit more challenging upon the 2 mile mark, taking hikers through short and steep ascents and descents among pines, oaks, and other hardwoods. Shortly after, a steep climb takes guests to a wooded hill top and at mile 3, hikers will past moss-covered rhododendron before ascending a ridge with scenic views all around. A steep descent follows, taking hikers to the turnaround point at Black Creek.
Camping is allowed in most any spot, including sandbars along the river. Be sure to check the weather report before heading out along the trail, especially if you have decided to camp.