Longleaf Trace

Extending from Hattiesburg to Prentiss, this 41-mile rail-trail offers a variety of natural features, opportunities for biking, hiking, and horseback riding, and provides economic benefits for local communities.

photo: photo by John Perry Type: Rail Trail
Length: 41.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Camping
Fishing
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Wildlife Observation
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Hattiesburg to Prentiss
States: Mississippi
Counties: Forrest, Lamar, Jefferson, Davis
Latitude: 31.33292   Longitude: -89.3318

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Description

The Board of Directors for the Pearl & Leaf Rivers Rails to Trails Recreational District constructed a 120ft. tunnel to solve the problem of a hazardous intersection. Many old crossties & bridge timbers have been re-used to construct landscaping, rest areas, & rain shelters.
Eleven government agencies (along with financial support from the private sector & business community) have worked in partnership for 10 years. Also unique is the state law that was passed allowing the formation of our (and future) Rails to Trails Recreational Trail.
The wilderness aspect is spectacular, especially being so quickly accessed by bicycles from the c enter of our cities/metroplitan areas. There are towns of under 500 pupulation located on the trail which have benefited greatly from all demographics which use the trail. The governmental structure insures the funding and maintenance of the trail.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: 800
Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: The Longleaf Trace

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.

Park Ranger:
Herlon Pierce
Rails to Trails Recreational District
P.O. Box 15187
Hattiesburg , MS 39404
(601) 315-2453
lltuser@megagate.com
http://www.longleaftrace.com

Information Contact:
Gateway at Hattiesburg
2895 West 4th Street
Hattiesburg , MS 39402
(601) 450-7245
bill.powe@usm.edu
http://www.usm.edu

 

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