Cycling in Mississippi
Mississippi has a multitude of experiences to offer cyclists of all skills, interests and ages. And it's no surprise that, over the past 10-20 years, cycling has become one of Mississippi's fastest growing outdoor activities.
Undoubtedly, a highlight will be some time spent on the Natchez Trace Parkway - either for an hour, half a day or a multi-day touring route, criss-crossing the State for 300 miles.
Better yet, Mississippi is a great year-round cycling destination with its moderate climate, and complimented by broad, flat landscapes combined with gentle hills and undulating roadways of scenic vistas. If a mountain biking adrenalin rush is more you thing, Mississippi has this in spades too. Ridgeland is perhaps the State's best mountain bike destination, with swift and steep single-track bike routes in dense hardwood forests. And then there are high mileage rail trails that run through scenic small towns across the State. Maybe coastal cycling routes are more your thing? The far south coastal Mississippi regions of Bay St Louis, Gulfport and Biloxi will answer all your needs here.
In addition to the Natchez Trace Parkway, another popular trail is the Longleaf Trace, a 41-mile journey that is one of the nation’s first rails-to-trails projects. The Tanglefoot Trail, Mississippi’s longest rails-to-trails conversion, meanders 43.6 miles through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, while the 200-year-old Mississippi River Trail (MRT) leads you 3,000 miles through 10 states, following the Mississippi from Memphis to New Orleans.
As the bicycle culture continues to increase throughout the state, there is increasing safety for all cyclists, and a positive culture of shared road environments.