Mississippi Day Trips and Cool Places - Official Thread

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I would say 95% of the trails I’ve marked are county gravel and 2 lane asphalt. 5% are sketchy but no deep mud. All county or national Forest roads
 
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Ha... OK. Here you go @wngrog

This Can be done in 3 days but I broke it up into 5 days. It would make a spectacular “overlanding” weekend camping trip. The Holly Springs leg is a tangled maze of back roads.
As I worked my way past New Albany on the Tanglefoot leg it occurred to me that Union County has way to much money in there county road budget so they pave everything. Still a fun drive through the country side.
The Tombigbee section put me back on gravel. The land changed from cow pastures to dense forest.
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It’s a good idea to fuel up and load the beverage cooler before hitting the Webster Co leg. There is nothing but fantastic gravel roads and country side here to Canton.
From Canton to Bentonia then follow the north side of the Big Black River to Bovina. I usually see a buck somewhere along this route.
As the track works it’s way south into Claiborne Co the landscape changed again. The ridge lines became steeper and the roads sink deeper with high earth banks and overhanging trees.
The Grand Gulf, Windsor, Rodney to Natchez legs are littered with historic sites. Don’t miss the historic churches at Rodney. I have made many trips to this area and it never gets old to me.
Fat Mamas Hot Tamales in Natchez is a great place to end the trip with a knock you naked margarita.
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Yesterday me and Matt Wann left Jackson mid morning and ran the Ebenezer-Hillside track then looped back via the Silent Shad to Canton track. Wann having never done this track was pleasantly surprised. As you follow a high ridge that runs next to the delta and behind Hillside Wildlife Refuge you can see for miles across the MS Delta landscape.
Thanks to Matt for the pics.
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That’s a pretty meandering loop there and could be shorted but you miss the overlook there on Yellow Dog Road.

So so so many roads. So glad to see you taking these routes.
 
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Some of these routes have feed my backroad driving addiction for years, but I overlooked some of these roads. @wngrog has done a great job stringing these routes together.
Using the routes @wngrog has created in the Gaia gps app you can look at a area you want to explore, click on the route to see miles and drive time. Just follow the line.
Before I would have to stop at every other intersection and look at the map to keep cross the county I was driving through.
I never felt following the route in Gaia took away from the adventure it did however allow me to drive more miles and see more country than I otherwise would in a day. Just follow the line and enjoy.
 

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I’ve still got some work to do to tie some of these legs together but I think these are my most complete routes
 
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