Black Creek Trail Janice Landing to Big Creek Landing

Wiggins, Mississippi

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This section of the BCT stays along its namesake stream more than the lower section, making for easier access to the cool waters and those white sandbars. It is also harder to follow in spots, so have your eyes peeled for those white blazes. Leave the parking area near Janice and soon come to Black Creek, keeping along the stream before meandering in thick woods to reach a segment of bottomland replete with numerous swamps, sloughs, and wetlands. Work your way into pine country, where the open wetlands host many insect-eating pitcher plants. Return streamside near Moodys Landing, where the trail follows Black Creek for several miles, nearing sandbars and climbing to piney bluffs offering great river views. Head into hill country again, where longleaf pines grow tall near the site of an old, abandoned Civilian Conservation Corps camp. Cross the highway, then make your most extensive pine-land walk before returning to Black Creek and its lush bottomland hardwoods. The last few miles of the trek stay streamside until the path arrives at Big Creek Landing and its northern terminus.
Long Trails of the Southeast

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Long Trails of the Southeast

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This section of the BCT stays along its namesake stream more than the lower section, making for easier access to the cool waters and those white sandbars. It is also harder to follow in spots, so have your eyes peeled for those white blazes. Leave the parking area near Janice and soon come to Black Creek, keeping along the stream before meandering in thick woods to reach a segment of bottomland replete with numerous swamps, sloughs, and wetlands. Work your way into pine country, where the open wetlands host many insect-eating pitcher plants.

Return streamside near Moodys Landing, where the trail follows Black Creek for several miles, nearing sandbars and climbing to piney bluffs offering great river views. Head into hill country again, where longleaf pines grow tall near the site of an old, abandoned Civilian Conservation Corps camp. Cross the highway, then make your most extensive pine-land walk before returning to Black Creek and its lush bottomland hardwoods. The last few miles of the trek stay streamside until the path arrives at Big Creek Landing and its northern terminus.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wiggins
Distance: 24.1
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best during early spring, fall, and winter
Trailhead Elevation: 150 feet
Top Elevation: 260 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Creek Trail: Janice Landing to Big Creek Landing

Recent Trail Reviews

4/25/2009
0

Tried to hike from Janice Landing north to Moody's Landing. About 1 mile north of Janice Landing the trail becomes impassable through a swampy area. Worked around it on forest roads and picked up trail about 2/3 mile past that point. Hike is boring except along Creek. NOTE - no dry crossing when trail reaches Moody's Landing!


1/6/2008
1

Since 8 miles of the trail are open, you must start it at the CCC camp right off highway 49. From there it is about an 8 mile hike to big creek landing. You will immediately cross highway 49. The first part of the hike is through somewhat dense forest, so beware of ticks in the first 2-3 miles. After that it is a pretty easy, but sort of boring...until you get to Black Creek. Around there the hike gets a bit more scenic because of the sand beds alongside the creek, which is where I camped out for the night. Overall, the camping alongside the creek was good, but the hike not so much.


11/29/2005
0

Hurricane Katrina has closed this trail until January. Help has come from far away as Montana to clear all the trails in the DeSoto National Forest.



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