Tree Tops Trail at Chautauqua Park

Crystal Springs, Mississippi

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Tree Tops Trail is a unique hike. Here at historic Chautauqua Park, you can enjoy the 1,500 feet of elevated boardwalk—the Tree Tops Trail—which gives you a high-rise view of the forest amid spring-filled hollows and tree-covered hills. But this park has more than just the boardwalk. Other hiking trails add up to make a worthwhile loop, though you may consider doing the Tree Tops Trail twice, a “victory lap,” if you will. Also bring a picnic and enjoy the rustic facilities in this attractive setting. A large archway leads to the T of T; enter pine-oak woodland typical of the heart of Mississippi. The natural setting is fine, but auto sounds are audible with US 51 on one side of the park and I-55 on the other. However, don’t let that distract you. Meet the Barred Owl Trail, which travels over a quaint arched bridge, then dead-ends. At one time, the Chautauqua Park trail system here had extravagant interpretive information and signage. But the ground trails and developed mini-ecosystems have been neglected somewhat. That being said, the Tree Tops Trail itself is being kept in superlative shape since it is the number one trail drawing card at Chautauqua Park.

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"Tree Tops Trail is a unique hike. Here at historic Chautauqua Park, you can enjoy the 1,500 feet of elevated boardwalk—the Tree Tops Trail—which gives you a high-rise view of the forest amid spring-filled hollows and tree-covered hills. But this park has more than just the boardwalk. Other hiking trails add up to make a worthwhile loop, though you may consider doing the Tree Tops Trail twice, a “victory lap,” if you will. Also bring a picnic and enjoy the rustic facilities in this attractive setting.

A large archway leads to the T of T; enter pine-oak woodland typical of the heart of Mississippi. The natural setting is fine, but auto sounds are audible with US 51 on one side of the park and I-55 on the other. However, don’t let that distract you. Meet the Barred Owl Trail, which travels over a quaint arched bridge, then dead-ends. At one time, the Chautauqua Park trail system here had extravagant interpretive information and signage. But the ground trails and developed mini-ecosystems have been neglected somewhat. That being said, the Tree Tops Trail itself is being kept in superlative shape since it is the number one trail drawing card at Chautauqua Park."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Crystal Springs
Distance: 1.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Crystal Springs
Driving Directions: Directions to Tree Tops Trail at Chautauqua Park

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May 2018