Natchez Trace at Choctaw Boundary

Ridgeland, Mississippi

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This section of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail offers a variety of settings as it travels southwesterly along the Natchez Trace Parkway. The path alternates between hilly woods, bottomlands where sluggish streams flow, and open fields that offer extensive vantages of this preserved ribbon of natural Mississippi. The path ends at the historic Choctaw Boundary, where a line of trees marks a nearly 200-year-old delineation of Choctaw lands. A short loop nature trail here adds interpretive information. This is a there and back hike; however, you can use a car shuttle if desired. This section of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail is lightly used, and it is the northernmost trailhead for a 26-mile segment of the path that extends toward Jackson. The farther south you go the more it is utilized. It is marked with white paint blazes on trailside trees. The beginning can be confusing as no trail or trail sign is evident from the Yockanookany Picnic Area. Leave the parking area and walk through a field southbound to pass through a pine grove and another small field. The signed trail starts on the far side of this field.

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"This section of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail offers a variety of settings as it travels southwesterly along the Natchez Trace Parkway. The path alternates between hilly woods, bottomlands where sluggish streams flow, and open fields that offer extensive vantages of this preserved ribbon of natural Mississippi. The path ends at the historic Choctaw Boundary, where a line of trees marks a nearly 200-year-old delineation of Choctaw lands. A short loop nature trail here adds interpretive information. This is a there and back hike; however, you can use a car shuttle if desired.

This section of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail is lightly used, and it is the northernmost trailhead for a 26-mile segment of the path that extends toward Jackson. The farther south you go the more it is utilized. It is marked with white paint blazes on trailside trees. The beginning can be confusing as no trail or trail sign is evident from the Yockanookany Picnic Area. Leave the parking area and walk through a field southbound to pass through a pine grove and another small field. The signed trail starts on the far side of this field."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Ridgeland
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Farm Haven
Driving Directions: Directions to Natchez Trace at Choctaw Boundary

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May 2018