Drove over from New Orleans with a buddy intending to do a fast, there-and-back one nighter. Both of have many 1-5 night hikes under our belt; we are healthy active 20 somethings. March 2007. At the trailhead there is no mention of any trail damage or debris from Hurricane Katrina. Unfortunately, not even 1/2 an hour into the trail it becomes apparent that little trail maintenance has been done since the storm. After becoming seriously lost because the trail blazes are non-existant, we grew more wary. Someone has gone thru and marked the trail with pink ribbon as most of the blazes are on trees which the storm felled. Unfortunately, you can only go 10 minutes at best before you are blocked by heavy trees fallen, requiring 15 minute detours or climbs to pass. We persevered thru lunch, having only made ~3 miles in as many hours. We finally gave up though when we bush-whacked through another fallen debris mess to find a forest service posting that the bridge ahead was out and the trail impassable. The forest is thick with underbrush and debris, so any sort of detour would have been difficult and required better maps than we had. We went back to the Fairley Bridge Trailhead and set up camp and had a leisurely afternoon and night. The trailhead is quite nice, right next to the Black Creek it is also a canoe put in, so you do get people driving up throughout the day (we only saw three, but it was a Thursday, I imagine weekend traffic is more). We drove up to the Janice Landing trailhead the next morning to see if it was any better there. Got in 5 minutes and hit a huge fallen tree and storm debris. Gave up and decided to have lunch in Gulfport. First time we've ever had to give up on a trail.
Bottom line: The trail is impassable due to storm damage. Fallen trees, inadequate blazing, and bridges still out as of March 2007.