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Longleaf Trace

Extending from Hattiesburg to Prentiss, this 41-mile rail-trail offers a variety of natural features, opportunities for biking, hiking, and horseback riding, and provides economic benefits for local communities.

photo: photo by John Perry

Length: 41.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Rail Trail
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Hattiesburg to Prentiss
State(s): Mississippi
Counties: Forrest, Lamar, Jefferson, Davis
Longitude: -89.3318
Latitude: 31.33292

Driving Directions

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The Board of Directors for the Pearl & Leaf Rivers Rails to Trails Recreational District constructed a 120 ft. tunnel to solve the problem of a hazardous intersection. Many old cross-ties & bridge timbers have been re-used to construct landscaping, rest areas, & rain shelters.

Eleven government agencies (along with financial support from the private sector & business community) have worked in partnership for 10 years. Also unique is the state law that was passed allowing the formation of our (and future) Rails to Trails Recreational Trail.

The wilderness aspect is spectacular, especially being so quickly accessed by bicycles from the c enter of our cities/metropolitan areas. There are towns of under 500 population located on the trail which have benefited greatly from all demographics which use the trail. The governmental structure insures the funding and maintenance of the trail.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: None
Maximum Grade: 3%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: 800
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: The Longleaf Trace

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Park Ranger:
Herlon Pierce
Rails to Trails Recreational District
P.O. Box 15187
Hattiesburg , MS 39404
(601) 315-2453

Information Contact:
Gateway at Hattiesburg
2895 West 4th Street
Hattiesburg , MS 39402
(601) 450-7245



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