Black Creek Hiking Trail


*NOTE* - On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast and reached as far inland as the De Soto Ranger District with winds in excess of 140 miles per hour.  De Soto National Forest cleared downed trees from 501 miles of road.  Today approximately 11 miles of hiking trail in the Black Creek Wilderness remain closed or damaged.

Please call the De Soto District Office at (601) 528-6160 for an updated status of this area before you visit.

Discover the hidden beauty of the piney woods in the Gulf Coastal Plain by hiking one of Mississippi’s longest and most challenging trails.  The Black Creek Hiking Trail continues for 39 miles along the Black Creek River.  Hikers can access the trail from Black Creek Trailhead, Fairley Bridge Landing, and Big Creek Landing.  The trail climbs over rolling hills and meanders down through the flat land of the Black Creek flood plain.  Over 100 bridges and boardwalks have been constructed to provide crossing over small streams and ponds.  Approximately 10 miles of the trail is located in the Black Creek Wilderness.  No drinking water is available along the trail.  Only foot travel is permitted on the trail.

Black Creek Hiking Trail is open year-round unless weather conditions require the trail to be closed. No user fees required.

A map of the trail may be purchased at the District Office.

At a Glance

Fees  No fee required.
Open Season: Open year-round
  • Only foot travel is permitted on the trail.
  • No alcoholic beverages are allowed.

General Information

General Notes:

This trail is located along the Black Creek from Fairley Bridge Landing to Big Creek Landing.


Trailhead at Big Creek Landing: Take HWY 49, 1 mile south of the Brooklyn, MS exit. Turn west on County Road 334, after .5 miles turn west on County Road 335. Continue 1.5 miles, turn north on Forest Service Road 335E to the landing.

Trailhead at Fairley Landing: Take HWY 49, to to Wiggings, MS. Take State Road 29 north of County Road 318, take 318 south 6 miles to Forest Service Road 374A to the landing.

Black Creek Trailhead: Take HWY 49 to Brooklyn, MS, then take County Road 301 east to Janice, MS. Turn south on State Road 29 for 3 miles.


This hiking trail is not accessible.


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