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Quail Run Trail at Enid Lake in George P. Cossar State Park

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The Quail Run Trail is a 2.2-mile partial loop trail in George P. Cossar State Park along the southern side of Enid Lake, Mississippi.


The trailhead is located near the boat ramp in the park and is marked by an old sign. The entirety of the trail passes through forest, but a large portion of the trail closely follows the park road.


The trail is formed by an out-and-back portion that is a half mile long (hiked twice for 1 mile total), along with a 1.2-mile loop section that follows a ridge, descends into a small valley, crosses a stream, goes back up hill to the park entrance, and returns back towards the trailhead.


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More of my photos of trails at Enid Lake

Other Enid Lake trails include:
Beech Hollow Nature TrailPersimmon Hill Multi-Purpose TrailRocky Ridge Horse TrailSpyglass Hill TrailWater Valley Landing Trail


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Water Valley Landing Trail at Enid Lake

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The Water Valley Landing Trail is a 0.5-mile loop nature trail through the forest at the Water Valley Landing Recreation Area on the southern side of Enid Lake, Mississippi.


This is an easy trail that traverses mostly through forest, but has a short spur that goes out to a viewpoint over the lake. There is also a small pond along the trail and part of the trail follows a power line cut. The trailhead is marked by a few parking spaces prior to reaching the campground, along with two signs that indicate the trail's entrance, but no signs specifically stating "trail."


See my track on AllTrails
More of my photos of trails at Enid Lake


Other Enid Lake trails include:
Beech Hollow Nature TrailPersimmon Hill Multi-Purpose TrailQuail Run Trail (George P. Cossar State Park)Rocky Ridge Horse TrailSpyglass Hill Trail
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Persimmon Hill Multi-Purpose Trail at Enid Lake

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The Persimmon Hill Multi-Purpose Trail is a 0.5-mile paved loop trail at the Persimmon Hill Recreation Area to the south of the dam at Enid Lake, Mississippi


The trail forms a figure eight pattern and traverses mostly through forest, but also through some open area near the campground. It is fairly well maintained and is an easy walk.


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More of my photos of Enid Lake Trails


Other Enid Lake trails include:
Beech Hollow Nature TrailQuail Run Trail (George P. Cossar State Park)Rocky Ridge Horse TrailSpyglass Hill TrailWater Valley Landing Trail
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Beech Hollow Nature Trail at Enid Lake

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The Beech Hollow Nature Trail is a short 0.5-mile loop trail through a valley at the Wallace Creek Recreation Area to the north of the dam at Enid Lake, Mississippi.


The trail is an easy loop and starts by descending into the valley, following the stream a bit, and then turning up the hill, looping around, and continuing back to the trailhead. The entirety of the trail is through forest and seems to be decently well maintained.


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More of my photos around Enid Lake here


Other Enid Lake trails include:
Persimmon Hill Multi-Purpose TrailQuail Run Trail (George P. Cossar State Park)Rocky Ridge Horse TrailSpyglass Hill TrailWater Valley Landing Trail

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Sandstone Fitness Trail at Sardis Lake

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The Sandstone Fitness Trail is one of three trails below the dam at Sardis Lake, and it starts at the same trailhead as the Sandstone Nature Trail (the other trail being the Clear Springs Nature Trail). The fitness trail is a 1.7-mile loop with 118 feet of total elevation gain on a fairly well-maintained trail. Much of the trail is a gravel path, and there are numerous descriptive workout stations along the length of the trail, hence the "fitness" part.



This is an easy to follow trail that partially passes through forest, with the other half between the forest edge and the road/dam. On the several times I've been to this trail and the Sandstone Nature Trail, including this November morning, I've never seen any other visitors.

More photos of the trails at Sardis Lake in this album.
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Payamatha Horse Trail

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The Payamatha Horse Trail is a 5.7-mile loop trail in Tombigbee National Forest southwest of Tupelo, Mississippi. The trail is lightly trafficked, especially by hikers, and is accessible from state highway 32, about 1.5 miles west of the Natchez Trace Parkway.


The trail begins by following a gated gravel road, and after about 0.25 mi the trail splits into a loop. The eastern side of the loop is entirely a standard hiking trail, whereas the west side of the loop is part hiking trail, part gravel road. In fact, the first ~1 mi portion of the trail that follows the road is quite flat and appears to have once been a railroad. The road section of the trail is the best maintained, widest, and easiest to follow.


After a little over a mile (hiking counterclockwise) the gravel road becomes noticeably more overgrown, and the trail splits off to the left up the hill into a recently logged area. The trail through this logged area is very overgrown, but once you reach the top of the hill the trai…

Bonneville Dam and Fish Hatchery

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On the afternoon of August 10, 2017 I visited the Bonneville Dam and Fish Hatchery along the Columbia River in Oregon. It was great to get a view of the dam, but the visitor center was fascinating. In particular, there are windows on the bottom floor that look into the fish ladder, which enables fish to pass around the dam. Despite being outside of peak migration times, there were still several salmon, steelhead, lampreys, and other fish swimming through as I watched.


A short distance from the dam visitor center is the Bonneville Fish Hatchery, which raises several fish species for release. Visitors are able to walk around the grounds and view the fish they are raising, as well as ponds of adult rainbow trout and white sturgeon.


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