Showing posts from January, 2017

Spyglass Hill Trail at Enid Lake

The Spyglass Hill Trail is a 20-mile network of hiking and equestrian trails along the south side of Enid Lake in Mississippi. This trail is on Army Corps of Engineers land and can be accessed from multiple trailheads (see the map below). I hiked the trail the warm winter afternoon of January 27, 2017.

I began my hike from Ford's Well, which is a developed day use area and campground on the eastern half of the trail network. Overall, I found this trail to be much like other hiking trails in the region: wide (often plowed by machines), predominately used by horses, on the same paths as old roads, and very poorly marked, often with many side trails. Cumulatively, I hiked a little over five miles on this trip.

I began my hike by going clockwise on the small loop south of Ford's Well, which passes through forest, cleared areas, and then returned on an old road to the trailhead. From the trailhead it took a fair bit of searching around to find where the trail continues from the far…

North Cypress Trail in Holly Springs National Forest

The North Cypress Non-Motorized Trail is a 3.3-mile loop trail in Holly Springs National Forest east of Oxford, Mississippi. I've hiked this trail multiple times (including in November 2015), and it is a decent hike for this region of Mississippi. There is only about 280 feet of elevation gain along its route, so it is an easy hike.

Similar to my visit in 2015, my hike on January 12, 2017 was one when I saw no other people or vehicles, and the weather was quite mild for mid-January.

You can see my post from November 2015 and my video above for more details on the route, but this time a few things had changed. A large section of the trail between the dam and the old unpaved road that is used as a section of the trail was previously very difficult to follow and seemed like just a path marked with flagging through the forest. This time, the trail had been plowed with a bobcat or other piece of machinery and was quite obvious, although the trail itself was fairly muddy. Also, I hike …

Clear Springs Nature Trail

About a mile and half downstream of Sardis Dam in Panola County, Mississippi is a short 0.6-mile nature trail built by the Army Corps of Engineers. Clear Springs Nature Trail begins along River Road and forms a loop from the parking lot.

I began my hike on January 9, 2016 by hiking counterclockwise from the parking lot. The trail can be divided into two unequal sections, as it is split by River Road. The first longer, but flatter section is nearly entirely a boardwalk that goes out through the cypress swamp before returning to the road just a short distance from the trailhead.

At the southernmost end of the boardwalk section, there is a viewing area with benches overlooking the swamp. I was lucky to see a beaver sitting about 20 feet from the end of the boardwalk, and it didn't even notice me.

As the trail continues across the road, it climbs about 50 feet in elevation up a hill, traverses across the hill, and then descends a set of stairs back to the trailhead. Overall, it was a…