Puskus Lake Trail

The Puskus Lake Recreation Area in Holly Springs National Forest near Oxford, Mississippi consists of the namesake lake and the surrounding forest. The recreation area includes a campground, boat launch, a stretch of accessible shoreline, and a hiking trail.

A footbridge on the trail

The hiking trail is supposed to be a 1.7-mile interpretive trail, but nearly all of the interpretive signs are gone, and even the two trailheads are not well marked. The trail shape is somewhat odd, with two separate trailheads and a loop section (see this map - not the west spur doesn't really seem to exist anymore, except for a short 50-foot walk to a bench). There is also a short trail between the campground and day use area, so when this is combined with the 1.7-mile trail and the campground road and day use area road, make for about a 2.5-mile walk.

The trail itself is very easy and mostly flat, though there is one section that goes to one of the trailheads up a hill. Overall, the trail seems to get very little use and little maintenance, but it was not difficult to follow. It passes through forest, with the far western end of the trail along the lake.

Puskus Lake from the campground area

My track of this hike is on AllTrails here.
See a previous visit to Puskus Lake here.


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