The US Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) announced today that Mississippi’s Tuxachanie National Recreation Trail, located in the gulf coast counties of Harrison and Stone, has been selected as RTC’s Trail of the Month.
Although the trail’s open and beautiful landscape has been its main attraction for years, the Tuxachanie National Recreation Trail suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The rail-trail’s terrain was covered with fallen hardwood trees and debris, and most of the rail-trail was closed down for months. After hard work from the local community volunteers and the De Soto Ranger District, the trail has been rebuilt.
“I’ve received so much positive feedback from first-time and repeated hikers,” said Anthony Bond, recreation and wildlife technician for De Soto Ranger District. “You have to hike this trail to see its greatness for yourself.”
The 22-mile rail-trail lies on Mississippi’s gulf coast and is a great hiking trail, where wild deer can be spotted and camping is ideal. The trail follows an old rail line used for shipping timber through the Gulf Coast’s bordering states. The trail offers a winding path that leads hikers through the woods and eventually brings users to open flatlands.
With some changes from the natural disaster, many hikers are excited about the prospect of new alternative paths made to accommodate the damage the Tuxachanie endured. “The recent rejuvenation of the Tuxachanie has gotten me back interested in backpacking,” said Weston Anderson, a retired U.S. Navy Commander and frequent hiker of the Tuxachanie.
RTC’s Trail of the Month selection honors rail-trails from across the country. Rail-trails selected for Trail of the Month are chosen for their scenic views, landscape, adventure, and are featured on RTC’s website for an entire month.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization with more than 100,000 members and donors, advocates for healthier lifestyles by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Founded in 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s national office is located in Washington, D.C.
For a complete list of Trail of the Month inductees and articles, visit www.railstotrails.org.