The Tuxachanie Trail, near Mississippi's Gulf Coast, is a National Recreation Trail. It offers a 22-mile hike through southern Mississippi's forest environment. The trail can be accessed from three different trailheads: Highway 49 north of Saucier, Airey Lake Recreation Area, and P.O.W. Lake Recreation Area. Parking is available at these trailheads. Rows of live oaks mark the trail's entrance on Highway 49.
The first five miles of the trail follow an old abandoned railroad which once served the sawmill of the Dantzler Lumber Company at Howison. The hiker will encounter a variety of vegetation along the trail. Savannahs and swamps lie between the ridges and have an abundance of pitcher plants and palmettos. Wild orchids can occasionally be found. Timbered ridges of longleaf and slash pine add to the scenery.
Overnight primitive camping is permitted during your hike, but campsites must by 100 feet away from the trail to preserve its natural character. Drinking water and restrooms are not provided on the trail, but can be found at Airey Lake Recreation Area.
***This trail is designated for foot travel only, however, there is a short section that is used in conjunction with the Big Foot Horse Trail. No motorized vehicles allowed. No user fees are charged.
Handicapped Accessibility: The first 1/4 mile of trail from Highway 49 has hard packed native surface with some roots. This is the only section that is useable.
Directions: From Wiggins, Travel south on Highway 49. The primary trailhead is located 2.5 miles north of Saucier, Mississippi on the east side of Highway 49. See Airey Lake and P.O.W. Recreation Area for directions to the other trailheads.
Elevation: 150 feet
Ending Elevation: 100 feet
Elevation Gain: -50 feet
Distance: 22 miles
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