Bethel Bike Trails

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.80 out of 5
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Beginner
20
miles

Singletrack
↑ 3,200 ft
↓ 3,000 ft
110
elevation (ft)

Network
Trail Description
About this trail
Bethel Bike Trails are a network of trails (Pine Lizard, South Pine Lizard, Badlands, Couch Trail,
Turtle Back Trail, Briar Patch, and South Bethel) which used to be Motorcycle trails. The trails
are in the Desoto National Forest. They are primarily single track with the occasional fire and
jeep trail. The trails are flat with only slight changes in elevation. The trails range from tight
turns in the trees to scenic rides along the creeks. Be prepared for a variety of soils ranging
from sand to hard packed dirt. I haven\'t ridden the trails enough to say what is the best route.
The Gulf Coast Bycicle Club has done a great job of fixing (especially since Hurricane Katrina)
and maintaining the trails. If you go to their website, you can get a description of each trail
individually and upcoming events. Being in the south, bring lots of water when you ride because
it will get very hot. It is an enjoyable ride, but also the only ride on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions
 

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Q: Can someone please give me the directions to any point of this map so I can ride the trail? -JeffJohnson

A: Jeff, have you tried using the "Driving Directions" form on the trail page? It's under the "Directions" heading just below the trail features. From the map it looks like one trailhead is off hwy 15 on an unmarked road. Here's what you get from the directions form using Biloxi as the starting point: https://www.google.com/maps?daddr=30.60151, -88.94523&hl=en&saddr=biloxi, ms

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Reviews (31)
 

Bunny Hop

May 23, 2016
Kazy Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Nice trail for beginners

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Trailblazer


March 21, 2016
LeighS68 Trailblazer  
 
Review: Stopped during a road trip to Baton Rouge for a stretch ride. Rode 12 miles of this system and found it to be very level with limited challange. Ok let me be fair, I ride North Georgia on a regular basis. Overall the use of terrain was nice and I had a good time cranking out some miles on my single speed.

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Granny Gear

December 4, 2015
labmom Granny Gear  
 
Review: Fast, flowy, fun.
Not much technical riding but definitely constant pedaling and fun for a beginner rider.

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October 6, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: Very impressed and will be returning soon.

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Granny Gear

June 13, 2015
 
Review: I started on the South Bethel, then Pine Lizard. Both of those are very similar, pretty flat (rarely came out of the saddle), some sand on the trails and fairly narrow trail with grass very close on both sides several feet high. There were lots of fast turns and blind corners. Basically I rode the entire trail system clockwise but did not ride Badlands. The Badlands-Couch Connector, Toaster and Couch were very different than the 2 trails at the top of the map. There was more shade, more quick ups and downs, had a "jungle" feel to it. Very cool! The Clay Climb was short but quite a challenge. I was unable to make it all the way up. There are some 2-3 foot "step ups". Coming back to the Parking Connector via Briar Patch was a fun trail...getting some speed in the sandy turns made for some near washouts which was fun! Overall I probably did 15 miles total. I did not see a bottle refill station so take plenty of liquid. The trails are pretty well marked, but do make sure you are familiar with the map before you start. You can get back to the parking area very easily at the end of Pine Lizard (take the right where the trail forks). Mosquitos and horseflys were terrible! That was probably the only negative of the day. You can access these trails from Hwy 15 or Bethel Road.

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Granny Gear

June 4, 2015
Hawk101964 Granny Gear  
 
Review: I enjoyed 18.7 miles worth going the loop starting on Briar patch was a intoxicating ride only a couple snakes . Great times

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Bunny Hop

May 30, 2015
 
Review: Road a 10 mile route today. I am not much for the sand to solid ground transitions that occur but overall it was a fun relaxing ride. There are very few grades and not many roots when compared to other trail I have ridden. It was also a fairly open trail that is well maintained.

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Granny Gear

February 18, 2015
 
Review: Nice long ride. A little bit of everything. Very we'll maintained. Very happy I choose to give it a try. Around 20 miles of trail.

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Gnarly


November 30, 2014
Janie W Gnarly  
 
Review: The trail, what part we were able to ride, was great. We were unable to complete our planned ride because we found ourselves sharing the woods with about 15 or 20 armed deer hunters with trucks and hunting dogs racing around. At one point, my husband and I ditched our bikes and hit the ground when we found ourselves between the hunters and the dog pack, fearful of being shot. We got to the access road, and got out of there. Speaking with local riders at the parking area, we were informed that riding this trail during deer hunting season can be hazardous. I am pretty sure that walking around on public roads and trails pointing loaded guns is illegal, even in MS. One of the hunters told our group that if we happen to be between him and his prey, he would not be responsible if someone was hurt. I have no desire to share the trail with these guys.

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Granny Gear

September 5, 2014
 
Review: I have been traveling to this trail system for a couple of weeks. The trail is in good shape. I recommend the 10mi loop of Briar Patch, Couch, then Badlands connector to the Badlands. Briar Patch is piney woods, Couch is rooty and along a creek through Oak Trees. The back through some more open piney woods. My favorite trails, so far.

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