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Level: Intermediate
Length: 32 mi (51.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +335/320 ft
Total: 56 riders
 

Mountain Biking Noxubee Crest

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#6 of 34 mountain bike trails in Mississippi
#2659 in the world

This is a series of loops utilizing singletrack, doubletrack and forestry roads to complete the entire course. The singletrack is new and still rather primitive, but there are almost no techical obstacles on it. The trail is marked with tags with bicycle symbols on them, orange tags leading away from the lake trailhead, yellow tags leading back, and blue ta**howing crosstrails. Maps plotted by GPS are available at the Ranger Station on Highway 15. The singletrack generally leads directly into hardwood forests, following ridges and traversing sidehills, but sometimes going into low places where there are occasional,well-made bridges to cross.

update: the trails are being ridden more and more, and have become much faster and the trail junctions are very well marked with 'you are here' maps

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
http://www.southernregion.fs.fed.us/mississippi/tombigbee/recreation/biking/Tombigbee_bike_trail.pdf Drive 3 miles south on Highway 15 from Ackerman. Turn left after passing the Ranger Station. There is a sign saying Choctaw Lake. Drive on paved road to the lake and park on north side after crossing the dam. This is the trailhead with signs, etc. The singletrack trail starts immediately across the road.
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  • FarmerDobes
    *****

    Went back to the Nox for another look this past weekend. Had to ride early in the AM and after 6/7 PM because of SWELTERING HEAT but it was still awesome. We camped on pigeon roost and had either trails or gravel easily at hand. There were a few other trail users but the forest was pretty much ours. I love this place and will be coming back for as long as I'm living in the Southeast. Climbing is punchy and plentiful.

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  • FarmerDobes
    *****

    Spent a long weekend here, didn't really see anyone else and loved it. Primitive camping is available for free in the nat'l forest and campsites are easy to access from trails. You really feel out there at Noxubee, so come prepared. It's in a dry county and if you get caught in the park with alcohol it's a federal offense. We used solo cups and never really worried about it. The singletrack offers a lot of diversity, some of it being easy and flowy while other sections are a chunky/rooty slog. The climbing is not for the faint of heart and is enough to challenge anyone. Starting up near the lake the going is easy, but the further south you go the harder it gets. If you're planning on doing the whole loop get ready for a xc death march. The double track sections were fun in their own right and the gravel roads through the forest provide an all-weather option if conditions aren't ideal. Trail maintenance was superb, but it still felt really backwoodsy. Can't wait to head back for more.

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  • Janie W
    *****

    Upper loops around the lake are perfect beginner trails and just a nice ride. Lower Loop trails are more difficult but well marked and fun! Will be back.

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  • Clayd4465
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    Good trail system. It seems to be under appreciated. Very diverse, it has double and single track as well as different scenery. Bring what you may need because the trail is very rural... that is half of the excitement.

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  • walter_77a
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    I rode the trail for the first time today and really enjoyed it. It was mostly hard packed with no mud and marked very well. There were a lot of leaves, but for this time of year that's expected.

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  • stephenhaze
    ****

    Today was my first day out on this trail. I have been meaning to ride it for a while now. First I want to say thank you to everyone who takes care of the trail, especially after the storm a few weeks back. The trail doesn't seem to see a ton of traffic so there were plenty of spider webs etc. but was in great condition considering. I didn't ride nearly all of the trail but covered a good bit of trail near the south trailhead. In addition to the singletrack, there was some fun doubletrack trails connecting the singletrack. The trails were well marked. I got a little turned around out there but it was my fault for not studying the map close enough before I left. There were plenty of trail maps posted along the way as well. I was pleasantly surprised by the fun climbs and decents considering it is in the middle of Mississippi. For the area I could not be happier. Before my ride I posted on a local facebook page for the trail and had some very helpful responses within a few minutes.

    Great people with great work ethics have made a great system out of the beautiful area. Thick woods like the park are difficult to maintain I am sure.

    If any of y'all read this, thank you and hopefully I can meet y'all and help with the trails next work day.

    If you are in the area, this place is worth the trip for sure. I look forward to going back and trying more of the trail.

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  • ajarvis1
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    Trails are in serious need of maintenance and repair. A lot of trees and large limbs down from recent storms. Does not look like they are riden very often as most trails were overgrown. Need to check for ticks and poison ivy after that attempt. Got frustrated and eventually went and rode on the roads and hiking trails around the lake. I was generous with a 2 rating in their current condition but I think these could be decent trials if they were maintained.

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  • Dex
    *****

    For much more up todate info, check out the Noxubee Hills Trail info on mtbproject.com
    http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/4624105/noxubee-hills-outer-loop
    and on FaceBook
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Noxubee-Hills-Trail-System/248358499244
    (copy and paste URLs)

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  • Tstrahan87
    *****

    This is an awesome trail system, thanks to Charlotte Fuquay and all the hard work put into maintaining these trails. Very easily mapped trails, there are trail markers and signs everywhere, there are miles and miles of great singletrack here, along with great camping sites( I'm camping at the south trailhead now waiting for the skool of hard nox 50 mile endurance race tomorrow morning).

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  • rewing66
    *****

    Rode the south and west trails yesterday and today. Great trails, well marked and maintained. Pleny challenging for a beginner. Camped at one of the trail junctions. Great weekend

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  • Dex
    *****

    The original review/description of the Noxubee Hills Trail System is very old. There are new trails and IMBA standard reroutes that have been built.
    There is now about 30 miles of trails. Mostly fast flowing single track, with short sections of closed forestry service roads. Great scenery and hills to climb and fast downhill sections.
    The newest reroutes to the 3 Bridges Trail and Power Line Trail, make the west end of the trail system a "must ride" section.
    Also the Noxubee Hill Trail System is now on FaceBook* Review edited 7/19/2010

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  • indamtnsbj
    ****

    Good long trail that is physically demanding. There are some long switchbacks that can really wear you down.. Similar to Clear Creek in Natchez, but the hills are a bit longer... fun trail.. Some good fast downhill sections at times... doable even in the summer because of the tree canopy. You pretty much stay in the shade for the whole 20+ miles... make sure you bring a trail map, it can get confusing if you dont know the names. The trails are very well marked if you know the names and have a map. There is no water at the south trailhead, so bring plenty of water

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  • Pura_Vida
    *****

    Local trailbuilders have done a great job. Course was dry and fast. No roots, and a few good hills that reward you with great downhill sections. It seemed to me that I went down more than I went up. My favorite Mississippi trail, other than my own Tuffburg.

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  • khemp
    ****

    Great trail. Good place to camp too if you're in to that.

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  • Subanez
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    First, Happy, 4th of July. :) I hit the trail again yesterday, and did the entire perimeter loop, which ended up being 19.33 miles. An earlier comment made here was correct: The southern portions of the outer loop are ALL fire road, and not much fun to bike on when the temp is 98 and heat index is 103. However, the northern trails are almost all single track, with some nice double-track exceptions, so I would stay in the northern sections.

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  • Subanez
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    There seems to be many a great review of the trail on this site, so I'll spare the details, but I noticed there's been no review for over a year. I rode the northern sections of the complex, and the weather has been dry and hot (therefore no wet sections, no over-bearing stream crossings..). The trails were very well maintained, with no deviations needed from the trail (ie. no fallen trees or washed out sections). I think there was a major race there about 2 months ago, and there's still some signs of banners and tape in the trees, but it was a very peaceful setting. The only part that was tricky was on the eastern side of the loop, heading north, there's a trail that cuts back on itself sharply at the bottom of a hill. However, you can still keep going straight and totally miss the marked trail because it opens onto powerlines. We ventured into the powerlines, and down a sparse "trail" for about a half mile or so before it disappeared into a ravine and we were unable to continue. We back-tracked to the trail in the woods, and lo-and-behold, we found the trail that knifed-back on itself.

    The trail in all other places was very well-marked, and the ride is relatively easy-going. Its easy to get a lot of miles done here without realizing it, so be prepared for a full day of riding. I'll be heading back next weekend most likely to check out the rest of it.

    I've posted a bunch of pictures of the trail. If you would like any of them in higher-resolution, send me a message and we'll work it out. They came out really nice!

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  • The_SS_Boz
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    The actual singletrack sections are well done but most of this trail is doubletrack- bulldozer made or old hunting road. Drainage needs to be addressed and some sections need reroutes cause they go thru prime hunting fields. There is a good workout here if your up to spininn thru mud and leaves and climbing a few steep hills. Dont get me wrong there is so much potential here...actually has the potential to be the best in MS......the landscape has endless possibilities, it just needs more work, more riders on the trail, and much more SINGLE-track trail.

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