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Mountain Biking Tunica Hills WLMA

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#41 of 50 mountain bike trails in Louisiana
#10850 in the world

The Tunica Hills are geologic formations left behind by the southern edge of the ice cap from the last ice age. The WMA contains two ATV trails which are closed to ATVs most of the year and quite suitable for mountain bikes. There are also numerous hiking trails which are off-limits to cyclists. Inclines and declines are generally steep but short. Soil has high clay content and would be very slick after a rain. Lots of wildlife to see. Contact: rkarrs@lsumc.edu

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
From Baton Rouge, take US 61 north past St. Francisville. At Bains, make a left onto Louisiana 66 and go approximately 14 miles. When you see the "Tunica" sign begin to look on your left for Old Tunica Road. Take that road for a mile or so and you will see the sign for Tunica Hills WMA and a small parking area on your right. First trailhead is off this parking area. Second trail is farther up Old Tunica Road. There is a map of the WMA on the sign at the entrance to the parking area.
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  • Mel Rolls
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    Loved the scenery .... Nice canopy of trees .... Not really a trail per se ..... But nice ride. Lots of up hills which meant lots of downhills .... Downhills get a little sketchy with lose gravel.

    Got a great workout and will probably go back and tie in the day at nearby Clark Creek Falls for a strong hike.

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    Old tunica rd is soouth side of 66, south side wma. 7 miles loop s of 66. It reconnects with 66 e of prison. Start is near some mom pop conv store(50 m west of store on 66 is old tunica rd. it goes east south of 66 and comes out on 66(loop is 14-15 mi)

    Incline is 20-30 degrees about 10 hills each way 50 to 1-200 m.

    Its hard. I started hearing heart murmer r ear(1st time in life )

    I have cycled it. I imagine hills are easier to run though

    Its a gravel road through the wma. The pen is west 1-2 miles. Probably should make sure they dont have a inmate chase on first

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    Old tunica is the south side of wma. Its a approx 7 miles back to 66. The hills have a 20-25 degree incline. One midway is 300 meters updown and up again. At split (parker?, go left). When to 66 and barking dog(if he has'nt been run over yet), you can turn around(tot 15 miles.

    Note , it took several times before i could complete it wo rest(cycleing). Started hearing heart murmer in right ear. It will jump start ur exercise program

    I have cycled it in past. Some deer, small flock6-7 turkeys. I may run it in future

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  • Eric_Batchelder
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    I rode the Tunica Hills North Tract ATV trail and ended up in prison. But first, about the north tract: The trail had recently been bulldozed, which one might think would make it much easier to ride; however, it had rained heavily three days earlier (according to the prison guards) and the trail had turned into a long mud bath---I mean knee-deep, suck your shoes off, drag your bike through on its side muddy. The Wildlife Management Area map showed the trail as a single loop (~4 miles total), however in reality the trail forked and I naturally took the wrong fork.

    After becoming lost in a maze of newly bulldozed logging roads, I emerged at the Angola State Penitentiary bloodhound kennels located at the edge of acres and acres of prison row crops. The trustees running the pound gave me iced water and were extremely nice, but suggested I not try to ride back, because I might be shot. Soon a guard arrived and questioned me thoroughly. Then her lieutenant showed up, repeated the questions, and searched everything I had except body cavities. During the search, two more guards and an assistant warden showed up. Things lightened up when I told them I worked for the Federal government, and they broke out in belly laughs.

    Very kindly, the first guard and lieutenant drove me and my bike back to my car. On the way we passed a prisonerĂ­s funeral, complete with an elegant black carriage hearse pulled by two white horses, and then passed by the site of the annual Angola State Penitentiary Rodeo (open to the public and well worth seeing, I am told). After driving some more---the place is huge---we arrived at the backside of the front gate. The guards at the gate were lined up to see the mud covered fool who had broken into prison. The lieutenant told me I had made their day.

    Overall, it was quite a ride.

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  • moon
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    The directions are correct. It is very easy to pass up the road when traveling on Hwy 66.

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