DeSoto County has several bicycle and mountain bike trails suitable for beginners to advanced cycle enthusiasts, open year round. Here is a list of several popular trails:
Bayou Point Mountain Bike Trail
The Bayou Point Mountain Bike trail is located southwest of Hernando, MS just off of Highway 301 on Bayou Point Rd on the south side of Arkabutla Lake at 3905 Arkabutla Dam Road.
Bayou Point is currently a 5.6 mile singletrack loop for mountain bikes only. The trail includes everything from fast and flowing to tight and technical sections. It also includes multiple obstacles to challenge the advanced rider, such as log rides, rock skinnies, berms, jumps and drops. Elevation change is roughly 390 feet of climbing/descending per lap.
The trail is located in a somewhat remote area so there is plenty of wildlife to be seen as well as several scenic views of Arkabutla Lake. The trailhead includes a kiosk with trail map and information, ample parking, full restroom with running water and heat in the winter, playground and picnic tables.
While Bayou Point does not offer camping, just a half mile away at the South Abutment are many primitive and RV campsites available.
Open year round. Length of the natural trail surface is 10 feet wide and the difficulty level is easy-moderate.
GIS COORDINATES: 34°44’24.48″ N 90°07’24.03″ W
Center Hill Road Bike Route
The Center Hill Road Bicycle Route, Olive Branch consists of an 8.4 mile loop of rolling bicycle route that contains and is a great route for the intermediate level rider in that it does pose some challenging, gradual, hills about midway thru the route. This route is comprised mainly of rural character with trailheads housed at public schools on both ends of the route.Open year round. The trail surface is asphalt and the width of the trail is on the street with a difficulty level of intermediate.
Craft Road Bicycle Route
The Craft Road Bicycle Route, Olive Branch consists of 10.3 mile loop of flat bicycle route that contains scenery ranging from golf course views to agriculture fields.
This route is an excellent course for beginners and all members of the family because of the gentle topography. The northern portion of this route consists of designated bicycle lanes with the southern portions consisting of shared roadway lanes.
Open year round. Difficulty level is intermediate. Trail surface is asphalt.
Great River Road Bike Trail
The Great River Road traces the course of the Mississippi River. The route travels through the Mississippi River Valley’s rich history and inspiring natural beauty.
The Great River Road Bike trail begins at Walls and follows Old Highway 61 (The Great River Road Scenic Byway) passing through Lake Cormorant to the Tunica, MS County Line.
The Great River Road is a perfect ride for the novice rider and families due to its relatively flat terrain, but it can offer opportunities for the experienced rider to work on speed and interval training. Stopovers include the Hernando DeSoto River Park, DeSoto County’s only access to the Mississippi River. (Note the last 1/4 mile to the Park is gravel, and not paved.)
Take in views of the mighty Mississippi River at Bass Landing or head into one of the local restaurant’s for some great food, the trail provides some-thing for everyone!
The Great River Road has been designated as a National Scenic Byway which is part of the National Scenic Byways Program and is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.
The bike routes feature bike signs, logos and mileage marker signs placed at strategic intervals along each of the 35 miles (11 miles in DeSoto County and 24 miles in Tunica, MS) of bike routes.
Open year round. The difficulty level is easy. Trail surface is asphalt.
GIS COORDINATES: 34°51’37.79″ N 90°17’01.56″ W
Lake and Back Bicycle Route
This route begins in the downtown area and quickly transitions to mainly of rural character. The Lake and Back Bicycle Route consists of a 25.1 mile route that begins at the DeSoto County Courthouse and reaches Hernando Point campground as a turnaround point.
Restroom facilities are located at Hernando Point for refills of water or restroom break. This rest stop is a great location for snacking or lunch (bring your own) while enjoying the view of Arkabutla Lake.
Open year round. Difficulty level intermediate. Trail surface is asphalt.
GIS COORDINATES: 34°51’37.79″ N 90°17’01.56″ W
Roller Coaster Loop Bike Trail
The Roller Coaster Loop Bicycle Route consists of a 9.6 mile loop of bicycle route that is comprised of rolling hills and changing topography. This route has a difficulty rating of ‘difficult,’ and may not be suited for all members of the family. The route is comprised mainly of rural character.
Open year round. Difficulty level is difficult. Trail surface is asphalt.
GIS COORDINATES: 34°48’59.81″ N 89°57’14.17″ W
Additional bike trail information can be found at the following links:
Horn Lake www.mapmyride.com/us/horn-lake-ms
Olive Branch www.mapmyride.com/us/olive-branch-ms