Greenways

DeSoto County Visitor's Center Trail

Take advantage of nature and the beauty of DeSoto County Visitor's Center Greenways Trail.

The 1/4 mile handicapped accessible interpretive trail is a visible example of the Greenways mission to promote Mississippi outdoors. The trail circles the storm water retention-pond and features native landscaping and interpretive signage. The pet friendly trail offers visitors and residents a place to walk, stretch, picnic or enjoy a peaceful rest.

The project is a collaborative effort between the DeSoto County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, DeSoto County Greenways and the DeSoto County Tourism Association. For more information, call 662-393-8770.

Arkabutla Lake Education and Nature Center (ARK) Trail

The 2-mile ARK Nature Trail is located 10 miles west of Hernando on Highway 304 just west of Fogg Road. Look for signs and parking area on the left just past Panther Creek. These trails are part of the future Arkabutla Lake Nature and Education Center, which is a collaborative effort  with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. 

Arkabutla Lake Wildlife Rehabilitation & Nature Center (ARK) will facilitate the rescue, rehabilitation and release of Mississippi wildlife. The ARK will also feature hands on exhibits and classrooms open to the public. www.mswildliferehab.com.

For more information, call 662-393-8770.

AllTrails APP

AllTrails is a free app with 50,000 trail guides in the U.S. and Canada alone. The AllTrails app has more than 1.5 million users. It’s an easy way to find trails near you, which includes DeSoto County Trails, whether you want a gentle hike, a bone-rattling mountain bike track, or a great spot for some fly-fishing. 

www.alltrails.com or www.alltrails.com/mobile

Delta Bluffs Scenic Byway

Follow the road less traveled for a relaxing tour of our historic Delta Bluffs Scenic Byway.

You can begin at Exit 280 on I-55 and follow Commerce Street in Hernando, to the DeSoto County Museum. From there, follow Highway 304 west as the Delta Bluffs Scenic Byway takes you on a history-filled adventure through a myraid of unique geographical areas from the delta, the bluffs and surrounding hill country.

For more information, call 662-393-8770.

Hernando DeSoto River Park

Situated right on the banks of the river just north of Lake Cormorant, the 41-acre Hernando DeSoto River Park is DeSoto County's only public access to the Mississippi River.

The park has benches, picnic tables and grills near the boat ramp. Coming soon is an overlook where you can watch the mighty Mississippi roll by.

The park is closed from ½ hour after sunset until ½ hour before sunrise, except for persons holding a valid overnight use permit. For more information, call 662-393-8770.

Johnson Creek Greenway

Currently under construction, the Johnson Creek Greenway runs along Johnson Creek to the Mississippi River, on the North side of the creek. This project made possible with help of private citizens who are donating conservation easements and land to the North Mississippi Land Trust, which will hold title to the property for the benefit of the DeSoto County Mississippi Greenways program.

Open Year Round.  The western section of the trail from Baldwin Rd to Highway 61 is open for walking along the Utility Roadbed.

 For up-to-date information, call 662-393-8770.

Mississippi Mound Trail

The Mississippi Mound Trail is a self-guided driving tour located along or near Highway 61, a major north-south transportation route along the western part of the state.  Highway 61 is also part of the scenic highway known as “The Great River Road.”  The trail route parallels the Mississippi River, one of the greatest commercial waterways in our country and used extensively by the American Indians in the past. The Mississippi tour will include up to 30 selected mounds, each visible from the road and marked with interpretive signage.

Many partners have worked together to envision and develop the Mississippi Mound Trail project.  Partners include the Department of Archives and History, Mississippi Department of Transportation Environmental Division, and the Mississippi Lower Delta Partnership, as well as many other representatives of American Indian tribes, federal, state, and local agencies, and private organizations.

Visit http://trails.mdah.ms.gov/mmt/index.html for information on MS Mound Trail.

For more information, call 662-393-8770.

Bicycle Routes and Trails

DeSoto County has several bicycle and mountain bike trails suitable for beginners to advanced cycle enthusiasts, open year round.

Bicycle and Mountain Bike Trails:

  • Bayou Point Mountain Bike Trail
  • Center Hill Road Bike Route
  • Craft Road Bicycle Route
  • Great River Road Bike Trail
  • Lake and Back Bicycle Route
  • Roller Coaster Loop Bike Trail

For additional information, call 662-393-8770.