Tuxachanie – Bigfoot Loop

Wooden trail through the woods.

About the Trail

The Tuxachanie National Recreation Trail (13.46mi, 21.66km) was pretty much destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The lollypop track starts right on highway 49 just north of Saucier, MS. From there it’s a 6 mile hike to Airy Lake Campground that, because of the wonderful break from cold weather, was full of Boy Scout troops and other family groups enjoying the warm sunshine. With a high in the low 70’s and the overnight low around 50F I couldn’t have picked a nicer couple of days.

After Katrina the trail was divided in two and the section past POW Lake was merged with the eastern portion of the Bigfoot Horse Trail. While the route was changed some, and the norther most part of the loop never re-opened, it is a very pleasant hike over gently rolling hills on a mostly well kept and marked trail. Today, the section beyond POW Camp is the Red Loop of the Bigfoot Trail. Together they are 33.4 miles (53.76km) as measured with my GPS.

To my pleasant surprise I did not encounter much horse manure. However the lower sections are very soggy and equine traffic may be part of that.

Here are some pictures. Your thoughts are welcome.

GPS Tracks & Topographic Map

By opening this map in Caltopo you can view and download the GPS tracks as standard GPX or Google KML files. It is also possible to print topographic maps at any scale.

Pictures

Tuxachanie Trail Blaze

Horse Trail Camp

Mile 9

Prairie Kingsnake

Dead Mouse

Campsite

All My Gear

The Camp

Broken Bridge

Flooded Trail

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