August 19, 2001
My brother-in-law and I drove from
Mobile to Hattiesburg yesterday and then rode the Long Leaf Trace from
Jackson Road Station to Prentiss and back. We really enjoyed the
outing. The trail was in excellent condition, and the trail
maintenance was outstanding. It was obvious that someone was
spending a lot of time on the trail.
One suggestion I might offer from
hiking many miles on the Appalachian Trail. Place some trail
registers at the entrance points so people who use the trail could sign
in. Then you would have an idea of who uses your trail.
We also had a very enjoyable lunch
at the park in Prentiss. After buying some sandwiches at the
Subway outlet, we relaxed in the gazebo in the park. Thanks to the
people who maintain that area.
Thank you again for all you
do. It is greatly appreciated.
Don W. Jones
LTC(Ret), U.S. Army
This is just to let you know that we two senior citizens (my
sister-in-law and I) plan to finish walking the trail tomorrow (May
20) if the weather is cooperative. My husband will drive us
to Ed Parkman Road and let us off to finish the last 2.3 miles that
we have not walked; then we'll meet him in Prentiss to celebrate by
having lunch at the Country Fisherman. This has been an
exhilarating experience to find that we can do it a little bit at
the time and still enjoy the beautiful scenery, the magical sights, and
the wonderful peacefulness of the Longleaf Trace. We found the
people on and off the trail were friendly and gracious. Thank you
for the foresightedness of making this possible.
Penny Kochtitzky, (Age, 71)
(Ms. Kochtitzky is one of the area's leading
conservationists and naturalists)
The word is getting around!
The Longleaf Trace was featured in the Spring 2001 issue
of the Rails to Trails Conservancy newsletter, and also
in the January issue of American City & Country
See one person's reaction to our article in the Rails to
Trails magazine below:
First aid kits were initially placed every 5 miles
along the Trace. These were put up as an Eagle Scout project by
Jared Cobb of the Dixie Community. After some period of use, it was
determined that having first aid kits at each station would be
sufficient. Feel free to use them as needed, then please let the
Trail Manager know if one needs to be re-supplied.
Magie and Dwight Blakeslee from Hilton Head Island, SC were
visitors in 2001.
They had parked their RV at 4K Stables, and planned to ride the Trace for 2
They are also riding similar trails in TX, LA, AL, and GA on this trip.
They were observed picking up trash when we saw them at Carson!
November 25, 2000. The Trace photographer again
manages to go out on the trail on a very cloudy day
Some group activities have been held on the Trace
The fall colors are beautiful along the trail
Shannon Manix enjoys a ride on her new bike near Clyde Station
On Sunday, November 5, a group of 28 riders from the bicycle
clubs in Jackson came to
ride the Trace. They would have had a much larger group but for the rainy
Jackson and also in the local area. Many others were also out despite the
A large group from Laurel picnics at Clyde Depot
Mr. and Mrs. Bond, owners of Clyde Depot, enjoy a ride on the Trace
Carroll Cook shows Darlene (a visitor from Houston TX)
and Becky his new Raleigh Tandem near Clyde
The Jackson riders even brought an aid station just in case!
Here some local riders cop a few Famous Amos cookies. In the background
is Heath Graham's bike shop/game room/snack bar/cart rental under construction.
On September 23, 2000, Vicki Copeland, Shirley Morris, and
met Mr. and Mrs. Moody (Vicki's neighbors) at the Epley Station. They
had arranged with Mr. and Mrs. Saucier to bring their golf carts so that
the Moodys could take a ride on the trail. The Moodys had been reading
about the progress of the Longleaf Trace and had expressed an interest
in seeing it. It had rained that morning, so we weren't sure that we
could take the ride. The rain broke just in time and it turned out to
be a beautiful morning. Shirley, Sandra and Vicki brought their
bicycles and rode along with the golf carts. We took them from Epley to
Clyde Depot and back for an 8 mile ride. Everyone had a great time.
Ms. Moody now wants a golf cart! Everyone appreciated the Sauciers
sharing their golf carts with the Moodys. It turned out that they knew
other. The Moodys are hoping to be able to see other parts of the trail.
Pictures taken September
This delightful group came from Picayune to ride the Trace
Some riders bring strange friends
Bill Tigner and Phil Broome were riding Prentiss-Hattiesburg
and return as part of
their training for a ride from Vicksburg to Nashville on the Natchez Trace this
Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg has become a mile sponsor
Does natural camouflage work? Hint - there are more gray geese
than white geese in this picture taken at a pond west of Sumrall