|Links to Information on Equestrian Facilities along the Longleaf Trace|
of the Horse Trail
|Horse Trailer Parking||Four K Stables and RV Park in Bassfield|
|Latest News on conditions on the Horse Trail||Longleaf Trace TRAIL RIDERS|
The trail leaves Epley, heading west toward Sumrall. Note the
horse and mountain bike trail (just to the right of the paved trail).
This side trail covers 25 miles from east of Epley Station at the
Beaver Pond, all the way to Carson Station.
Paved trail to the left, horse trail on the right, between Epley and Sumrall.
Californian Aimee Meyer on Bandit (left), and Nicole Blackburn on Doc,
unload at Epley and start out the horse trail
Much of the trail is well shaded, with wonderful natural landscaping.
Deep cuts and high embankments through low areas add to the interest.
There are several gravel parking lots especially suitable for horse trailers. One is in Carson,
and this one is at Lott Circle between Bassfield and Sumrall. Both are visible from highway 42.
Four K Stables is a deluxe stable near the Trace in Bassfield, and has parking
for horse trailers, RV's, and large groups. See pictures of their facilities.
Primitive campers are also welcome, plus a bunk house is available.
See the 4K Stables web site for more details.
To get to 4K from Highway 42, turn at the Texaco station and go 1 block to General
Robert E. Blount Boulevard. Turn right and 4K will be the first gravel drive on your
left (Just after Jefferson Street)
A picnic pavilion erected by Johnny Kerley in memory of his father,
Jack Kerley, is just across the Trace from the parking area in Bassfield
Parking area along 42 across from the Post Office in Carson.
Also see pictures of trailer parking and primitive camping area.
Trace Equestrian Trail is currently in excellent condition. The
Longleaf Trace recently (8/2013) opened a 1 ½ mile extension to its
equestrian trail, from the Beaver Pond east of the Epley Station, west to the Carson
Station. The state of the art, native soil, trail parallels the
asphalt surfaced biking/hiking trail and occasionally crosses
over. Equestrians can
enjoy the entire 25 mile trail from on horseback or by wagon. The 15
+/- foot wide trail generally follows the natural terrain with
the exception of low-lying areas which are elevated with
drainage pipe. Turn-arounds and watering stations are
available along the route. Staging/parking areas are
provided at Epley, Sumrall,
| There may be some wet sections during rainy weather. Remember that you can always
bypass problem areas by going out on the main trail, just stay on the shoulder
and be alert for other users.