Sample a portion of the Tuxachanie Trail on this 14-mile out-and-back that rolls through De Soto National Forest, passing stands of longleaf pines and bottomland hardwoods. From the parking area, follow the Tuxachanie Trail along the northern shore of Airey Lake. The trail snakes to the southeast for the first 0.8 mile before it rounds to the east along Tuxachanie Creek. On blue sky days, sunlight bathes the longleaf pine forest in a golden glow. After 3.2 miles, the path skirts a duck pond and bends to the east. One mile later, it travels past a picnic table shaded by pines (a good spot to take a break). Keep your eyes peeled for red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks soaring overhead. At mile 5.6, cross Tuxachanie Creek and wind through forest damaged by Hurricane Katrina—you’ll catch occasional views of Tuxachanie Creek’s dark green waters. Seven miles into the hike, drop your pack and relax by a fish-filled lake ringed by pines. Return to the trailhead following the same route.
Information: Trails of the De Soto National Forest
-Mapped by Marcus Woolf