South Campus Rail Trail
The University of Mississippi owns the land located just south of Highway 6 and just west of Chucky Mullins Drive, formerly (and colloquially) known by several different names including “Whirlpool Trails”, “Old Taylor Trails” and “Thacker Mountain Trails”. This land is now named the South Campus Rail Trail. This new name was chosen to provide a more definitive identity for the main gravel trail (a former railroad line), and to prevent confusion in association with Thacker Mountain (property not owned by the University) and Whirlpool (an appliance plant that once existed near the trails but no longer exists). The University’s goal is to provide a quality recreational experience for students, faculty, staff, and Oxford and Lafayette County community members who walk, run, and bike on this trail. It is the intent of the University to provide minimal signage on this trail in an effort to convey the appropriate usage policies and mileage while respecting the City of Oxford’s recreational easement. The Department of Campus Recreation is the primary point of contact for internal and external inquiries regarding the South Campus Rail Trail, and is responsible for oversight of programming and events on this trail. If you have any questions about the trail equipment, special events, or logistics, please contact Campus Recreation. Campus Recreation is not the primary contact for search and rescue, medical response, or other personal safety concerns. If there is a safety concern, please contact the University Police Department at 662-915-7234. Programming and signage is sponsored by RebelWell – a campus and community wellness program that is designed to support employees, students, and the community as they adopt and sustain behaviors that reduce health risks, improve quality of life and enhance personal effectiveness. Directions: From Highway 6, take the Chucky Mullins Drive exit and go south, away from campus. After going straight through a four-way stop, you will see the entrance to the trail on the right. Click here for a Google map link.
South Campus Rail Trail Map & Policies (click here for larger map)
The property and trail marked on the map below are to be used for outdoor recreational purposes only. Approved recreational activities include walking, jogging, and bicycling. To help preserve the natural habitat of the South Campus Rail Trail, the following activities are prohibited: hunting, fishing, camping, littering, disturbing wildlife, harming plants, ATVs, unauthorized vehicles, horseback riding, and collecting or digging for artifacts. Dogs must be leashed on the South Campus Rail Trail; please pick up after your dog. Please be respectful to other visitors and help preserve the natural habitat of the South Campus Rail Trail and surrounding areas. Safety cannot be guaranteed and hazards are inevitable elements in a natural environment. All visitors entering this property enter at their own risk, assume the risk of injury and are responsible for their own safety. The University of Mississippi does not maintain the single track bike trail network and is not responsible to visitors for any injury or property damage occurring on the South Campus Rail Trail or any other portion of property adjacent to the South Campus Rail Trail. Recommendations for a safe recreation experience include carrying a cell phone (service is not guaranteed however), stay with a friend or group, do not trespass on surrounding property, and be a good neighbor and watch out for others.
South Campus Rail Trail Programming and Information
If you have a question about recreating or hosting a recreational event on the South Campus Rail Trail, please email email@example.com. You may also complete the special event registration form (click here). Informational signs and mile markers are located at the trail (mile markers are every .5 mile and are located on the right side of the trail facing the direction you are running). Please note that the mile markers were placed using a measuring wheel, so if you’re using a GPS app, please note that the distance on your device may be slightly off due to the approximate nature of satellite positioning. If you would like to bike the trail, Ole Miss Outdoors offers mountain bike rentals (click here). Campus Recreation is not responsible for trash pickup or maintenance of trail (clearing brush, clearing limbs/felled trees, repairing bridges, washouts, etc.). The local bike club will still maintain the single track bike trails that connect to the main rail-bed trail. In the spring of 2017, a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation provided two fitness stations along the trail, located at mile markers zero and 1.5. Please watch the video below for an overview of this equipment. Exercises that can be completed on this equipment include pull-ups, dips, inverse rows, knee tucks, box jumps, step-ups, and more.
Graduate Assistant: Outdoors
Alison hails from the Peach State (aka the Goober State) and joined Ole Miss Outdoors as a graduate assistant in May 2016. She received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Valdosta State University in 2016. Alison is currently pursuing a Masters in Parks and Recreation Administration. Her love for the outdoors has led her to be involved in everything from teaching environmental education to leading adventure trips to facilitating challenge course experiences. Alison plans on finding ways to allow everyone to enjoy being outside, especially at the South Campus Rail Trail and the Rebel Challenge Course. One of her favorite quotes is “living la vida local” and you are most likely to spot Alison flat water kayaking or playing with her Australian Shepherd, Kyzer.