South Campus Rail Trail
The South Campus Rail Trail is an old gravel railroad bed located just south of Highway 6 and just west of Chucky Mullins Drive. Click here for a Google map link. Click here to view a map of the entire trail system. This trail was formerly known as the “Whirlpool Trails” because of an old appliance factory that resided nearby (which is now the South Campus Recreation Center). The marked rail bed trail is 5 miles round trip, 2.5 miles out and 2.5 miles back. The University’s goal in managing this property is to provide a quality recreational experience for students, faculty, staff, and Oxford and Lafayette County community members who walk, run, and bike on the trail. If you would like to bike the trail, Outdoors offers Fuji mountain bike rentals (click here).
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. 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.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Campus Recreation is not responsible for trash pickup or maintenance of trail (clearing brush, clearing limbs/felled trees, repairing bridges, washouts, etc.). 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.
Single Track Trails
Click here to view the TrailForks map. TrailForks is a free app you can download on your smartphone to navigate the routes. There is a north loop and a south loop, and individual trails featured on each loop. Please follow the IMBA Rules of the Trail when using the single track trails; mountain bikers yield to foot traffic, and descending riders yield to climbing riders. The local bike club, Oxford Cycling, will still maintain the single track bike trails that connect to the main rail-bed trail. For more information on getting involved with trail maintenance, please contact that organization.
The property and trails marked on the map are to be used for outdoor recreational purposes only. Approved recreational activities include walking, jogging, and bicycling. Unauthorized vehicles are prohibited, including ATVs, UTVs, dirt bikes, motorized vehicles, or battery assisted vehicles. University of Mississippi and City of Oxford authorized vehicles are permitted. 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, horseback riding, and collecting or digging for artifacts. Dogs must be leashed on the South Campus Rail Trail; please pick up after your dog (there are dog waste bags at two locations along the trail). 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), stay with a friend or group, do not trespass on surrounding property, and be a good neighbor and watch out for others. Patrons of the trail are asked to follow the Leave No Trace Principles listed below:
- Plan ahead and prepare.
- Travel on durable surfaces.
- Dispose of waste properly.
- Leave what you find.
- Respect wildlife.
- Be considerate of other visitors.
If you have a question about recreating or hosting a recreational event on the South Campus Rail Trail, please email email@example.com. If you would like to host an event at the trail, click here to complete the Facility Request Form.