If you’ve got extra time on the Gulf Coast (and an easy way to travel), head inland to Saucier to run the Tuxachanie Trail. This beautiful 12.5 mile trail winds through the De Soto National Forest. It follows an old railroad grade for the first 5 miles, so the terrain is fairly level, with lots of bridges and boardwalks to carry runners through wetland areas. It’s a great destination for viewing wildflowers and unique carnivorous plants. There are live oaks and a small beech-magnolia forest about a mile from the trailhead.
The west-end parking area is just off of US-49, shortly after the intersection with Lakeview Road. Note: caution advised for poisonous snakes, mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers.poison sumac, poison ivy.