The Chisha Forks Multi-Use Trail is the best opportunity for a long off-road run in the Jackson area. The paved, 10.5-mile multi-use path, created by the National Park Service, runs through historic Choctaw homelands in the Ridgeland section of the Natchez Trace Parkway. The Parkway, a 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive that passes through three states, passes just north of Jackson and is one of the area’s main attractions.
The northern (eastern) end of the path starts at the Reservoir Overlook at Milepost 105.6 of the Parkway. It runs for 10.5 miles south, generally within 100 yards of the Parkway. It’s pleasantly wooded, and is especially scenic in fall. At milepost 102.4 there’s the Parkway Information Cabin at Ridgeway, which is a visitor center with restrooms. Note that the southern 5 miles of the Chisha Forks Trail doesn’t have easy access back to the Parkway.