It’s been said that the best way to experience some of Vicksburg’s attractions and historical sites is by bike, and we couldn’t agree more. No matter what brings you to the area, consider grabbing your bike (or renting one nearby at Battlefield Bicycle) and hitting one of the numerous biking trails in Vicksburg. To help you enjoy your trip, Visit Vicksburg offers the details you need to make the most of area trails during your next visit.
When to Plan Your Bike Trip
Nestled in western Mississippi, Vicksburg offers plenty of bike-friendly terrain and weather that will make you want to get outdoors. Spring and fall remain the most popular cycling seasons due to milder temperatures and lower humidity. Average summer temperatures often rise into the high 80s and mid 90s and, when combined with higher humidity, can make riding conditions less comfortable. During the winter, greater chances for precipitation and lower temperatures tend to keep residents and visitors off the bike trails. However, the climate is generally mild, and you’ll find great days for cycling and welcoming trail conditions throughout the year.
Top Biking Trails In and Around Vicksburg
Vicksburg National Military Park
Vicksburg National Military Park not only features historic monuments and reminders of the challenges of the Civil War, but is also home to one of the most visited bike trails in Vicksburg. The 18-mile loop known as Battlefield Tour Road will provide you with memories that last a lifetime, including views of the Mississippi River, gorgeous fields and hillsides and Civil War battle sites. If you’re looking for a shorter ride, the route can be divided into five smaller loops, including:
- Northern Loop: 10.4 miles
- Visitors Center to Graveyard Rd via Confederate Ave: 6 miles
- Visitors Center to the historic trace and Illinois Monument: 3.5 miles
- Visitors Center to Pemberton Ave via Confederate Ave: 2.8 miles
- Southern Loop: 3 miles
The Mississippi River Trail
With more than 3,000 miles of trails for cyclists and walkers alike, the Mississippi River Trail traces the full length of the river from start to finish. A beautiful section of this trail runs right through Vicksburg. Take in the views over the water for a relaxing ride, or push yourself farther than you’ve ridden before. Interested in meeting up with other cyclists? The annual Bricks and Spokes Bicycle Ride offers 10-, 30-, 50- and 62-mile rides that comprise the Mississippi River Trail and Vicksburg National Military Park to ensure fun for riders of all ages.
Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway welcomes cyclists with scenic surroundings just a short distance from Vicksburg. The full route spans 444 miles, but multiple side trails make it easy to create a personalized route that’s as challenging as you prefer. And while the parkway is open to vehicles, traffic is generally light, commercial vehicles are prohibited and speeds are kept low, helping ensure a safer ride. You’ll find numerous nearby attractions, from charming small towns and battlefields to natural features, so no two rides will necessarily be the same.
Schedule Your Vicksburg Visit Today
Regardless of when you visit, you’ll want to make the breathtaking biking trails in Vicksburg, MS part of your next trip. Ready to plan your vacation? Request a visitors guide to help you get started, or contact Visit Vicksburg for information about lodging, dining, attractions and more.