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Tuxachanie Trail

posted Mar 15, 2018, 3:37 PM by Justin P   [ updated Mar 15, 2018, 3:38 PM ]
Thursday, I continued heading west.  After breakfast and checking out, I took I-10 west back into Mississippi.  Near Biloxi, I got off on MS-67 to US-49 and parked at the trailhead for Tuxachanie Trail.  This trail leads around 22 miles through Desoto National Forest, though I wouldn't be hiking the entire thing.  Hiking east, the trail follows old roads and was easy to follow with white diamond blazes.  In about a mile, the traffic noise diminished and all I could hear was wind rustling through the leaves.  In about three miles, the trail crossed the county line from Harrison to Stone county.  The Forest Service map showed a pitcher plant bog near here but I was unable to find it.  Bushwhacking through the dense vegetation was too difficult.  Continuing on, it was about 6 miles to Airie Lake and a small campground here.  The lake was pretty small, more of a pond.  I went about another 3 miles to a small pond filled with lily pads and stopped for a break to eat lunch before the long hike back.  I found a couple of pitcher plants along the way.  Back at the car, I headed to Bay St. Louis and stayed at the Silver Slipper.  For a casino, the staff were really rude and unhelpful.  So instead of gambling, I walked along the pretty beach here.  Great blue herons were wading in the surf and I saw some pelicans as well.  At sunset, I headed to the upper level of the parking garage for a nice view.  Then I snuck back to my room to avoid the casino staff and retired for the evening.