Local Attractions

 Local attractions you should try to see during your visit:

Laurel Mississippi

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

Gavin Forest Education Tour (at the race site)

Chickasawhay Wildlife Management Area

Gavin Forest Educational Tour:

The Gavin Forest Educational tour is an 11 mile self guided driving tour using interpretive signs to inform visitors about south Mississippi's beautiful pine forests, and the practices used to maintain a healthy forst while providing for recreation, wildlife and other public benefits..  Normally this tour takes 45 minutes to complete. A brochure is available to narrate the stops.


From Laurel, MS, take   Highway 15 south for approximately 13.4 miles to Forest Service Road 270.  Turn left on 270 and go approximately .6 miles to Forest Service Road 213.  Tour begins at Road 213.  No User Fees.

Longleaf Horse Trails:

The Longleaf Horse Trail system is approximately 17 miles south of Laurel, Mississippi.  The trail consists of three loops totalling 26 miles in length.  The Long Loop is crossed by many Forest Service Roads which allows entry to the loop from many points.

A Trailriders Camp is located at the beginning of the system on Forest Service Road 213 B.  Available at the camp are sanitary facilities, parking areas, hitching rails, and picnic tables. An adjacent pond can be used to water horses.  

The trails are marked with orange and white arrows blazed on trees along each loop.  The Long loop is marked in white.  The arrows are placed at strategic points along the trials to make it easy to follow.   

Throughout the area, the rider can observe the results of fifty-six years of forest management.  The once cut-over slopes are now covered with well stocked stands of longleaf and slash pine.  This green forest provides adequate water supplies, numerous forest products, and an ideal habitat for wildlife