Swinging Bridge Nature Trail

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The Swinging Bridge Nature trail is located southwest of Hernando, MS on Highway 301 just below the Arkabutla Lake dam on the south side of the spillway.

  • Status of Trail

  • Open Year Round.
  • Length of Trail

  • One mile
  • Width of Trail

  • 10 feet
  • Difficulty Level

  • Easy. The trail traverses a flat bottomland with little or no elevation gain.
  • Trail Surface

  • Natural
  • Designated Trail Use

  • Hiking, foot travel only
  • Trail Hours

  • 24/7
  • Type of Trail

  • Park forest
  • GIS Coordinates

  • 34°45’30.76″ N 90°07’43.66″ W

The South Outlet Channel Recreation Area offers a unique trail experience. The Swinging Bridge Nature Trail is a self-guided trail that includes an old section of the Coldwater River prior to the construction of the dam. The Coldwater River was once flowing through this very trail area! Please enjoy a walk through this historic trail and learn about the history of the Arkabutla community or how the Corps of Engineers redirected the Coldwater River. Maybe you would like to learn how to identify native plants and wildlife, or just enjoy the tranquility of the trail’s azalea garden. Information panels are placed throughout the trail to help guide you along your walk.