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Bethel Road Trails

Average Rating:    (3.86 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 21

The Bethel trail system is a set of rehabbed motorcycle trails dating from the mid-70's, which incorporate several trails: Bethel, Lost (reviewed elsewhere), Couch, Briar Patch, Badlands, and Rattlesnake. Parts are packed dirt, parts are sandy, parts follow a beautiful creek, and other parts are very twisty. It's nearly all singletrack, with lots of bail-out points onto the main dirt road. The hills are few and low, with only one or two challenging climbs. There's a full description of each trail in the system at the web site. There is a motorcycle enduro held most years in May on some sections of the trails, but the rest of the year it it bicycle-only. The new Couch-Badlands loop is the best section, and has the least sand. The trailhead area has a bathroom (thank you USFS!) and a primitive campground. Bring water, lots in summer. The bottom line is that it's the only large, legal trail system on the Mississippi Coast.
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Latitude
30.62978828028412
Longitude
-88.98754119873047
Trail Directions
From Exit 46 on I-10 north of Biloxi, take old Hwy 67 north for 2 miles then a right onto Hwy 15 north for about 8 or 10 miles. Watch for a set of yellow caution arrows on the right side of the road; about a half mile past these, there is a dirt road on the left with a USFS bike trail sign. The trailhead is about 2 miles up this road, on the left. If you go under the power lines, you've gone too far. There is a how-to-get-there road map at the web site.
Trail Length
35 total miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Biloxi
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Review Date
January 19, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: TimT ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Having my local trail rained out for about 2 months strait. I asked around and my friends all said this trail would be dry. They were right. It is sandy and a bit of rolling hills. I can see rain actualy helping this trail out. Not to technical, some parts are quite fast. Needs better signage for sure. Even though its about 2 hours away from me I'll have to keep it in mind when it rains here and I'm jonesing for a ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mt. Zion, Clear Springs, Commite, Hooper Rd. Spillway.



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Review Date
January 9, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Waltah ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Couch is back up and running with 2 new bridges. Also added to couch is a 3-4ft drop off and a see saw. the trail is in great shape right now aside from some overgrowth that you will brush against but its rare. love this trail



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Review Date
March 3, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: gismo314 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
As stated previously, this is one of the nicer trails in the area for deep South riders to get a fix. Unfortunately, after driving 150 miles from Louisiana to ride, I found the bridge at Couch was still out! There were many other riders using the trail that day, too. I'm surprised they let such a nice venue go down like that. Hope it gets fixed soon because I want to go back and make the trip worthwhile.



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Review Date
November 30, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: TXNavy ,  Racer

Summary:
I recently rode the Bethel Road trails during an extended road trip through the southeast. I chose them because of proximity to where I was staying in Biloxi...they're just a little north of town and easily reached from I-10.

If you're from California or the north east where there are mountains, rocks and logs, none of those things are here and it's not going to be challenging. But for the flat south east the club that built these trails did a terrific job and it is a great way to get a weekly fix of trail riding. The trail is a combination of light sand, fallen pine needles and grass over a clay base. Most of it winds through open fields, but they did add as much curvature as they could to make it interesting. There are some roots in a few places, but nothing very difficult. Except for some rollers on a grassy section of double track, there's very little to jump off of. Only a handful of small drops.

Couldn't help but think this would be a fun weekday XC race course, and I'm sure they must host a few. The flatness would make it a speed test and negate the climber's advantage, but the turns and intermittent sandy spots or slippery pine needle piles would make it just interesting enough.

Recommended Route:
I started in the parking lot and headed south through the "briar patch" and "badlands." After looping back I went north and looped through the trails on that end.

If you do any of them, go for the south loops...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None, this is all I had time for in Mississippi unfortunately.



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Review Date
August 4, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Natsport ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode the trails twice this past weekend, had a great time. First me and my girlfriend hit Briar Patch. Briar Patch was a nice single track that had just a little bit of growth hanging into the trail. It had a few nice tight turns and some gradual inclines/declines. She had no problems at all with the trail. Next, we hit Couch and discovered it to be a little more technical. I liked this trail much more than she did, she had a few problems on the inclines that had trees and roots in the patch. Also, THE BRIDGE IS OUT ON COUCH. A soon as I got off my bike to get across she started yelling, No Way, so we had to turn around. All in all it was a great time and a great trail. I highly recommend it..... Bring plenty of H2O.



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