Vicksburg National Military Park
|Type: Loops / Natural surface|
|Length: 7, 12, & 14 miles|
|Difficulty/Elev: Moderate to Difficult|
|Trial Usage: Hiking only|
|Entrance Fee: $8 per vehicle|
|LOCATION & CONTACT INFO|
|Address: Vicksburg National Military Park | 3201 Clay Street | Vicksburg, MS 39183|
From the east Take I-20 west to Vicksburg. Take Exit 4B. Follow Clay Street (US-80) west 0.25 miles to park entrance.
From the north Take Interstate 55 south to Jackson. (To save time, use I-220 bypass on west side of Jackson.) Take I-20 west to Vicksburg (apx 40 miles). Take Exit 4B. Follow Clay Street (US-80) west 0.25 miles to park entrance.
From the south Take I-55 or US Hwy 49 to Jackson. Take I-20 west to Vicksburg, (apx 40 miles). Use Exit 4B. Follow Clay Street (US-80) west 0.25 miles to park entrance.
From the west Take I-20 east to Vicksburg. Take Exit ramp 4B. Follow Clay Street (US-80) west 0.25 miles to park entrance.
|Lat/Lot Coordinates: 32.343889, -90.851389|
|Managed By: National Park Service|
|Contact Info (601) 636-0583 | website|
|Camping: Not allowed in the park. Camping options available 1/2 mile from the park at Battlefield Campground located at 4407 I-20 North Frontage Road, Vicksburg, MS. 60 campsites and 40 full hook-ups available. (601) 636-2025|
|Pets: Yes. Must be on leash.|
Vicksburg National Military Park preserves the site of the American Civil War Battle of Vicksburg which took place between May 18 and July 4, 1863. The park includes 1,325 historic monuments and markers, 144 cannons, the restored USS Cairo gunboat, 2 antebellum homes, 20 miles of historic trenches and earthworks, a 16 mile tour road, and the Grant’s Canal site, where the Union army attempted to construct a canal so their ships could avoid Confederate artillery fire.
Vicksburg National Cemetery is within the park and contains 18,244 interments.
Before hitting the trails, please visit the official website for some required information. There is also valuable resources including trail guides, trail maps, trail GPS points, and other useful documents.
Al Scheller Hiking Trail 12 miles (You will need the trail book map in order to complete the trail.)
The Al Scheller Hiking Trail is a primitive trail through the most rugged areas of the park. It was designed as a compass course and it meanders through open fields, steep ravine bottoms, wooded areas, and across several stream beds. It is a challenging trail that allows hikers to work on their orienterring skills. Points of historical and natural interest are located along the way.
Boy Scout 14-Mile Trail This trail follows the parks paved tour road. Visit the park website for more info.
Boy Scout 7-Mile Trail This trail follows the parks paved tour road. Visit the park website for more info.