Current Trail Map for Area 51 Trail System
The trail lies on the northeast corner of the US Army Corps of Engineers Arkabutla Lake Project. The only current access point is via the Highway 51 Landing boat ramp area. Area 51 Trail System features a hub style design that will allow users to select various trails and routes to customize their experience. The terrain and topography are unlike any in the area and allow for an average of 100 feet per mile of elevation gain. The hub, known as Outpost Alpha is the intersection of 4 trails (spokes): Apollo, Splash Down, Gemini, and Mercury. All trails connect to a perimeter trail that allows the combining of trail segments to create various loops and experiences. The perimeter trail is currently under construction and expected to be complete in fall of 2021.
We recommend using the Trailforks App for both directions to and navigation while on the trail.
Need to Know
The Area 51 Trail System is a multi-use, natural surface trail system optimized for mountain biking and suitable for hiking or running. ATV’s or motorized vehicles are prohibited in this area. Trail users should report any unauthorized use or vandalism of the trail to the USACE field office.
This area of the Arkabutla Lake Project is open to hunting by the public. Familiarize yourself with local hunting seasons and regulations. We strongly encourage wearing blaze orange during deer season.
The Area 51 Trail System is located on USACE land bordered by private property. In certain locations the trail system is located in close proximity to the USACE boundary. The USACE boundary is marked by yellow paint on trees and fence posts. Please remain on the trail at all times and respect adjacent landowner’s privacy.
Arkabutla Lake Field Office 662-562-6261
DeSoto County Sheriff & Rescue 662-429-1470
Directions to the Trail Head
From Interstate 55,
Take exit 271 and head west on highway 306. Then take a right on highway 51N. The trailhead and parking area will be 2.5 miles on your left. Look for “Highway 51 Landing” sign at the entrance.
From Hernando, MS,
Take highway 51 South approx 7 miles. Look for the “Highway 51 Landing” sign on the right.