Bailey's Woods Trail
The Bailey's Woods Trail is a National Recreation Trail near the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. The trail runs through the woods that American author William Faulkner, perhaps pondering his next great work, often walked. Today, it connects the University of Mississippi Museum and Rowan Oak, Faulkner's historic home. The trail was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2012 and is open to the public year-round.
Backstory and Context
The University Museum began improving the trail in 2002, adding bridges and walking steps while being careful to preserve the natural beauty of the wooded ecosystem. After the improvements were completed, the trail opened to the public in 2008. A loved site for hikers, pet walkers, visiting education groups, and university classes, the trail was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2012. According to the National Recreation Trails website, the Bailey's Woods Trail
"is approximately 3/5 mile in length, and takes an average of 20 minutes one-way on foot."2
2. Bailey's Woods National Recreation Trail, Oxford, Mississippi. American Trails. . Accessed July 11, 2019. https://www.americantrails.org/resources/baileys-woods-national-recreation-trail-oxford-mississippi.