Hiking and Walking Trails
The Vicksburg Trails Commission and Vicksburg National Military Park offer Scout groups and interested hikers the opportunity to explore the park's resources using three different hiking trails. Two hikes, the 7-mile Trek and 14-mile Trail, follow the park's paved tour road, and include the Surrender Interview Site, Great Redoubt, 2d Texas Lunette, Railroad Redoubt, Stockade Redan, National Cemetery, and USS Cairo Gunboat exhibit and museum.
The Al Scheller Hiking Trail follows a more physically demanding route through the interior sections of the park, and gives the hiker an excellent perception of the obstacles and difficult terrain faced by the soldiers during the siege of Vicksburg.
Please Note: When using the hiking trails located in Vicksburg National Military Park -
- Any activities not authorized by park staff is strictly prohibited. This includes trail marking and maintenance.
- All groups and or individuals wishing to perform trail maintenance, including re-blazing of trees, MUST contact the park and coordinate their activities with staff to ensure adherence to park policies and regulations.
Through the dedicated work of the AmeriCorps ‘Delta 5’ team in 2009, Vicksburg National Military Park announced the completion of an extensive re-clearing and upgrading project on the Al Scheller Primitive Hiking trail. On October 2, 2009, the team finished a four-week effort that included brush clearing and trail widening, improving drainage patterns and stream crossings, tree blazing to mark the route, painting trail markers at entry points, and exposing park monuments and markers along the trail.
For more in-depth information please access the following, or check with the ranger at the Visitor Center desk:
Vicksburg Trails Orientation Booklet (PDF)
Leave No Trace Pamphlet (PDF)
Al Scheller Hiking Trail - 12 miles
Boy Scout Trail Hike - 14 Miles
Boy Scout Trek Hike - 7 Miles
Boy Scout Hiking Awards
General Walking Route Map (PDF)
Vicksburg Trails Commission (non-NPS site)
Did You Know?
The USS Cairo was only in service for 11 months before making history as the first U.S. marine vessel to be sunk by an electronically detonated mine.