Potkopinu Trail

Potkopinu (Pot-cop-i-new), the southernmost section of National Scenic Trail, is only three miles long, but it is the longest stretch of "sunken" historic Trace remaining. Named for the Natchez Indian word meaning "little valley," this trail has some embankments over twenty feet high.

Horses are not permitted on the Potkopinu section.

Be prepared: there are several stream crossings, which vary in depth depending upon recent rainfall.

 

View an overview map of the Potkopinu trail.

 
Sign that notes parking area for the milepost 20 Potkopinu trail head.
Sign that notes parking area for the northern Potkopinu trail head at milepost 20.

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Road 553 Trailhead (Milepost 20)

This trailhead is the larger of the two for Potkopinu. Vehicles may be parked parallel to the road.

 
Photo of parking area for the southern Potkopinu trail head at milepost 17.
Photo of parking area for the southern Potkopinu trail head at milepost 17.

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Milepost 17 Trailhead

This trailhead has room for several cars, but it is not receommended for recreational vehicles.

 
 

Last updated: September 10, 2020

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