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10 Great Bicycling Trips in the Deep South

Options include a journey through Elvis Presley's world and a Mississippi River route.

1. Natchez Trace. Cyclists travel through four ecosystems in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

2. Elvis’s Tupelo Self-Guided Bicycle Tour, Mississippi. Visit the store where Elvis Presley bought his first guitar and some of his favorite haunts.

3. Mississippi River Trail. Follow the great Mississippi from its headwaters in northern Minnesota to near the mouth of the river in Venice, Louisiana.

4. Chief Ladiga Trail, Alabama. The scenic ride between Birmingham and Atlanta passes through Borden Springs, Piedmont, Jacksonville, and Weaver.

5. Tanglefoot Trail, Mississippi. The trail, which used to be a railroad corridor, runs more than 40 miles and offers views of forests, meadows, and wetlands full of birds and other wildlife.

6. Peachtree City, Georgia. An extensive network of multiuse trails snakes through most of the city, covering more than 80 miles.  

7. Longleaf Trace, Mississippi. This 44-mile trail runs from Prentiss to Hattiesburg, passing through Bassfield, Carson, and Sumrall. 

8. Big Creek Greenway, Georgia. The 26-mile trail connects Cumming, Alpharetta, and Roswell in three distinct sections. 

9. Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, Georgia. The 12-mile trail flanks both sides of the Ocmulgee River in Macon.

10. Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail, Alabama. Overlooking the Chattahoochee River, the trail passes through textile mill towns including Shawmut, Langdale, Fairfax, and Riverview.