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Weekend on 2 Wheels

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Weekend on 2 Wheels

Eat. Sleep. Bike. Repeat. Welcome to Mississippi’s cycling oasis where you’ll make memories for a lifetime on two wheels! Named a Bike Friendly Community by the League of American Cyclists, Ridgeland’s the place to be for a weekend of outdoor fun.

Where to Stay

Our properties are committed to following industry-standard sanitation procedures as well as their individual hotel brand safety protocols to maintain a safe environment for all Ridgeland guests.

Consult with your desired Ridgeland property on their current health and safety measures.

These measures include but are not limited to:

  • Guests on spaced out floors
  • No contact check in and out
  • Sanitation stations
  • Scattered housekeeping schedules
  • Reduced paper amenities

We've highlighted a few of our 16 hotel properties. There’s the Hampton Inn & Suites and Embassy Suites by Hilton, located near The Township at Colony Park, the Hyatt Place located near Renaissance at Colony Park. These hotels offer free hot breakfast and are located within walking distance to great shopping and dining.

What to Do

Ridgeland’s cycling offerings are plentiful and varied! We’ve got paved paths in the city, dirt paths in the country, Cyclocross, BMX, and a host of annual events all geared toward our city’s love for cycling!

Forgot your helmet? Bike need a tune up? Or no bike at all? One of our local bike shops can get you ready to hit the trails in no time. Check out The Bike Crossing, Indian Cycle, or Bicycle Revolution for all your cycling needs.

 

Where to Ride

Ridgeland’s Multi-Use Trail
A network of paved paths connecting the city’s parks with shopping and dining offerings along with beautiful scenery throughout it’s 15+ miles. Check out the Multi-Use Trail map HERE.

Natchez Trace Parkway
The Parkway is a National Scenic Byway and an All-American Road. The National Park Service has designated the entire 444 miles of the Parkway as a bicycle route since commercial vehicles are prohibited and the maximum speed is 50 mph. Serious cyclists and casual cruisers enjoy the beautiful scenery and fascinating history of the Parkway. No matter how far you plan to ride on the Parkway, be sure to get the National Park Service’s free Bicycling Information Packet for safety regulations and helpful tips to plan your excursion.

Chisa Foka Multi-Use Trail
This trail is a 10-mile paved path just off the Natchez Trace Parkway. The Chisa Foka runs from milepost 95.8 to milepost 105.6 and passes Ridgeland’s Bill Waller Craft Center and the Reservoir Overlook. It’s also close to Old Trace Park on the Barnett Reservoir. Trail users can enjoy the year-round beauty of this protected greenspace that runs through historic Choctaw homelands.

Ridgeland Mountain Bike Trails  
10 miles of fast single track dirt paths, rolling hills, and rock formations provide rides for beginner or experienced cyclists. Get a two-day visitor passes at the trailhead kiosk or online at Tri-County Mountain Bike Association. Looking for a group cycling outing, then check out Tri-County Mountain Bike Association's public group Facebook page and you'll have a bunch of new friends in no time!

Magnolia Ridge BMX Track
This USABMX sanctioned BMX Track offers practices every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with racing every Saturday from January until May and then on Friday nights until the end of the year. All first-time riders get a one-day free trial. Race fees are $10 per race and practice fees are $5 per night. Annual memberships are available. For more info, visit Mag Ridge BMX.

 

 

Where to Eat

Take out, curbside pickup, and in-house are current available dining options per Executive Order 1478 by Mississippi’s Governor, Tate Reeves. Prior to offering in-house dining, each Ridgeland restaurant has and continues to follow the protocols set forth by Executive Order 1478, Mississippi State Department of Health and CDC’s regulations. These protocols include but are not limited to:

  • Deep cleaning and disinfecting of entire restaurant and bar, including areas not open to the public
  • Daily screenings of employees at beginning of shifts
  • Social distancing among employees
  • Masks worn by employees in direct contact with customers
  • No greater than 50% capacity of seating and six feet separation between each party/group

On the Water

Feeling hungry? Take a pit stop and enjoy the sparkling waters of the Rez’ (that’s what the locals call the Barnett Reservoir). Two Ridgeland staples, Cock of the Walk with its famous golden fried catfish, old riverboat era atmosphere, and cornbread flipping entertainment and Pelican Cove Grill with its signature cool drinks, hot eats, big screen TVs, and lively back deck, call the shores of the Reservoir home.

In Town

Over 140 restaurants are weaved through Ridgeland’s cycling trails making it easy to park your bike and pull up a seat. Many of our restaurants are also located within walking or riding distance of specialty shops, galleries, theaters, and even the state’s largest synchronized show fountain.

No matter what you’re craving, Ridgeland is a destination for dining well any time of day. Take your pick HERE!

 

Ride to the Next Level

Ridgeland’s love for cycling is year-round. With a cycling event hosted almost every month, you’ll never miss out on fun for the entire family. Plan your trip on two wheels around any of our awesome cycling events HERE!

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