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Rattlesnake Bay ATV Trail

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

De Soto National Forest, De Soto Ranger District, Camp Shelby

Last Known StatusOpen

This area offers three separate loops for dirt bikes and ATVs less than 50 inches wide. The terrain is mostly smooth and fast with light to moderate elevation changes. Amenities are limited but there is a vault toilet and self pay kiosk at the staging area.

Riders should be aware that this area is located in the special use area for Camp Shelby and millitary training exercises for tanks and other wheeled vehicles may be encountered between May though September. For more information call Camp Shelby Range Control at (601) 584-2709.

The trails are open year-round but may close on short notice due to inclement weather, so call first before heading out. Camping is permitted but is limited to seven days.

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Permit RequiredNo
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate and narrow terrain
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
1" max tread
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 16
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Rule Enforcement
CommentNo mudding. Tires with tread depth exceeding 1 inch are prohibited.


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


RidingYes ($10.00 per rider)
Annual Pass - $60


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityNew Augusta, MS
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Hattiesburg, MS
1) Take I-59 South to Exit 59
2) Merge onto US-98 east, continue about 15 miles
3) Turn right (south) onto SR-29, continue 2.4 miles
4) Turn left (east) onto FS 312, continue 1.8 miles
5) Staging area is on the left (north).


Contact InfoDe Soto National Forest - De Soto Ranger District
654 West Frontage Road
Wiggins, MS 39577
(601) 528-6180
Contact InfoCamp Shelby Range Control
(601) 584-2709
Commentcontact for millitary training schedule



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Approx Size300 acres
Miles Of Trail32
Climate TypeForest
Elevation180 to 220 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has no rocks.None
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
ShadeThis national forest has few shaded areas.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None


Gasoline GasolineNew Augusta, MS
Diesel DieselNew Augusta, MS
Potable Water WaterNew Augusta, MS
RV Hookups RV HookupNew Augusta, MS
RV Dump Station RV DisposalNew Augusta, MS
Primitive Camping CampgroundNew Augusta, MS
Convenience Store Conv StoreNew Augusta, MS
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