The Little Sunflower River is a strange and wonderful piece of waterway. This easy day trip is a scenic roundtrip excursion into the heart of the Delta National Forest and is one of the most spectacular routes in the entire Mississippi Delta.
- Trail Length: 10 miles round trip
- Experience Level: Easy day trip
- Time: 5-6 hours. Could be overnight
- Trail Put In and Take Out: Little Sunflower Boat Launch off Dummyline Road
- Services: None. Remote river.
- Campsites: Camping is allowed within Delta National Forest, but is not recommended during hunting season.
Alternate Short Route (1-2 hours):
Paddle a couple of miles down the Little Sunflower and then turn around wherever you are and return to the landing. However far you go is how long it will take you to get back!
Download the Little Sunflower River Trail map (PDF)
For a Google map of this trail, visit: river trail map
- Carry all provisions and extra water.
- Wear appropriate clothing.
- Carry emergency gear including cell phone.
- Bring mosquito repellent.
Muddy landings, especially during low water (below 70 Holly Bluff gauge). Bare feet are best in the warm months and rubber barn boots in the winter. Check water conditions prior to embarking. Call the Delta National Forest office at 662-873-6256 to check during the week, or see www.visitmississippi.org/trails.aspx for more details.
Delta National Forest is a popular hunting area, so use extra caution and don’t explore woods during hunting season. Wear bright red/orange clothing and make loud sounds if it becomes necessary to leave open river to venture into the forest. Contact the Delta National Forest office for regulations and seasons.