Most Scouts who go hiking at Vicksburg would like to bring home a Vicksburg Trails patch or medal as a souvenier of their experience.
There are at least six organized hiking trails at Vicksburg National Military Park, ranging in length from five miles to 21 miles.
AT LEAST THREE WEEKS PRIOR TO THE HIKE contact VicksburgTrails.Com, and order a unit application, reading materials, hiking instructions, and your question/answer sheets.
Each patch or medal requires a Scout to fill out the answers to a series of questions which can be found only along the particular Vicksburg trail he has chosen to hike.
The Vicksburg Trails Commission is a volunteer group, and is not operated or staffed by the Vickburg National military Park. This volunteer group exists to promote the park, and operates independently of the National Park System.
Maps of the Vicksburg trials can be found at this site.
The first stop of any Vicksburg hiking trip should be the Visitor's Center at the park. The staff is very knowledgable, and they have a 20 minute film that will help visitors understand the flow of the battle and the events that occurred there.
As with any historic site, the better your advance preparation, the better your hiking experience.