Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Bailey Woods Trail is a Pathway to Nature, Beauty, Inspiration

Bailey Woods is a great pathway into the splendor of nature where Faulkner found inspiration.

Bailey’s Woods Trail connects the University of Mississippi to William Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak.
Faulkner drew inspiration for his writing from the woods, and wrote on the trail. Bailey’s Woods Trail is presently under the control of the University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses and was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2012.
Here are some comments from Oxford folks about this local treasure:
Vanessa Campbell Patton says, “For years I would take a field trip to the University Museum, then hike through Bailey’s Woods to William Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak. It was always such a fun outing in the woods with the children. The bridge wasn’t on the trail when we were hiking back then.”
Judy Young recalls, “Wonderful memories playing all day in Bailey’s woods. Picnic lunches, swinging on grapevines and taking home sumac for our mothers. Loved growing up in South Oxford.”
Courtesy John Cofield. Cofield is a hottytoddy.com writer and one of Oxford’s leading folk historians. He is the son of renowned university photographer Jack Cofield. His grandfather, Col. J.R Cofield, was William Faulkner’s personal photographer and for decades was Ole Miss yearbook photographer. Cofield attended Ole Miss as well.Contact John at Johnbcofield@gmail.com