Hiking is a great way to get outdoors and explore nature.
Several state parks and community parks offer trials for hiking. One of the more hilly trails around is roughly an hour from Baton Rouge. The trail known as Clark Creek is located near Woodville, Mississippi.
The Clark Creek Natural Area in southwestern Mississippi is one of the Magnolia State’s most beautiful outdoor treasures. Comprising more than 700 acres, it is highlighted by some 50 waterfalls, ranging in size 10 to more than 30 feet in height. Creation and protection of this fabulous area came about in 1978.
Steeply sloping bluff hills host a mixed hardwood and pine forest dominated by beech and magnolias. Uncommon trees found in the area are Southern sugar maple, serviceberry, umbrella tree, pyramid magnolia, chinquapin oak, big leaf snowball, silverbell, and witch-hazel.
Visitors can discover a variety of colorful migrating and resident birds; invertebrates; poisonous snakes; a rare land snail; the Federally endangered Carolina magnolia vine; and the State endangered fish, the Southern red belly face.
The forest tract provides excellent habitat for another threatened species in Mississippi – the black bear.
Bird-watching, hiking, photography, and botanizing are available at Clark Creek Natural Area on the established trails.
Hunting is not allowed on the property. Camping and motorized vehicles are not allowed. Only foot traffic is permitted.
Visitors should be medically fit before going afield. Since Clark Creek Natural Area is located in a somewhat remote part of the county, medical and other assistance can be a long way off. So, be careful and watch your footing on steep trails and around waterfalls.
Users should plan to take plenty of water on any outing. Amenities available on site include a restroom and water fountain only. Remember there is a small entrance fee of ~$4 to be dropped in the honesty box at the trailhead.