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Pocahontas - Big Hill Pond State Park

1435 John Howell Road

Big Hill Pond State Park is located in the southwestern part of McNairy County and encompasses 4,138 acres of timberland and hard wood bottomland. Cypress Creek and Tuscumbia River border the property. The flood plain, adjacent to the river and creek contains small oxbows and swampy areas which are desirable habitat for waterfowl, wildlife and fish. 

The park derives its name from the 35-acre Big Hill Pond which was created in 1853 when soil was scooped from a borrow pit to build a levee across the Tuscumbia and Cypress Creek bottoms for the Memphis to Charleston Railroad. Over the years, a great stand of Cypress trees has grown in and around the 35-acre pond. The territory was designated a State Park by the Department of Conservation for reassessing the need for recreational opportunities in 1977.

Park highlights include the 70 foot observation tower that offers panoramic views of Travis McNatt Lake, and the boardwalk that wends through Dismal Swamp. Guests visiting Big Hill Pond State Park enjoy camping, hiking, mountain biking and fishing. Recreational activities for the outdoor enthusiasts include fishing on the old Big Hill Pond or Travis McNatt Lake. Anglers will find bass, bream, and catfish throughout this area. The park is home to thirty miles of overnight and day use trails with four backpack trail shelters. 

Visitors with a passion for horses can bring them along for the Big Hill Pond experience. The park has approximately 14 miles of horse trails and is shared with mountain bikers. The horses must stay on the red trail and fire roads and are not allowed on hiking trails or on the back or the front of the Lake Dam.


Andy Madison

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
One of my favorite places to hike. The trail to the observation tower and the trail around the lake (mostly the "Dry Ridge Trail") are well marked and easy to follow. Some of the other trails, like the one to Big Hill Pond itself, are not as well marked nor do they have as much traffic, so you can occasionally lose the trail. I've stayed in the campground, too. Each site is level and the shower facilities are adequate. No water and electricity at any campsite, although that doesn't bother me because I am in either a tent or hammock.

Carl Wood

Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018
Nice, clean, peaceful park. Good for hiking and short backpacking. Horse trails , can climb the old fire tower.

Donna Fowler

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Perfect place to reset. Peace and nature envelope you.

Michael Tucker

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
If you live near Collierville and miss the hills, come and hike at this Park. You will not be disappointed. It has one the longest boardwalks in West TN.

Darren Bowers

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
Love this place. Very peaceful. Beautiful scenery any time of year.

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