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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.


Brandon Scott

Sunday, April 29, 2018
Great place to camp and hike. Our cub scout troop had a great time. The trail we went on, Rocky Knob, was very challenging, but the kids enjoyed it more than the usual trails they hike. The park is huge and has a nice size lake to fish and boat. There are a couple of playgrounds the kids can play on. The bathrooms were ok. Just bring some soap and paper towels. We will come back and camp and hike in the future.

Scotty Tucker

Monday, July 2, 2018
Big Hill Pond is a very quiet park. We almost had it all to ourselves . We stopped at the visitors center since it was our first time there. The park ranger was super nice. There are a lot of hiking trails. We hiked the Dismal Swamp Boardwalk and it was beautiful. We made our way to the lookout tower. It was 81 steps to the top of the tower. The view was amazing from all directions. We made our way across the levee of Travis McNatt Lake. The fishing looked excellant on the lake. The campground was empty. It is primitive camping but you could park smaller campers there. Very nice campground but there are no hook ups. The sites were shaded very well. There is no swimming anywhere on this state park.

Jewles Livingston

Friday, June 22, 2018
Beautiful park with a man made lake. Only non motorized vessels allowed. You can fish in the lake. Great hiking trails and there is a very old cemetery in the back.


Sunday, July 8, 2018
Nice area to picnic and bring young children. Camping would be good there if they had electricity and water.

Kirby Thornton

Sunday, June 17, 2018
An excellent park. Make sure to cross the boardwalk through the marsh and to climb the lookout tower.

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