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Clark Creek Nature Area

366 Fort Adams Road

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 loess 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. Here, visitors 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.



Reviews

Jennifer Green

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Thursday, May 17, 2018
It had been a while since I had last hiked here! It's just as beautiful as it ever was! Might I add it I was definitely exhausted by the very end. Its gorgeous and serene. The campground is very clean and stocked with everything you can possibly need or want. There is electrical hookups and a grill that sits over the fire pit so you can cook up some nice steaks and eggs and sausage in the morning, just bring a pot or outdoor grill,minus the grill part. There is also a port-o-lot and a solar shower. Also a sink basin to wash your dishes. The best part I believe, was the beautiful sound of the local owls hooting at night.The bugs weren't even bothersome. I'm in love with the tent site. It's well manicured and high above the cabins,which too, are very nice. Especially if you want to bring the kiddos. As for the actual creek to hike, it's much cooler to walk through the fresh stream that runs along the trails at the very bottom of the hike. The water is cool and refreshing and the waterfalls are a sight to see. Mesmerizing and enchanting. I didn't want to leave. The only issue we had was the maps that are posted wherever they are. They weren't very helpful and if you are not paying attention to your surroundings, you may end up walking ,I mean climbing in a circle. Stay on the main trail if you aren't an Olympic champion!! The primitive trail wore my butt off. At the end of it all, my man had to nearly pull me up the last hill.

Joni Davis

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Wow! This place was such a surprise! Gorgeous creek bed that you can follow to see a few waterfalls. They are small but beautiful. My dog was beyond happy to be there. Lots of big rocks and sand banks to rest on/eat lunch etc. We hiked down and spent 3 hours in the creek. Hiking back to the parking lot is mostly uphill and pretty steep. You should definitely be prepared for a serious work out.

Shay Seefong

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Sunday, June 3, 2018
Nothing like what all the brochures or hype lead us to imagine it would be like. It wasn't bad but it wasn't nearly as beautiful or as inspiring as we had thought it would be. It was a three hour trip made for nothing in my opinion. The parking is very disorganized and people have no respect for the area. That isn't the fault of the park but it makes a bad impression on first time visitors like myself.

Amanda VanVeckhoven

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Monday, May 28, 2018
You cannot camp here but it is well worth the trip. The terrain is not the best for the elderly as we watched one lady have to turn back. Take lots of water if you plan to walk the whole area. It was more adventurous walking down the creek instead of the main trail. (Just be prepared for rough terrain) Lots of hills and rocks (boulders). Only bathroom is in the parking lot. The area is clean and has trash cans throughout so please clean up after yourselves. The falls were beautiful and the kids could play in the water. I don't recommend flip flops!

Justin P

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Clark Creek is 700-acre state park in the southwest corner of the state containing a number of waterfalls. I visited trying to get a waterfall in all 50 states. The improved trails follow old roads leading to a couple of waterfalls and are fairly easy, though surprisingly steep. The primitive trail is about 2.5 miles and more strenuous, leading to a few more waterfalls. But to really explore this area and find the waterfalls, you need to walk in the creeks. For creek walking, it's pretty easy as all the little tributaries have little water flow. Water shoes are recommended to make it easier but you could probably do it with dry feet by rock hopping. Although small (10 - 30 feet) and low flow, the waterfalls and gorges are really beautiful and it's a really wild area. Totally unexpected in Mississippi. Would highly recommend a visit to this park, but keep in mind it's more of a rugged wilderness experience than a walk in the park.

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