Clark Creek Natural Area
Waterfalls? In Mississippi? Of course..
Clark Creek Natural Area of southwestern Mississippi is one of the
Magnolia State's most beautiful outdoor treasures. Take the day for
a visit, aside from the absolute crush of the weekend crowds, you
won't be sorry you went.
Comprising more than 2,000 acres, this Natural Area's officially
highlighted by some 40 waterfalls (though you'll find only 6 along
established trails), ranging from 10 to more than 25 feet in height.
Creation and protection of this fabulous area came about in 1978
from cooperation between the Mississippi Wildlife Heritage
Committee, Wilkinson County, David Bramlette, International paper
Co. and the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
Clark Creek's steeply sloping hills host a mixed hardwood and pine
forest dominated by beech and magnolia. Here, visitors discover a
variety of colorful migrating and resident birds; invertebrates;
poisonous snakes; a rare land snail; the federally endangered
Carolina magnolia vine; a state endangered fish, the Southern red
belly dace. This forested tract also provides excellent habitat for
another threatened species in Mississippi -- the black bear.
The terrain at Clark Creek is physically demanding and visitors
should be medically fit before going afield. Clark Creek is located in a
somewhat remote part of the county, medical and other assistance
can be a long way off. Be certain to be careful. WATCH YOUR
FOOTING ALONG STEEP TRAILS AND AROUND THE
There is no potable water at Clark Creek, and users should plan to
take plenty on any outing. A compass and topographic map (one
you've bought, NOT one you've printed from the link on this web
page) are recommended before venturing off established tracts at
Please help keep the Clark Creek Natural Area clean. Pack out all
trash and disposable items. Help the Department of Wildlife,
Fisheries and Parks maintain this unique area in a pristine condition
for future generations of outdoor-loving Mississippians, Louisianians
and Pennsylvanians to enjoy.
Bird-watching, hiking, photography and botanizing are encouraged at
Clark Creek on established trails. Hunting is not allowed on the
property. Camping and motorized vehicles are not allowed. Due to
the area's small size and the highly erodible nature of the loess soil,
only foot traffic is permitted.
Day use permits are required; available on site; nominal fee
Clark Creek Natural Area lies amid the lush vegetation of Wilkinson
County, 13 miles southwest of historic Woodville in the community of
Pond. Baton Rouge is roughly 55 miles to the south, Natchez nearly
40 miles to the north on U.S. 61, and Jackson 150 miles northeast.
From Baton Rouge, take Hwy. 61 north, past St. Francisville. Turn
left on Angola Prison road, otherwise known as Hwy. 66. Eventually,
Hwy. 969 will fork off to the right, Turn Right There. Pond, Mississippi
is at the junction of Hwy. 969 & Hwy. 24, 25 minutes from St.
Francisville, La. (Pond General Store will be off to your left, next to
the duck pond)
From Jackson, visitors should take Interstate 55 south to McComb.
Proceed west on Highway 24/48 to Woodville. Continue through
Woodville on Highway 24, and at the Clark Creek highway sign (on
outskirts of Woodville), turn left onto the Woodville-Pond Road.
Drive about 13 miles to the community of Pond, turn right and
proceed across the cattle gap up toward the large, white building
that serves as the Pond Store. Directions are available at the store.
USGS Fort Adams Quadrangle; provided for illustrative purposes
only --> note the extreme topographic conditions surrounding Clark
creek and pond, Mississippi
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