Waterfalls? In Mississippi?
Let's face it - the thought isn't on the tip of everyone's tongue. And you don't just see them everywhere. But there's one spot in the Magnolia State where you can experience them amid the colorful splendor of a mixed hardwood and pine forest. The land is open to the public year-round and awaits your visit. And you won't be sorry you went.
Things to Know
Clark Creek Natural Area Rules and Mississippi State Park Fees, Rules and Regulations.
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.
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.