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Description - The Clark Creek Nature Area is a beautiful forested region consisting of more than 700 acres of steep terrain, flowing creeks and a wide variety of plants and animals. Several waterfalls are part of the area's uniqueness. The forest is largely untamed with abundant beechwood and magnolia trees. Also inhabiting the area, are several species of migratory birds, poisonous snakes, and several threatened and endangered animals and plants.

Attractions - Clark Creek Natural Area is one of Mississippi's most beautiful outdoor treasures. This park is 700 acres in size.

Recreation - A nature trail is available for hiking and bird watching and is highlighted by some 50 waterfalls. The terrain is physically demanding and there are no camping facilities or other amenities.

Climate - Mississippi generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Freezing temperatures are possible in the winter. Thunderstorms and are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.

Location - Clark Creek Natural Area is located 13 miles west of Woodville off Hwy. #24 at the Pond Community. It is found in southwestern Wilkinson County, just east of the Mississippi River and north of the Louisiana border.

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Filed By: Chelsey (Baton Rouge, LA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My boyfriend and I enjoy hiking and love to find new parks and forests to explore. We live in Louisiana, so when we can't travel far, Clark Creek is our favorite place to go. We never tire of the trails, and each time, the experience seems new. We usually visit during the fall and winter when the weather is perfect for a Mississippi hike. I would definitely recommend Clark Creek for hiking. And take your family too! The small waterfalls are lovely and nice for cooling off. Clark Creek makes for great photos as well.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Have hiked this trail at least 50 times and I am constantly amazed by its beauty, but it will bite you if you're not careful. The primitive trail is EASY to follow if you pay attention. There are segments that are steep, but going in a clockwise direction, nothing that cannot be walked with ease. For those looking for a real challenge, add a heavy backpack (I have a "light" 45lb and my hunting pack loaded to 62lb). Now this makes it fun! DO NOT challenge the trail with a load in the summer months during mid-day---the heat and humidity WILL eat your lunch. This is a great area to take your dog, too.

Filed By: Julie Meibaum (Metairie, LA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This trail was extremely tough; I went to it knowing that it would be tough- but it exceeded my imagination. I went with 3 other people, a map, and a compass. we had all taken a class on wilderness skills and compass using. We got lost. A bunch of times. we ended up following the river bed, which was dry, all the way back. But do not try it on your own. We got out just as it was about to be dark. It was crazy. Sure, the place was beautiful, with large drop offs in the woods, walking along a narrow path ledge, holding on to trees to not trip off and land to your death. Also there were absolutely crazy pathways straight downwards, so that you would need a pulley to get down. Do not go alone. Missing markers, and no markers at all... If I had been alone I would have cried-- and had to have spent the night. Bring a couple of flares. Or be safe and don't attempt the primitive trail!

Filed By: Mike
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: In doing the loop one must be careful after coming down from the scenic view which has a small leanto building. When you come down and approach the creek, you will see on your left a DO NOT ENTER SIGN. Proceed in the creek to the right and the white blazes will end, but you will come to a wooden stair case after crossing several large boulders in the creek. Great trail and much like the Appalachian which I thru hiked in 94.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: After reading other postings, you either love or hate the map...I'm in the latter group. Other than that, it was wonderful, but had just rained, so the clay drop offs were mega SLICK. We went the improved route first, hit waterfalls 4, 5, and 6, down the creek bed, through part of the primitive trail, and back up to the improved trail. The last jog back to the improved path was found by sheer luck - it was near a fork in the creek by a large "do not enter" sign. Overall, the experience was great, and we hope to go back soon. If you do go, make sure you bring lots of water and snacks, a copy of the map (available in the Pond store at the road entrance), and wear good hiking boots. FYI...cell phones don't work on the trail. The seclusion, eleveation changes, scenery, and waterfalls are magnificent - it's well worth a whole day of hiking.

Filed By: Doug (Baton Rouge, LA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Arrived at 7am, on a Tuesday, not a soul in sight and wouldn`t be for the next 6 hours. Heard a large tree fall down a hill and snuck up on 5 deer, but they didn`t seem too afraid. What a glorious, unpolluted area. Primitive trail can be hard to follow if done in reverse. Birds, butterflies and squirrels all seemed quite happy here.

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Additional Information:
Capital/River Region - The Capital/River Region encompasses the southwest corner of Mississippi. It stretches from Jackson, Mississippi's capital city and geographic center, to the historic towns that line the bluffs of the Mississippi River.
Mississippi State Parks - Mississippi State Parks offer great areas to camp, fish and hike as well as learn about various historical sites.

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