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Description - The Black Creek Wilderness is located east of State Highway 29, north of Wiggins. The main feature of the wilderness is Black Creek, which runs through the center of the district.

Attractions - The Black Creek Wilderness was established in 1984, and contains slightly more than 5,000 acres. The Black Creek Wilderness is named after its dominant feature-Black Creek, which flows through its center, creating a large hardwood flood plain containing oxbow lakes and stands of sweet gum, loblolly pine, spruce pine, willow oak, bald cypress, sweetbay and red maple. The terrain is fairly gently, with elevations ranging from 100 to 270 feet above sea level. The only development in this area is the Black Creek Trail.

The wilderness contains a segment of the Black Creek Wild and Scenic River and about 10 miles of the Black Creek National Recreation Trail. No facilities are provided. Only foot travel is permitted. No user fees are charged.

Recreation - The primary recreation activities in the Black Creek Wilderness include hiking the Black Creek Trail and canoeing or kayaking Black Creek. No motorized or mechanized (including bicycles) are permitted in the wilderness. Horses are not permitted on the Black Creek Trail.

Climate - Year-round hiking is available on the Black Creek Trail; however, the most comfortable seasons are in the fall, winter, and spring, when the temperature is cooler, and the insects are not so prevalent. During rainy seasons, caution should be exercised for possible flooding. Mosquito netting is needed if camping during the warmer seasons.

Location - The Black Creek Wilderness is located east and adjacent to State Highway 29 about 18 miles south of New Augusta, and 10 miles north of Wiggins.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Chelsey (Baton Rouge, LA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: My boyfriend and I enjoy hiking and outdoor adventure sports. We recently visited the Black Creek Wilderness for spring break and camped there. We were alone the whole time, not seeing or hearing anyone else. The trail was dense in some areas, and the mosquitoes were incredibly active. We used insect repellent, but they found their way through. Once we set up camp and were inside the tent, the mosquitoes could no longer bother us, but we both suffered countless bites. I would suggest visiting this area during cooler months or making sure you have extra insect repellent or cover your arms and legs lightly while hiking in warmer months. The night we spent camping, we heard a low growl or groan outside near our tent. It sounded like a larger animal. It only stayed a short time before leaving. Has anyone had this experience?

Filed By: Jim Breland (Boston, MA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: I took A group of 27 Boy Scouts to Black Creek Trail in March 2nd thru 10th 2006. It was what we expected because other scouts that visited the trail. Over all, it was not that bad; because they needed some hardship experience in the wild. The weather was great and no bugs. We didn't see any snaks, but we saw lots of other wild life. Our biggest reward doing resarch on vegetation as well as boating in Black Creek. Toughest part was the trail was somewhat poorly marked but we had GPS, no big problem. We met some hikers (15 - 20) every day. The best way to go is to HWY 29 from Wiggins to Black Creek Bridge. You can find the trails near the bridge. Planty of places to pitch a tent. We cooked out own meals most of the time and dined in Wiggins a few nights. If you like wild life and tough wildernesses, this must be the place for you. We all enjoyed it

Filed By: Julie A.K.A Trail-MonKey (Purvis, MS)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I think the trail is bad!!! Go to Big Creek Landing all the way to 49... Look for the little white diamonds in the trees to guide you along... It is a good walk I been out there all season long and yes there is Mo-skeeters, but that is what they make bug spray for... SO pack Bug spray and a Blunt and getta walking!

Filed By: David Smith (Petal, Ms)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I regualarly float Black Creek from Janice landing to Cypress Creek landing. Its about a 3 hour float. The hiking trail is an outstanding walk thru the wilderness area.

Filed By: Shane Steinkamp (Metairie, LA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Hot with more mosquitoes than you can shake a stick at. The trail is poorly maintained and there is a lot of trash along the river.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: If you take the wilderness trail starting right below Janice Landing, you cross Beaverdam Creek by hiking across the highway and picking up the trail on the east (left) side after you cross. Maps may lead you to think there is a crossing below the river, which I could not

More Information

Contact Information:
Black Creek Ranger District, P.O. Box 248 , Wiggins, MS, 39577, Phone: 601-928-4422

Additional Information:
De Soto National Forest - The DeSoto National Forest is located in southeast Mississippi. It is Mississippi's largest National Forest and covers mostly gently rolling pine and hardwood forests.
Mississippi National Forests and Parks - Mississippi offers six National Forests, a National Seashore, two National Battlefields, an Historic Park, and a National Scenic Trail.


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