Description - Located on 22,000 acres once owned and managed for timber, the Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge now protects some of the last remaining bottomland hardwood forest in the Lower Mississippi Valley. The refuge supports a variety of habitats, including forest, cropland, osage orange-locust savanna, and upland loess bluffs. Each habitat sustains a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial wildlife and plants. Important wildlife species include ducks and geese, white-tailed deer, turkey, small game, bald eagles, Mississippi kites, interior least terns and assorted non-game species. Visitors are welcomed to come view and photograph the species within the refuge.
- Facilities at Chickasaw NWR are limited. Visitors will find 20 miles of gravel roads and various logging trails that provide access to the preserve.
Recreation - Recreation opportunities at this park include hunting and fishing, with the appropriate licenses, photography, walking, wildlife observation and camping.
Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. Cooling fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant foliage colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall color change.
To reach the refuge headquarters in central west Tennessee drive nine miles north of Ripley, which lies on U.S. Highway 51, on Edith Nankipoo Road. Turn left on Hobe Webb Road and travel less than two miles to Sand Bluff Road. Follow Sand Bluff Road to the right to reach the Refuge.