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Clark Creek Natural Area

Clark Creek Natural Area is a state park in the U.S. state of Mississippi. It is located off Mississippi Highway 24 west of Woodville.

The Clark Creek Natural Area is set in southwestern Mississippi. It is more than 700 acres in size with approximately 50 waterfalls, some with up to 30-foot falls.

The park is open for public use year round, but is limited to pedestrian traffic. No motorized vehicles are allowed. Hunting is strictly prohibited. Public restrooms can be found at the parking area. No potable water is available on site. No camping is permitted on the grounds.

Clark Creek Natural Area is used for many outdoor activities such as hiking, bird watching, geocaching, or just getting away from it all.

The Nature Area has a mix of hardwood and pine forest with large beech and magnolia trees. The park includes the world record Mexican Plum & Bigleaf Snowbell and the state of Mississippi record Hophombeam. Several uncommon trees that can be seen are Southern Sugar Maple, Serviceberry, umbrella tree, pyramid magnolia, Chinquapin Oak and witch-hazel. The federally endangered Carolina magnolia vine and many others are well marked.

The park includes migratory birds, poisonous snakes, a rare land snail, white-tail deer, the Southern red belly dace (a state endangered fish), fox, squirrel as well as the black bear.

The park has both primitive and improved trails. The improved trails have been paved with pea gravel and include steep wooden stairs. Clark Creek's steeply sloping bluffs increase the difficulty of hiking. The length of the primitive trail is approximately 2.6 miles and usually takes 3-5 hours to complete. The improved trails are approximately 1.75 miles long and usually takes around 2 hours to complete.

The park was established by the Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Committee, the Nature Conservancy, Wilkinson County, David Bramlette, International Paper Company and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Currently 6 geocaches are located in this park.

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