Clark Creek Natural Area
Clark Creek Natural Area
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366 Fort Adams Pond Rd, Woodville, MS 39669-4000
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bobD7232FS
Baton Rouge, LA94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
An off the beaten path nature area that is primitive, invigorating, challenging and beautiful! Hiking is not easy by any means but is challenging at an intermediate level. Trails are hilly with washouts, creek crossings and maneuvering over fallen trees across the path. Well marked trails for the most part and the area maps posted along the trails are confusing to read. The falls are small but fun to get to if you are determined. Will come back here as it is a fun place to traverse. 2 hours should do it for a great experience.
Written March 6, 2020
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stewartjl2017
College Station, TX39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
This is a beautiful area and the falls make it worth the trip. Our group was 69, 62, 61 and 6. Our goal was to visit the falls on the improved trail, but due to a wrong turn, we ended up on the primitive trail which we were able to navigate with moderate difficulty. The terrain can be challenging (see photos) and to make it to several of the falls you have to navigate the creek bed which contains large rocks, some of which are slippery. The challenge is worth it once you make it to the falls.

The journey is made difficult due to poor mapping and directions. The maps are hard to follow. There are signs marking the general direction of the falls, but they are on small signs placed 20 to 25' high on the trees. They are not extremely noticeable and we did not notice the signs until we were on our way out of the area. The signs leading to the falls are only located where the maps are found.

While we were able to traverse the area, do not let our ages serve as the norm for people who are able to make this journey. Our fitness level for our ages is above average and this would prove to be difficult for most people in our age bracket. For the six year old, it proved to be a piece of cake.

Several tips which we found to be valuable:

1. Take an extra set of clothes. These come in handy for several reasons: (1) you get wet if you go behind the falls; (2) there is always the possibility of a fall in the creek bed, and (3) if you visit on a warm day your clothes will be soaked with perspiration. If you have traveled any distance to this area, you do not want to ride home in went clothes.

2. Take an extra pair of shoes for the same reasons as mentioned above. Your shoes will obviously get wet in the creek bed.

3. Take plenty of water. We were there for 4 hours and you want to be certain to stay hydrated.

4. Take bug spray. There are ticks and mosquitos.

5. You do need to be fit to make this trip. Case in point: the majority of the hikers we saw were young. There is a reason for that! We were the oldest hikers there by 10-20 years - seriously.

The area is worth the trip, it is a great hike, the falls are amazing. Just be sure you are physically prepared.
Written August 5, 2017
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Abby R
Lafayette, LA54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
Myself and a couple of friends visited Clark Creek this past weekend. The waterfalls were very nice since it had rained quite a bit the days before we got there. I would imagine in the summer they could be dry at times. I am not a very fit person and found that the improved trail was about an easy to medium difficulty for me. The improved trail was covered in gravel and was wide, but still had many ups and downs. Walking in the creek beds to see certain waterfalls was fairly easy. You did have to hike over or around rocks at times in the creek bed. I wore hiking sandals (with a covered toe) which was nice because I didn't mind getting my feet muddy or wet in the creek. The really difficult part for us was the primitive trail. The trail is not wide and since it had rained a lot before went, it was muddy and slippery at times. It is also an almost constant up and down hike, with very few flat parts. Again, I am not in shape, and was not prepared for this. Totally my fault for not doing enough research. We also only had one water bottle per girl, and a small bag of almonds and dried cherries. It was not enough. Doing the improved trail and the primitive trail, took us about 6 hours. I would love to try the primitive trail again when I'm in better shape, and with enough supplies!
Written March 14, 2017
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TraBuff
Unalaska, AK271 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
What an amazing time we had here! There are 2 trails to choose from, hard and less hard..lol. starting off is easier as it is downhill. Coming back is mostly uphill, I imagine that's why I saw quite a few people with walking sticks. There are places to stop and sit, even a swing overlooking the scenery, and stairs in some areas for those not wanting to do steep hills. The waterfalls are delightful and feel like it's the reward for trekking on. We made it to 2 of the 6 waterfalls before turning back, but had it not been for dinner reservations, I would have stayed all day. It is close enough from Parts of Louisiana and Mississippi to get to in no time and is definitely worth the drive! We saw families with dogs and children playing in the waterfalls and creeks..just awesome! There's no cost to get in however there is an honor box for a $3 parking fee.
Written March 19, 2014
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801amberc
Thibodaux, LA20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
My husband and I arrived at Clark's Creek not sure what we would find out in Ms. We were pleasantly surprised by the beauty we found. The trail entrance and exit is not for the faint of heart as it has a very steep incline. Once you get past the first leg of the trip it becomes much more enjoyable. We decided to go down to the creek bed and see where it led us. There were several beautiful waterfalls. I highly suggest bringing water shoes or an extra pair of shoes for after the hike if you choose to follow the creek and explore the waterfalls. We will be going back on a return trip with our son. They had every age from 3 years old to probably 63.
Written March 4, 2018
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cesi100
Houston, TX104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Even if you are out of shape ( but able to do 2-3 flights of stairs), few miles of walking in a great natural habitat is totally worth the trip. We walked through the Creek so we had hiking sandals. There are multiple lovely waterfalls and many butterflies. A gem.
Written August 26, 2018
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Christina B
Louisiana6,198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
My husband & I decided to do the full loop. I love waterfalls. After seeing the first & back tracking to look at the map & trying to figure out which way to go a young man & his son told us that those maps are awful & not correct. So he gave us some directions. Told us to follow the creek bed. It was very shallow & mainly just in the middle. So once we came to the short stairs to go down & climbed over some big rocks we were off. There is also a lovely waterfall at the bottom of those stairs. Well the creek bed wasn’t quite as easy to maneuver at times, but if a 67 & 58 year old can do it you can too. Thankfully I like to climb 😂 & I have a bad knee, but new steroid shot was working overtime. Anyway it was an adventure. We did have to climb up to take trail a few times as the creek bed was impassable then we’d go back down. It really was easier in some ways & thankfully mostly shaded. We saw 5 waterfalls. Either one was dry or we somehow missed it. He had told us to turn & not to cross the no trespassing sign when we got toward the end as it was private property & to turn right & continue with creek bed to last waterfall. Pass up the stairs & stay straight. Then back track to the stairs to start the trek upwards.... and upwards it was. We spent 2 hours 45 mins traversing through the woods & along the creek & since last waterfall is not considered part of the trail it was right at 4 miles total. Shoes got a little wet from hopping rocks. Make sure to wear a good pair of tennis shoes or hiking shoes. Something that fits well.
Bring/wear BUG spray. Bull knats we’re out in full force. Thankfully our B&B owner sprayed us before we left & we picked up a can too just in case. Bring water as well.
The Simply Soothing big spray (green bottle) she used worked so well & smells good too. So much so that I ordered it on line. My new best friend on vacations.
It’s a tough trail, but doable. It was a beautiful day out as well.
Written May 15, 2019
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stacie t
Morgan City, LA47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Family
Our first time hiking this weekend at Clark Creek. We really enjoyed our trip (From Morgan City Louisiana) Very clean and well maintained. Bathrooms are located at the trail head (only). There was a few challenging steep hills but it was great workout and there is several resting spots. We only hiked the improved trails. Was there a total of 4 hours. We brought a printed map (I suggest you do) and was able to follow most of it with a few signs along the way. BUT we could not figure out how to venture onto the primitive trail to find the 3rd waterfall. There is no signs and there is a lot of little trails that branch off so it is very confusing. Looking at the map now, I'm guessing once you come to the dead end of the improved trail you have to jump in the creek and hike it to the primitive trail. But have no clue where the beginning of that trail starts near the parking area.. we looked down every small trail they had. We are planning another trip next month and will try hiking the actual creek. some people had aqua shoes on so I will bring them. The water was very very low so there was very little water in the creek but enough to splash to cool off. The honor box Is now $4 and has an attached mirror tag you should hang in your car. They were checking them when we got there. My suggestions: bring water, snack, bug spray, printed map, good shoes & hiking stick
We stayed at Tunica Hills campground just 8 miles down the road..great weekend trip!
Written September 12, 2016
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Amperage
Louisiana81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
At least not in Louisiana or southern Mississippi. Clark Creek is my happy place, it is the place I return to over and over again to hike and walk and reflect upon natural beauty.

There are really 3 main trails. The first and easiest is the creek trail. Turn off the improved trail at the start of the primitive trail and make your way to all the waterfalls by following the creeks. The second is the improved trail. These trails are covered in gravel, for the most part, and are steep up and downs that will give you a good workout but aren't dangerous. The third is the primitive trail, which is a narrow track with paint blazes and little bike style reflectors for waymarks. This is also not dangerous, but involves a little scrambling here and there. (Well, so long as it hasn't rained the night before. The primitive trail is mainly red clay and turns mean when wet. My husband jokes that there are two trails - Primitive Wet and Primitive Dry. Dry is a nice outing in the woods. Wet is an arduous climbing hike.)

Clark Creek is a bit of a geological oddity. You will see boulders, you will see big rocks. The waterfalls themselves fall over the edge of rock ledges into pools scoured out of stone. The landscape is steep and ever changing.

Is it eroding? Well, yes. It has always been eroding. When you step into the teensy canyons for waterfalls #4 and #5, look around you. Those canyons have been formed by the millenia of water eating away at the banks of the loess cliffs around you. The boulders that line the creek banks were once a part of the rock ledges of a waterfall.

The cliffs themselves are forever collapsing and tumbling into the river with dramatic results. This is not due to human intervention, but is merely how this landscape constantly, rapidly, evolves and changes. Neither good nor bad, simply is.

Be aware that this is a popular place for Baton Rougeans and those of the local environs. You will encounter families with small children, college students who are still in the process of becoming civilized (If I had a dollar for every teenage girl I've come across at Clark Creek blaring music from her backpack, I would be able indulge several fine meals at the Mag and the Francis.), and couples out with their dogs. (The local dogs, I am informed, think this place is Disneyland.) There's no lottery to visit and no limitations on visitors. For up to 6 people the cost is $4. Over 6 is an extra .50 a head. (Yes, the park manager DOES check.)

The improved trails are maintained, more or less, and the rest is left to the hikers. Due to the erosion of the hikers, the primitive, for example, changes. There are several places where the trail has changed entirely and the eroded sections are being left to recover, which they are doing rapidly. The fee is minimal, which puts it in reach of anyone with the resources to get there, including several families for whom Clark Creek is their pool. (And what a way to grow up, with waterfall #3 as your earliest memory of going swimming!) You are on your own to explore. Having a ranger or a ranger station would cost money, money that visitors would have to cough up in the form of fees. I'm happy with current arrangement that costs less than the price of a happy meal, to be perfectly honest, as it makes the park accessible.

The only potable water and restrooms are at the trail head. Print your own maps, because none are available. Wear shoes that you don't mind hiking through water in. Wear clothes that dry quickly (avoid cotton). Know that the park is big, I mean really, really big. No matter how full the parking lot is, you will not meet many people on the primitive and you can have a good time in the main waterfalls.

Have fun.
Written May 10, 2016
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nebraskan70005
New Orleans, LA76 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
The site is terrible abused by visitors who thrown trash about, leave clothing at the waterfalls, carry radios and in general treat this extraordinary site as a playgrounds. Trail side dirt walls are marred by deeply carved initials and the one shelter is covered with markings. The main "trail" is now a 12 foot wide road covered with noisy crushed rock. Side trails are very deeply eroded due to absence of water bars and switchbacks.

The state agency who is responsible for the site has installed a series of steps which is a good idea to reduce the enormous erosion of trails. However there is no information at the trail head as to the uniqueness of Tunica Hills. Maps are only 12 inch square metal ones with little detail. No kiosks with displays or any printed into was available. Visitors were asking each other "where are the waterfalls" and "where does this trail go to".

On weekends there are dozens and dozens of cars parked up and down the road representing hundreds of visitors. On a Sunday in April, there were no uniformed personnel at the trail head or on the trails. At such an extremely popular site, there should be rangers about to provide information and to monitor the conduct of the visitors.

The very poorly located building with toilets and broken faucets blocks the trail head and the "money post" with the sign noting all vehicles are charged a $4 fee.

The site should renamed "Clark Creek Unnatural Area" as hordes of people are abusing the site, it is anything but a natural area. What a shame!!!!!!!
Written April 30, 2016
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