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 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Beautiful run in hardwood forest bordering Travis McNatt Lake highlighting a fire tower overlooking the park.


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3.8

Miles

6.2

KM

97%

Runnable

596' 182 m

High

383' 117 m

Low

338' 103 m

Up

346' 106 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Fishing · Lake · Views · Wildlife

The park closes at 9 pm.

Overview

Big Hill Pond State Park is a beautiful park to visit in the fall, winter, and spring, but can be a bit warm and bug-ridden in the summer.

Need to Know

Restroom access is located in the campground or at the boat ramp. There is no bathroom access at the dam levee parking.

Runner Notes

Singletrack semi-technical with interesting and challenging climbs.

Description

The trail begins at the parking area at the top of the levee of Travis McNatt Lake (two miles past the Visitor Center). After going down the steep hill to the levee, you climb a short distance on rocky trail to a singletrack trail that winds for about a mile through a beautiful hardwood forest bordering the beautiful Travis McNatt Lake.

You then access a wider trail leading to the 70-foot observation tower that offers panoramic views of the lake and the Dismal Swamp. After climbing the tower, you follow another singletrack trail bordering interesting boulders and rock formations and arrive shortly at the mile-long boardwalk crossing the Dismal Swamp.

After crossing the boardwalk, you make your way back up to the parking area via another beautiful trail bordered by interesting rock formations.

Flora & Fauna

Big Hill Pond State Park lies in the southwestern part of McNairy County and encompasses 4,138 acres of timberland and hardwood bottomland. Cypress Creek and Tuscumbia River border the property. The flood plain, adjacent to the river and creek contains small oxbows and swampy areas which are desirable habitat for waterfowl, wildlife, and fish. You may see white-tail deer and wild turkey.

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Tracy King

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Dismal Swamp Boardwalk
Jan 15, 2021 near Selmer, TN
Wildflowers on the levee
Jan 17, 2021 near Selmer, TN

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