The Best Day Hike You Can Take With Your Dog In Mississippi

Improved/Primitive Trail
Clark Creek Natural Area • Woodville

Rugged terrain. Waterfalls. Challenging. Not what Seaman was expecting in the land of Mississippi Delta cotton fields.

These are the Tunica Hills, ridges of windblown sand-clay loess that have been sculpted into a maze of ravines and gorges. The locals call the area Tunica Falls, a catch-all for the 50 or so spring-fed waterfalls that percolate through the natural area, some as high as 30 feet.

The Improved Trail (really just some pea stones spread on the wide, packed clay footpath in spots) makes a rollercoaster trip of 1.75 miles through the lush hardwood forest. Wooden staircases have been installed as work- arounds on the steepest, potentially muddiest slopes. The hardiest climbs are down to overlooks of the falls spill- ing into secluded grottoes. The steps lead all the way into the streambed for alternate canine hiking and boulder hopping in the water.

The Improved Trail links into the Primitive Trail, a barely discerniblegash in the forest floor for a 2.6-mile loop. There will be more waterfalls to scout but overall only a fraction of Tu- nica Falls water shows will be on display without bushwhacking.

Waterfalls are just the start of Clark Creek’s favors. John James Audubon found many of the subjects for his seminal Birds of America in these woods. The trail also rambles past record trees- the Mississippi champion Hophorn-beam and the largest Mexican Plumg rowing anywhere in the world.

HIKING TIME: 3-4 hours

(from the book 300 Day Hikes To Take With Your Dog Before He Tires You Out: Trails where you won’t be able to wipe the wag off your dog’s tail)

 

Hiking With Your Dog Mississippi