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TENNESSEE WILDLIFE VIEWING TRAIL » West Tennessee
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Big Hill Pond State Park

Site Directions: Big Hill Pond is located about 18 miles south of Selmer, TN, in McNairy County on State Hwy. 57. From U.S. Hwy. 45, turn west on Hwy. 57 from Eastview. Big Hill Pond is located on Hwy. 57 about 10 miles from the U.S. Hwy. 45 and 57 intersection.
Lat: 35.077283°N Long: -88.721981°W (entrance)
Hours: day light hours, overnight camping is allowed at shelters
Seasonality: year round
Fees: none

Site Description: The park encompasses approximately 5,000 acres of mixed pine and hardwood forests and some bottomland forests. Big Hill Pond is the center piece of the park. Cypress Creek and Tuscumbia River border the property. Several oxbow lakes and sloughs add to the waterway. The floodplain adjacent to both the Tuscumbia River and Cypress Creek contains small oxbow lakes and swamp areas which are desirable habitat for waterfowl, wildlife and fishing.

The park has a boardwalk about eight tenths (.8) of a mile long, through the scenic Dismal Swamp. There is an Observation Tower--70 feet tall, which is a refurbished fire tower that offers a panoramic view of Travis McNatt Lake and Dismal Swamp Civil War Earthworks--railroad guard post built by Union Soldiers.

Mountain biking and horse trails are available in addition to several miles of hiking trails.

Wildlife to Watch: General woodland bird is good. Waterfowl may be present on the lake in winter, while osprey may be seen spring through fall. Bald Eagles are also nesting in the area and may be seen almost any time of the year.

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Be sure to check out our Safety Tips page for important information regarding viewing wildlife in these areas.