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Lee Tartt Nature Preserve in Grenada, Mississippi

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Lee Tartt Nature Preserve is a 300-acre protected area in Grenada, Mississippi. It is located along the Yalobusha River along Main Street just north of downtown.


The preserve protects Chakchiuma Swamp and surrounding lands and seems to be undergoing some (slow) development. There are two trails: the North Trail, which was about a half mile, and the South Trail, which was about a mile and a half. Both were in poor condition and seemed incomplete.


The South Trail had signs indicating three loops (woodland, meadow, and swamp), but there only seemed to be a meadow loop, with the other two just being out and back trails. All of the South Trail sections were on dirt roads, with many portions very wet.  The North Trail was more of a proper hiking trail, but it was extremely difficult to follow and seemed to just end, but perhaps it is supposed to become a loop trail. There isn't any real area to park close to the North Trail, apart from the side of the road, whereas the South Trail has m…

Old River Nature Trail at Grenada Lake

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The Old River Nature Trail is a 0.6-mile loop nature trail along the old channel of the Yalobusha River near Grenada, Mississippi. The trail is located below Grenada Dam, and is one of seven Grenada area trails, though the condition of those trails varies immensely and access to some may be closed.



This is a flat trail made of crushed stone with two short metal footbridges across a pond.


Some of the trees along the trail are labelled with what species they are, but there is not much else to the trail. The area is a very popular fishing area, both along the shoreline and with boats in the water.


My AllTrails track of this trail is here.

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Big Hill Pond State Park

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In January 2019 I went for a hike in Big Hill Pond State Park, located in southwestern Tennessee just north of the Mississippi border. The park has nearly 30 miles of hiking trails, 14 miles of which are also open to horses and mountain bikes, as well as a reservoir (Travis McNatt Lake), campground, backcountry campsites, observation tower, and historic sites. (park map)


My hike totaled 8.4 miles over nearly 3 hours with a total of 682 feet of elevation gain and began at the boat launch on Travis McNatt Lake. I began by hiking counterclockwise around the lake on the Dry Ridge Trail, which passes around the northern and western side of the lake. From the boat launch the trail closely follows the lakeshore for 0.65 mi before crossing the stream and wetlands at the north side of the lake.


From there the Dry Ridge Trail makes a short climb above the lake and goes up and down three small hills and valleys over 1.35 mi. Over this section of the trail there were some muddy sections in the va…

Davis Bridge Battlefield

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Davis Bridge Battlefield (also known as the Battle of Hatchie's Bridge) is a historic site in southwestern Tennessee that was the site of a Civil War battle on October 5, 1862.


Today there are two areas of the battlefield open to the public. The first is an observation area along Pocahontas Road on Metamora Hill that served a the Union line. There is a parking area and and some interpretive signs on the hill.


The second site is directly west of and down the hill from the previous site along Essary Springs Road and part of Shiloh National Military Park. This area has a parking area, a gate blocking the old road (which is now a trail) and a sign at the entrance.


The trail is about one-third of a mile (one way) to the end of the trail (plus one-third of a mile back), with basically no change in elevation. The trail follows was used to be the road through the forest to the site of the bridge across the Hatchie River. There is one interpretive sign near the start of the trail and anoth…

Baker's Pond Trail in Holly Springs National Forest

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Baker's Pond, located in Holly Springs National Forest in northern Mississippi, is a spring-fed pond that is the source of the Wolf River. There is (as of January 2019) a ~0.5 mile (one-way) trail that gains about 150 feet of elevation (round trip) to the lake.


The trail starts at a trailhead not far off the south side of U.S. Highway 72. Accessing the trailhead requires driving down a well-maintained dirt road that is passable in any vehicle. There is small parking area at the trailhead, as well as a sign mentioning the importance of restoring the forest.



The trail was originally about a 2.5 mile loop that appears to have followed the road at some point according to this U.S. Forest Service map. However, in December 2015 an EF-4 tornado passed through the area just south of the pond and completely destroyed all of the forest in its path. Since that time the trail has been an out-and-back trail that ends on the south side of Baker's Pond.


The trail itself is an easy walk that …

Civil War Earthworks at Tallahatchie Crossing

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Along Mississippi Highway 7 between Holly Springs and Oxford are the Civil War Earthworks at Tallahatchie Crossing. This site was the location parapets for Union cannons in late 1862 as General Grant moved along the Mississippi Central Railroad from their supply base in Holly Springs towards Oxford, and ultimately Vicksburg.


This is a mostly unknown site with no signs or markers to help you find it. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and sits on federal public land surrounding Sardis Lake.


When you turn from Mississippi Highway 7 just north of the Little Tallahatchie River onto Old Oxford Road in Marshall County you will shortly pass through a farm field (cotton in 2018). Park along this road, and continue south along the field's eastern side. As you round the southern side of the field, the historic site will be just through the trees along the field's edge.


All that remains are several mounds, covered in trees and other vegetation and fairly eas…

Rocky Ridge Horse Trail at Enid Lake 2018

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I previously hiked the Rocky Ridge Horse Trail on the north side of Enid Lake, Mississippi in March 2017. The trail was in poor shape then, and this time (October 2018) it was in even worse condition.


There is a section in the middle of the trail where it passes a small pond where the dam around the culvert has almost completely washed out. That section is completely impassible for horses, and only careful hikers can traverse around. I wouldn't be surprised if it soon was impassible on foot. Not helping that was a group of large downed trees uphill (on the west side) of that pond that also make the trail impassible for horses.


As I mention in the video above and in my previous post, signs designating the trail can be difficult to find, if they exist. Numerous spurs go in many directions from the trail, and it seems much of the western part of the trail is used predominantly by ATVs.


I didn't hike all of the eastern section of the trail (I just hiked from the pond towards Midwa…