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Natchez Trace State Forest and WMA

Site Directions: Take I-40 to exit 116. Travel south for 1.8 miles to Park Visitor Center. Go north to other areas of the park.

Lat: 35.8193°N Long: -88.2527°W

Hours: daylight hours

Seasonality: year round

Fees: none

Site Description: Primarily pine and deciduous woods comprise the 48,000 acres of Natchez Trace State Park and State Forest.  Some areas are overgrown with kudzu, a highly invasive and difficult pest plant. 

Hiking trails, including overnight trails, are available and pleasant walks for exercise and bird watching.

Wildlife to Watch: Summer birds that can be seen include Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested and Acadian Flycatcher, Scarlet and Summer Tanager, Wood Thrush, Pine, Prairie, and Kentucky Warbler.

In winter, Brown Creepers, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and usually Red-breasted Nuthatch can be found.

Small numbers of ducks can be found on the small ponds in winter. 

NOTE: Please refer to any site personnel and the  TWRA Hunting Guide about hunting seasons and public access dates. Access dates vary by site.

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

Natchez Trace State Forest - State web page

Natchez Trace State Park - State web page

Natchez Trace Parkway - National Park Service