In my quest to visit waterfalls in all 50 states, I had the chance to visit Mississippi earlier this year. There are a few waterfalls in the state, which may be surprising since there isn’t a significant elevation change in the state. But sometimes it just requires enough of an elevation change to get a waterfall. (The other requirement is water, which seems to often be the more difficult to meet.)
Clark Creek Natural Area is one of those places you’ll find waterfalls, and you’d be surprised how many you’re likely to find there. The map showed something like 7 or 8 waterfalls, and then I found another one that wasn’t listed on the map, hence the #9. Not all of the waterfalls are particularly tall, nor do they all have significant water flow. But it was still interesting nonetheless. This specific waterfall couldn’t be easily accessed close-up and is actually a zoomed-in picture from maybe 100 yards away or so. Obviously, there isn’t much water, and it had just rained for a day or two before. So don’t expect much, but be surprised!
Oh, wait, I haven’t told you much about the hike…That’s because I wrote about it before, with Clark Creek Falls #3. Absolutely definitely read this before you start your journey. Waterfall #9 is found along the circular route I’ve described in that post, and it is one of the most tiring hikes I have ever done. I skipped some of the more easily accessible waterfalls because I was worn out and at some points struggled to walk. If you don’t want the pain and suffering, stick to the main route, which hits #1 and #2.
1) From US-61 near Woodville, MS, turn right onto Main Street heading to East Monroe/Pinckneyville Road.
2) Turn left onto Monroe/Pinckneyville Road driving west to Fort Adams Rd.
3) Turn right onto Fort Adams Pond Road. Drive to the parking area for Clark Creek Natural Area, which will be on your left. (You can type in the address 366 Fort Adam Pond Road, Woodville, MS, 39669 to get you there using GPS.)
4) Pay the $4 entrance fee, and then start your hike. There is a 0.4 mile connector hike to both the Clark Creek/Waterfall Trail and the primitive trail. From there, you need to decide what you can handle. Waterfall #9 is on the second half of the trail.
Accessibility: 7/10 (if you use just the waterfall trail), 1/10 (primitive trail)
Distance of Hike: 2.5 miles round-trip (for Clark Creek/Waterfall Trail), 4.3 miles round-trip (for primitive trail looping into Clark Creek/Waterfall Trail)
Where in the World is Clark Creek Falls #9?: map