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Big Hill Pond State Park
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Big Hill Pond State Park © Bill Automata from 38104, USA / CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Big Hill Pond State ParkTennessee, 2013
Big Hill Pond State Park © Fredlyfish4 / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Travis McNatt Lake in Big Hill Pond State Park, Tennessee
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The observation tower in Big Hill Pond State Park, Tennessee
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984 John Howell Road
Pocahontas, Tennessee   38061

Phone: 731-645-7967
Big Hill Pond State Park lies in the southwestern part of McNairy County and encompasses approximately 5,000 acres of magnificent timberland and hardwood bottom land. Cypress Creek and Tuscumbia River border the property. Several oxbow lakes and sloughs add to the waterway. The flood plain 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.
No backcountry camping allowed. However, backpackers may hike in to four different camp shelters, three of which are very remote.

Shelters are on a first come basis.

When staying at shelters, if you do not check in with the office or park ranger, please leave a note on your dash as to which shelter you are staying and how long so the ranger will know why your vehicle is parked overnite.

How many people may stay at one site? From one person to as many as ten may stay in the shelter. Shelters have six bunks, however, four or more persons may sleep on the floor.

No pets inside the shelters.

Four scout camps are available, one in the campground area and three down the gravel road past the park office. Site 19 is the designated scout camp in the campground.

Quiet time in the campground is 10:00 p.m. Because the campground is small, there is no generator operation after 10:00 p.m.
Some light vehicles do have a problem getting up the steep boat ramp. Ramp can accommodate boats as big as a 20 ft. bass boat as long as your vehicle is large enough to pull up the steep ramp.

Boats need to use electric motors only.
The old Big Hill Pond is accessible by four-wheel drive, the fishing and the view are great. This lake was created in 1853.

Travis McNatt Lake is 165 acres and is spring fed year-round, fishing is good for bass, bream, and catfish. A valid State of TN fishing license is required. TWRA rules and regulations apply to hunting and fishing at the park.

Big Hill Pond State Park is located near Corinth

You may picnic in the campground or the chimney area across from playground. The picnic area down by the lake has 22 sites, two of which are wheelchair accessible. First-come, first-serve basis.
Thirty miles of overnight and day use trails with four backpack trail shelters can be found on the park. Five miles of hiking trail and two trail shelters lies south of railroad. This is within our hunting area.
Nature Programs
Reptiles (available to schools, seasonal)

Summer Camp (seasonal)

History of Big Hill Pond (year round and available to schools)

Log Rolling (seasonal)

Backyard Wildlife (seasonal)
Area Attractions
Park Highlights: The Boardwalk and Dismal Swamp--eight tenths (.8) of a mile long, through the scenic Dismal Swamp The Observation Tower--70 feet tall, this refurbished fire tower offers a panoramic view of Travis McNatt Lake and Dismal Swamp Civil War Earthworks--railroad guard post built by Union Soldiers Nature Watching--waterfowl, including osprey, migrations in spring and fall, some year round residence, abundant wildlife.

The park derives its name from Big Hill Pond which was created in 1953 when dirt was scooped from a borrow pit to build a levee across the Tuscumbia and Cypress Creek bottoms for the Memphis to Charleston Railroad. Over the years, a great stand of cypress trees has grown in and around the 35-acre pond. The Pond is accessible by four wheel drive.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 29 Wonderful Fall Colors by jenn
park review stars; one to five After passing by the sign on I-40 for this park for years we finally decides to make it a part of our TN road trip. It was a wonderful stop and did not disappoint with awsome fall colors and a nice brisk hike even if we got lost on the trails.
February 19 love the hiking there! by Scott
park review stars; one to five If anyone wants to get away from it all, I strongly recommend it!
July 13 Nice riding trails!
park review stars; one to five We enjoyed taking the horses out for a ride!
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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.

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