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Chad Taylor reviewed Clark Creek Primitive Trail
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HikingGreat!

talked to the local park management and they say at best the trail will open after the new year. usually hike here 5 or times a year, but haven't been once this year...... wish they would open it up.

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Shannon Duet reviewed Clark Creek Primitive Trail
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I never post on anything. This trail is one of my favorites. It is so disheartening that it is still closed. Wtf?! Why is it STILL closed. No answers. At least make something up.. COVID can’t be used as an excuse anymore. The weather is getting perfect now to go hiking. This is absolutely ridiculous it’s still closed.

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Ryan Cooper reviewed Clark Creek Primitive Trail
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Closed

somebody needs to get in touch with the right authorities about opening this trail.. I mean it is Mississippi and they probably forgot they even closed it!!

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HikingBugsOver grown

I hiked from Fairley Bridge Landing to just south of the Black Creek Wilderness part of Desoto National Forest. The trail was a bit muddy in spots as it had just rained the day before. The trail was very overgrown but wasn't horrible. The biggest thing was having to fend off all of the banana spiders and their webs. They were all over the trail. Long pants, trekking poles, and lots of water (I only brought 2 liters and ran out on way back to Fairley Bridge Landing). Stopping at the side trail to a little beach on the Black Creek, where I ended my hike, is a must. It is located at around 4 miles in and will be on your right if you are traveling westbound on the trail.

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Ashley Lee reviewed Clark Creek Primitive Trail
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The trail itself is 5 star. The poor management of it 0-1 STAR I have watched it degrade over the last couple of decades. I grew up hiking this trail and it’s just not what it use to be. It use to be you just pulled up and enjoyed nature no issues, no tags, a hike at your own risk kind of deal but with thoughtful maps, trail markers, and safety reminders everywhere. It was fool proof. You could also pick up a paper map (if needed) at a local farm/store and just get into nature but now it’s a total joke! There’s an honor system now (which I’m all about supporting the advancement of the trails and areas) but when I brought my friends from Alaska (proud to show off this spot of course) I ended up just embarrassing myself like I said it had nothing to do with the trail it was impressive but when we returned from our hike my friend had a BIG FAT ticket thing on her car bc the flimsy paper thing you hang from the honor system had fallen off the rear view mirror and someone just decided to slap a ticket on her car, the office was closed and impossible to get anyone on the phone. In the 20+ years I’ve been enjoying this trail I have never encountered anything like that. We had actually honored the system and PAID very generously more than we were suppose to. My friends were flying out the next day so they just laughed and said come get me in Alaska, I guess it’s a bad attitude to have but it was embarrassing and ended our hike on a very sour note it also showed the disorganized and corrupt system. The ticket wasn’t really a big deal in itself it’s the fact the system is so disorganized it actually punished people who honored it and more, It is just a damn shame honestly and the bathrooms smell rotten, are totally filthy and disgusting it’s enough to make you want to puke, you can smell the bathrooms as you walk to the honor system box, not exactly a warm welcome when you are smelling human waste on the start of your journey, completely overshadows the beauty at the entrance. The amount of people there has never been an issue for me even as its popularity has grown over the decades, most people JUST come to take pictures and swim at the main two waterfalls which are located at the beginning of the trail after that it’s pretty much clear so I’ve never really felt overcrowded, you don’t have to be very strong but you do need to be in somewhat decent shape to do the entire trail, you wouldn’t want to take this hike if you have any major structural issues but it’s designed to help give most people access to the first two waterfalls with a decking system so don’t be discouraged if there's a crowd. I actually enjoy seeing people off their phones and enjoying nature, it refreshing and everyone is minding their own. There is plenty of space to spread out and there’s actually more (less impressive but more) waterfalls on the entire hike and really gorgeous views. I have encountered young adults drinking but I’ve never been threatened by them. I’ve actually been more concerned for their safety this is not a place you want to be inebriated at. I’ve never had cell phone service and it’s a good ways to help if something dangerous happened. The famous Angola prison shares a border with these woods and you’re on your own when night falls, where’s the ticket slapping person when you really need them?!?! Ya know? My last and final gripe about this trail is the fact that it is closed atm, either I’ve really missed something in the last year and it’s become a partying place? Bc I can’t even imagine how it wouldn’t be a great place for social distancing activities. I’m appalled it is still closed, I literally just got back from California where I was able to enjoy any and all trails, hiking, boating, swimming, fishing, camping, etc. activities. It was all open and California isn’t messing around with this pandemic esp compared to some less liberal states. It just doesn’t make sense how I can go shopping at SAMS in the heart of the pandemic but I can’t take my family out into nature?! Where I have never even been anywhere near 6 feet to someone else on these trails, plenty of fresh air and space and here we are in August and it’s still closed? It’s not like we have many options around here to get outside and hike w/o dying of heat exhaustion, all while being properly social distanced, other then the 2 main waterfalls it is actually nearly impossible to gather in large crowds here and it doesn’t even make sense to gather in a crowd it’s hilly and treacherous there’s no cell reception so other than the small possibility of some minimal crowding near the start of the trail with people taking pictures and waterfall swimmers It’s not a place that invites crowding so this goes back to the defunct system managing the trails! And I have no doubt people would respect social distancing while here. Sooo DO NOT waste your gas money driving out here it is CLOSED.

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Jolby Marcel reviewed Clark Creek Primitive Trail
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Hit this trail about a year back. Maybe it’s because we went when we did, but this was one of the most awful trails I’ve ever done. They had so many people, which is fine usually. I guess the amount of people attracted so many bugs? They had hundreds of sand flies. Swarming us like we disturbed a bee nest. I have friends that didn’t have the same experience, but i doubt I’ll return just in case. The elevation coming back to the parking lot is pretty rough. Save up your energy for that.

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So, this trail is tricky to review. First leg is nice and a thin, but clear, path is available. However, there's a long and overgrown section that was very difficult and quite annoying to go through. Most of the trail had spots with overgrowth, but certainly not all. There IS some spots that are well maintained and quite beautiful, especially when you gain elevation. Overall a very, very mixed bag. Id recommend for a nice day hike with some length and about 1/3 being quite scenic and beautiful. The rest? Not quite good. Oh, and got lost for about 15min trying to find the trail when it hops and skips over across a road. More sinage is needed for sure, but not terrible.

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Vickie LaCoste reviewed Clark Creek Primitive Trail
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This area has been closed due to the Covid 19 pandemic

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Lauren Greenlee reviewed Clark Creek Primitive Trail
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Trails are still CLOSED. The website has not been updated and is rather deceiving. Driving now to Tunica Hills so our day’s not wasted!

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Lyle Gallet reviewed Clark Creek Primitive Trail
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Hiking

Is the trail back open?

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HikingBugs

Hiked about 4 miles out and back on 5/23/20. The trail was a little overgrown but pretty easy to keep to. It was mostly shaded the whole time. There were lots of very large flies following us the whole way — which super sucked. We also found 5-6 ticks on us. The highlight was seeing a 5ft rattlesnake laying right beside the trail.

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Max Miller reviewed Clark Creek Primitive Trail
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Trail closed until further notice. Had vehicles and trailers blocking parking area with giant "PARK CLOSED" sign. Didn't stick around but I imagine if you do you'll get a trespassing ticket.

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We really enjoyed this hike! We went to the 1st and 2nd waterfall then followed the creek to the 3rd one. We then continued on the creek and ran into the primitive trail. The scenery on the primitive was amazing and definitely recommended. We figured out that one way on the trail was marked white and the other way was orange so that made it a little easier to navigate. There are maps throughout the trail but most are on the ground from being washed out so just be on the lookout for them. Definitely bring a change a clothes and extra water. We only brought one hydration pack for 2 ppl and we ran out of water towards the end so I’d recommend everyone brought their own

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Mileina Battaglia reviewed Clark Creek Primitive Trail
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FeeRocky

Such terrific scenery. There were 4 of us - 2 cautious and 2 more daring. We were able to moderate challenges for ourselves individually as there were optional routes to travel.

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Sam Taliaferro reviewed Clark Creek Primitive Trail
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this was a good dog friendly trail. there are a lot of different paths to take that aren't marked well but there are good signs for the waterfalls and parking area. was very busy with lots of dogs and kids on the main trails. the primitive trails were much less crowded

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HikingMuddy

Nice out and back!!

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Kyle Abbott reviewed Clark Creek Primitive Trail
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My family loves Clark Creek. Our most recent hike we stuck to the out and back improved portion of the trail because we had the little ones with us. However, the improved trail itself is challenging due to the elevation gain. The footing is just more predictable and it is a shorter distance than the primitive trail. We did the improved with a 5 and 6 year old and it is a perfect challenge for them, and for anyone if you push it on the inclines. The trail is well traveled and maintained. We saw a ton of people out on a pretty Saturday. This has to be the best place to hike in the Baton Rouge area, being about an hour drive away from BR.

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Ray Edwards reviewed Clark Creek Primitive Trail
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HikingMuddyRocky

I think the trail was awesome it had good views and the waterfalls were flowing good. If you go just know your feet are going to get wet. The trail is not marked as well as it should be but overall it was a great hike. I will definitely be going back.

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Great trail for Mississippi! Extremely easy and flat. I would consider this more of a nature walk. We saw some turtles along the river which was cool to see. We only went about halfway. Very Kid friendly. A little difficult to find the trail head. People should also not leave their trash ;)

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Alexa Barrios reviewed Clark Creek Primitive Trail
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HikingMuddy

It was so nice! The weather was perfect when we went. So close to where I live, I will definitely be going again.

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Amy Barnes reviewed Clark Creek Primitive Trail
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HikingFeeMuddy

This was my first “moderate” trail. It was pretty hard. Went on a Saturday and it was very crowded...parking was tight. Crowd thinned out further out we got. Didn’t find the start of the primitive trail and ended up hiking the trail backwards...which we were told by fellow hikers was more difficult. There were some muddy parts that were slippery when climbing out of the creek bed. Waterfalls were pretty and creek bed was nice to walk through. I HIGHLY recommend waterproof hiking shoes and trekking poles if you are new to moderate trails. Also bring more water than you think you will need. We went in January and it wasn’t hot...but you will get a workout. There is a shortcut that cuts through and you miss the back part of the trail. We didn’t want to take this but got turned around and ended up taking it on the way out and hiked out the way we came. in. Ended up going 6 miles instead of 4.3. Will be back to hike the whole trail as it is meant to be hiked...it was fun and beautiful.

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Awesome trail. Took 14 boys from my scout troop. Great prep trail for high adventure scout camps. We will be back!

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Hannah Hennessey Lambert reviewed Clark Creek Primitive Trail
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HikingMuddy

Great hike! Lots of ups-and-downs which contribute to the overall elevation change. For the most part, the trail is well marked. It was kinda difficult to navigate over the creeks. Lots of trash cans on the northwest/west loop of the trail which was convenient. Not as muddy as I figured it would be the day after rain. My dog enjoyed herself. Saw 2 deer.

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