A peaceful park for enjoying nature, Big Cypress was named for a national champion tree that was 1,350 years old before being killed by a lightning strike in 1976. In the floodplain of the Obion River’s Middle Fork, the park is a great site for picnicking, wildflower walks, bird watching and hiking and includes a 330-acre natural area and 27-acre adjacent park.
Native wild flowers and native trees include the showy evening primrose, bald cypress, and dogwood. Wildlife includes bluebirds, bats, and bald eagles.
The Big Cypress Fall Festival in mid-October features arts and crafts, birds of prey programs, and musical entertainment.
One tree identification trail .3 miles long is available. This educational and informative trail is marked with tree identification markers. It is dry all year, easy to walk and handicap assessable. The trail starts in the picnic area, goes around the ball field and ends back in the picnic area.
Picnicking is a popular activity at Big Cypress Tree State Park. The park offers a peaceful, quiet setting with plenty of shade. Many area churches enjoy outings here along with family reunions and birthday parties. There is one large picnic shelter that can accommodate up to 35 people. The shelter is equipped with grills, water, and electricity and may be reserved up to one year in advance. One picnic shelter with five tables, two grills, electricity, water, and restrooms is available. No charge for use. May be reserved for large groups by calling the park office, otherwise it's first-come first-serve. Six other picnic tables on concrete pads with grills are available.
The park has one play structure for young (10 and under) children and a basketball goal. A ball field with backstop for softball or any other activity requiring an open area is available.
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Big Cypress is a popular park for scouting and scout leader training. The picnic shelters are great gathering places for reunions and school field trips hosted by the park. The park has one play structure for young children, a basketball goal and ball field with backstop.
The variety of plant life includes native wild flowers may be seen here including showy evening primrose and Black-eyed Susans, and native trees such as yellow poplar, bald cypress, and dogwood. Wildlife includes bluebirds, doves, hawks, owls, deer, squirrels, butterflies, bats and, during the Fall Festival, interpretive programs with bald eagles and other birds of prey.
The bottomland hardwood and bald cypress forest in the natural area occurs along the old river meanders and the channelized Middle Fork of the Obion River. A bald cypress forest present in the sloughs and depressions along the river comprises bald cypress, river birch, sweet gum, sycamore, overcup oak, water oak, willow oak, and cherrybark oak. A bottomland hardwood forest at higher locations includes green ash, swamp chestnut oak, red maple, slippery elm and white oak.
295 Big Cypress Road
Greenfield, TN 38230
Phone: (731) 235-2700
Fax: (731) 235-3810
From Jackson, take U.S. Hwy 45E north through Greenfield: then just north of Greenfield, turn left on Hwy 445 (Kimery Store Rd.), and follow the road for approximately 5 miles to the natural area entrance on the right.
Big Cypress Tree State Natural Area is located in Northwest Tennessee in Weakley County seven miles from the town of Greenfield, and may be reached by following the signs beginning at the junction of Highway 45E and Hwy. 445, just north of Greenfield.