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Tupelo-Bald Cypress Swamp

Canton, Mississippi 39046 USA

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Thu 12a-11:59p
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  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating
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“marvel at the stately cypress trees with plunging roots”

Water tupelo and bald cypress trees can live in deep water for long periods. After taking root in summer when the swamp is nearly dry, the seedlings can stay alive in water deep enough to kill other plants. This trail leads to an abandoned river channel. As the channel fills with silt and vegetation, black willow, sycamore, red maple and other trees will gradually replace the bald cypress and tupelo. Don't hurry, the change will take several hundred years. Walk the loop around the swamp and marvel at the the stately cypress trees with roots plunging into the still waters. In the summer when the water is blanketed with algae, it seems as though you could step right onto it, but you may not want to once you look closer at that bumpy log and realize that it is actually an alligator!

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Reviewed by
cheatbham

  • 17 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
October 06, 2018
Rated 5.0

Great short stop. Nice stop to get out and stretch your legs for a minute.

Note, there is no true address so when you are on Natchez Trace Parkway look for mile marker 122.

Also, a very clean roadside bathroom is one stop, less than half a mile, before you get to the swamp.

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Tatiana Danger

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March 23, 2016
Rated 4.0

Get your fill of danger at mile marker 122, where alligators lurk beneath the smooth surface of the swamp. Walk the loop around the swamp and marvel at the the stately cypress trees with roots plunging into the still waters. In the summer when the water is blanketed with algae, it seems as though you could step right onto it, but you may not want to once you look closer at that bumpy log and realize that it is actually an alligator!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
roadtripper434758

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
October 21, 2020

Due to a possible tornado in the summer of 2020 this park is now a mess. Hopefully they will get the MANY fallen trees cleared out soon.

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Tupelo-Bald Cypress Swamp

Canton, Mississippi
39046 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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