Tombigbee National Forest

Sign marking Tombigbee National Forest

Tombigbee National Forest is a 67,005-acre property in two non-contiguous parcels in north-eastern Mississippi. The name comes from the nearby Tombigbee River. The Forest was designated in 1959 and was made up of abandoned farm lands and clear cut timber tracts, all of them being heavily eroded. Today the forest is treed with pines and hardwoods and is rich with wildlife. However, the Forest is a patchwork property, intermingled with private woodlots and farms.

The Forest is bisected by the Natchez Trace Parkway. Just off the Parkway on Davis Lake Road is the Owl Creek Mounds site. The five mounds were constructed between 800 and 900 years ago by the Mound Builders of the Mississipian culture. Three of them were excavated in 1991-1992 by a team from Mississippi State University. They found structural remains on all three mounds but the lack of debris between the mounds suggests the site was either occupied by very few people or was only in use for ceremonial purposes.

Tombigbee Ranger District Recreation Areas

Recreation Area Amenities
Choctaw Lake Recreation Area Camping, Picnicking, Fishing, Boating, Hiking, Swimming
Davis Lake Recreation Area Camping, Picnicking, Fishing, Boating, Hiking, Swimming
Owl Creek Mounds Indian Mounds, Historical Site
Witch Dance Horse Trail Fifteen Miles of Equestrian Trail
Noxubee Hills Bike Trail Biking, Hiking, Hunting, Viewing, Camping
Chickasaw ATV Trail Twelve Miles of Trail
The Owl Creek Mounds
At the Owl Creek Mounds site

Upper left photo courtesy of the US Forest Service
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