Observe nature in its fullest variety at several pristine locations in Washington County.
Birders will think they are in paradise – more bird species have been identified here in the National Audubon Society’s annual count than at any other inland location in North America.
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Directions: The Preserve is on U.S. Highway 82 West at Cypress Lane. It is one-half mile from the Mississippi Welcome Center, and a few miles from the bridge that crosses the Mississippi River. Greenville Cypress Preserve is a sixteen acre tract of land that protects three stands of ancient Cypress trees. There is an open pavillion and walking trail on site. By an observation deck with signage, the trail goes through the open meadow and over the slough, and through the mixed woodlands.
Since the late 1930s, the Greenville Garden Club has worked to save the Cypress Preserve. Now the preserve is a memorable experience that showcases the magnificence and magic of this tract of virgin cypress trees, which have graced this area for more than 100 years. Visit their website for more information on this unique preserve.
The refuge is located on Holt Collier’s historic hunting grounds near Darlove, Mississippi, about 29 miles southeast of Greenville. Holt Collier National Wildlife Refuge is the first refuge named to honor an African-American. Bordered on the north by the Bogue Phalia River, on the east by the Big Sunflower River, and on the south by Highway 12. Located strategically in the Mississippi Flyway, the Holt Collier National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat and resources for more than 250 songbirds.
The largest and oldest of Mississippi’s state parks, Leroy Percy is characterized by its bubbling hot springs, cypress trees and ancient live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. Leroy Percy is the only state park with a wildlife preserve and is famous for a large alligator population, where visitors can safely observe them from a raised boardwalk. The park abounds with deer, squirrel, turkey, duck and dove, as well as unspoiled hunting sites. Park facilities include a snack bar, cabins, meeting rooms, fishing, RV and camping sites, and a nature trail. Open Daily.
Stoneville Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 2,500-acre parcel located in Washington County, approximately five miles north of Leland. Stoneville WMA is owned by Mississippi State University and is located on the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Delta Branch Experiment Station in Stoneville. This area is dominated by bottomland hardwood stands of varying age classes with some mature timber stands scattered throughout the area.