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View of a cypress brake along the boardwalk at Tallahatchie NWR.


Directions

There is no visitor center for this refuge.  Tallahatchie National Wildlife Refuge is located on the north and south sides of Highway 8, nine miles west of Holcomb, MS.  Please note that gated roads are open from mid-September through May 1.  

The refuge is administered by the North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge Complex, located at 

2776 Sunset Drive  
Grenada, MS 38901 
Phone: (662) 226-8286 
Fax: (662) 226-8488 

From I-55, take exit 206 for Grenada. Head west on MS 8 and office is approximately one mile on the north side of the highway.

Points of Interest

The refuge features a gravel wildlife drive that takes visitors through the southern half of Tallahatchie NWR. The drive is located on Horsebarn Loop, which starts and ends at Highway 8. While driving, visitors will see Tippo Bayou, Long Branch, hardwood reforestation areas, and moist soil units. Wildlife commonly seen along this driving tour includes white-tailed deer, wood ducks and other waterfowl, wading birds, and eastern cottontail rabbits.

The refuge provides four boat ramps and one fishing pier on the south side of Highway 8. These ramps provide access for small fishing boats, kayaks, and canoes in Tippo Bayou and Long Branch. There is no boat launch fee; however anglers are required to purchase a North Mississippi NWR hunting and fishing permit.

A boardwalk and observation tower are located north of Highway 8, about one mile down Mabus Road. While hiking the boardwalk, walk quietly and try to see how many wildlife species you can see and hear. Wood ducks, hooded mergansers, herons and egrets, water snakes, and turtles can often be seen in the wetlands surrounding the wooded walkway. This is also a great place for photographers to capture images of wildlife and native plants. 

Know Before You Go

In order to make your visit safe and enjoyable, we recommend you prepare for your trip to Tallahatchie National Wildlife Refuge by bringing plenty of drinking water, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Comfortable footwear and long pants are recommended when hiking, as trails can have uneven terrain and poison ivy and thorny vegetation are present along the sides of trails. Hiking is best in the morning and evening when wildlife is most active and conditions are cooler. 

Please watch your step, as venomous snakes and other wildlife can be found on hiking trails and roads. It is illegal to harass or injure any wildlife (including snakes) while on the refuge.

All visitors must wear hunter orange during the hunting season (October—February) when hiking. The boardwalk and observation tower are located in an area closed to hunting.

Please note that gated roads, including Horsebarn Loop, are open from mid-September through May 1.

Page Photo Credits — Cypress trees by A. Breland/USFWS
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2014
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