Plan Your Visit

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Hillside National Wildlife Refuge welcomes you!  While hunting and fishing are most popular among refuge visitors, other options are available for visitors interested in photography, birdwatching, and other activities. 

Contact Information 

1562 Providence Road

Cruger, MS  38924

(662) 235-4989  


Driving Directions 

Take Highway 49E approximately 16 miles north of Yazoo City to Thornton, MS.  Turn right (east) on Thornton Road and travel approximately 4 miles to the refuge. There is no staffed office on Hillside National Wildlife Refuge.   


Points of Interest 

Hillside National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 15,572 acres on the eastern edge of the lower Delta between the loess bluffs and the USACOE levee on the west. The elevation rises from less than 100 feet MSL on the south end to about 135 feet MSL on the north, where Black Creek forms an alluvial fan as it enters the Delta from the hills. The eastern boundary includes a small portion of the loess bluffs where within the refuge’s boundary, the elevation rises abruptly to 300 feet MSL.

Know Before You Go 

In the summertime, temperatures can be extreme! Be sure to bring plenty of insect repellent, drinking water, appropriate footwear, and sunscreen. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to visit, especially during the summertime when temperatures are more moderate and wildlife is most active.  Also be sure and watch out for snakes and other potentially hazardous wildlife species.