It’s nearly peak fall color time in Hardeman County. This is the time of year that the sugar and red maples, sweetgums, sumacs, tulip trees, hickories, and oaks put on a display of rich golds, fiery reds, brilliant oranges, and vibrant yellows. The landscape changes from the rich green of summer to a kaleidoscope of colors.
We have some beautiful spots in and near Hardeman County that are fantastic for viewing the fall foliage.
Big Hill Pond State Park
Drive a little east of Pocahontas on State Highway 57 and you will find just over 4,000 acres of forest that make up Big Hill Pond State Park.
For the best views, head to the 70-foot observation tower with a panoramic view of Travis McNatt Lake. You will be sure to see the fall colors from this vantage point.
Big Hill Pond State Park has 30 miles of hiking trails winding through hills and bottomland forests. These trails range in difficulty and length, so check with a map before starting out on your hike.
There are also 14 miles of equestrian trails which are also used by mountain bikers.
On October 31st, the Park is offering 3 to 4-hour guided kayak floats down the Tuscumbia and Hatchie Rivers for a water-side view of the fall colors. Your guide will also point out various birds, wood ducks, and mammals you might see along the way.
Chickasaw State Park
Just west of Henderson, TN, on Highway 100, lies Chickasaw State Park with 1,400 acres including hiking trails, Lake Placid, and bicycle-friendly roads.
Views from this park on higher than the surrounding area, providing you ample opportunity to see the fall color as you hike, bike, or ride horses.
The Park hosts regular events so check their calendar and Facebook page regularly.
With 13 historic WPA cabins, an RV campground with 52 sites, and a tent campground with 29 sites, Chickasaw State Park is great place for a weekend getaway.
So get out and enjoy a little hiking or birdwatching in Hardeman County while taking in the beautiful colors of fall.