Big Cypress Tree State Park
Big Cypress Road
Greenfield, TN 38230
WELCOME to Big Cypress Tree State Park
Recently planted native wild flowers draw
hummingbirds, butterflies and nature lovers to Big Cypress Tree State
Park in Weakley County.
The 17 distinctive wild flower beds are
complemented by a number of benches that make it easy for visitors to
relax and watch wildlife. These gardens are a wonderful place to see
beautiful colors, enjoy nature or even practice your photography.
This 330-acre natural area lies in the
floodplain of the Middle Fork of the Obion River in West Tennessee.
Visitors to the 330-acre Big Cypress Tree State Park in the natural
area will find a clean and peaceful park where they can relax and
enjoy nature. Having a picnic in the picnic shelter is a popular
A variety of plant life ranging from native wild
flowers to native trees may be seen here. Examples are showy evening
primrose, Black-eyed Susans, yellow poplar, bald cypress, and dogwood.
Wildlife seen at Big Cypress includes bluebirds, doves, hawks, owls,
deer, squirrels, butterflies, bats, and many others.
During the Fall Festival, held each fall during
the month of September, visitors may see up close several birds of
prey including a bald eagle.
Big Cypress is a popular park with the boy
scouts and usually hosts several scout camporees each year as well as
individual troop camping trips. Boy Scout leaders have used Big
Cypress as a training site for new scout leaders, churches use the
park and its picnic shelter for special services and cookouts,
families host family reunions and area schools find the park popular
for field trips.
The park is named for the national champion bald
cypress tree that once lived on the park. The tree was the largest
bald cypress in the U.S.A. and the largest tree of any species east of
the Mississippi River. The tree's diameter was 13 feet and its
circumference was 40 feet.
The tree lived to be 1,350 years old before
lightning struck and killed the tree in 1976. The lightning knocked
the top out of the tree and the tree smoldered for two weeks.
The tree is no longer standing at this
time and cannot be seen from the two mile long bottomland trail that
once led visitors to a place where the tree could be observed. The
trail itself is now closed.
Camping is not allowed at this park with the
exception of Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups who have special
permission to camp, conduct scouting events, and do scout projects.
Picnicking is a popular activity at Big Cypress
Tree State Park. The park offers a peaceful, quiet setting with plenty
of shade. Many area churches enjoy outings here along with family
reunions and birthday parties.
There is one large picnic shelter that can
accommodate up to 35 people. The shelter is equipped with grills,
water, and electricity and may be reserved up to one year in advance.
One picnic shelter with five tables, two grills, electricity, water,
and restrooms is available. No charge for use.
May be reserved for large groups by calling the
park office, otherwise it's first-come first-serve. Ten other picnic
tables on concrete pads with grills are available.
Programs are available on request from the
park's manager. During the Fall Festival the last weekend in
September, several park programs are scheduled including birds of
prey, storytelling, and plant or tree identification.
The park has one play structure for young (10
and under) children and a basketball goal. A playground with swings is
available for the 5 to 12 age group as well. A ball field with
backstop for softball or any other activity requiring an open area is
One tree identification trail .3 miles long is
available. This educational and informative trail is marked with tree
identification markers. It is dry all year, easy to walk and handicap
assessable. The trail starts in the picnic area, goes around the ball
field and ends back in the picnic area.
Big Cypress Tree is a 270-acre natural area in
Weakley County. It is a bottomland hardwood and bald cypress forest
that occurs along the old river meanders and the channelized Middle
Fork of the Obion River.
A bald cypress forest is present in the many
sloughs and the depressional areas along the river. This forest is
comprised of bald cypress, river birch, sweet gum, sycamore, overcup
oak, water oak, willow oak, and cherrybark oak.
The bottomland hardwood forest that occurs at
higher locations includes green ash, swamp chestnut oak, red maple,
and slippery elm with some white oak. For more information, visit the
Natural Areas web site.
Thanks to the Iris Fund, a beautiful plant
garden featuring native Tennessee wild flowers, shrubs, and trees was
added to the park in 2007. The garden is located adjacent to the paved
walking trail and adds beauty to the park.
Identification signs identify the plants for
educational purposes. The garden is a magnet for hummingbirds and
- Tour buses cannot be accommodated at this
- Fall temperatures: warm to cool and dry
- Winter temperatures: cool to very cold,
- Spring temperatures: rainy and cool
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