3 On The Road: Clark Creek
WILKINSON COUNTY (Mississippi News Now) - It is sort of an exotic wilderness destination way down in the extreme southwest part of the state in Wilkinson County.
Way out, about 15 or so miles south west of Woodville, tucked away in the tall bluffs is the Clark Creek Natural Area.
It is pretty nifty by Mississippi standards because of all the waterfalls here. However, they aren't right up by the road by any means. It is a steep climb down from the parking lot to get to them on a rather rugged walking trail, which means a steep climb to get out. And there are several miles of trails and at least seven full-time waterfalls in there.
So plan on an all-day adventure if you go there, and make sure you take along water and a snack.
Now, there is a convenient place to get that water and snack almost at the trailhead at Clark Creek. Just before you get there is the old Pond Store. The store is a treasure in itself. There are very few of these old country stores still around. There's one like it in Learned in Hinds County, Gibbs Store, but the Pond Store has an added feature to soft drinks and chips.
It may be haunted.
Way back when the area was called the Public Pond, because there was a watering hole for livestock nearby, Mr. Limkewitz, a Russian immigrant set up a store here. Liz Chaffin's parents worked for him and bought the store from him later. Liz says Mr. Limkewitz told her parents that if there was any way to do so, after he died he might come back from time to time to check on the place.
Well lots of people, including Liz's daughters say they've seen him, but so far Liz hasn't, although she would like to.
"Then I had a couple that spent the night here and the next morning she said that this elderly man was standing at the foot of her bed last night," said Chaffin. "I said, 'well, if he comes back tonight tell him to come to my room because I never met him'."
So two birds with one stone, beautiful waterfalls, and an old country store like they used to have a long time ago, and possibly the chance to meet a ghost.
But don't count on the ghost. But don't count him out, either.
This trail is not for the faint-of-heart. And there are only primitive facilities available. But you will see stuff in there you won't see anywhere else in the state.
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