Coldwater River Nature Trail System

North Outlet Trails

The North Outlet Channel Recreation Area provides access to the Coldwater River Nature Trail System. This network of trails encompasses two hiking trails (one trail is 3 miles in length and the other is 5 miles in length) and the Big Oak Nature Trail which is a self-guided interpretive trail.  The area includes pristine bottomland hardwood and pine forests where an abundance of wildlife and native plant species can be found throughout.  A self-guided interpretive booklet is available at the trailhead located on the north side of the Outlet Channel, or the booklet is available for download by selecting the link below.

South Outlet Trails – Swinging Bridge Nature Trail

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The South Outlet Channel Recreation Area offers a unique trail experience.  The Swinging Bridge Nature Trail is a self-guided trail that includes an old section of the Coldwater Riverprior to the construction of the dam.  The Coldwater Riverwas once flowing through this very trail area!  Please enjoy a walk through this historic trail and learn about the history of the Arkabutla community or how the Corps of Engineers redirected the Coldwater River. Maybe you would like to learn how to identify native plants and wildlife, or just enjoy the tranquility of the trail’s azalea garden.  Information panels are placed throughout the trail to help guide you along your walk.


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