Big Cypress Tree State Park is named for the national champion bald cypress tree that once lived in the park. The tree was the largest bald cypress in the United States and the largest tree of any species east of the Mississippi River. In 1976, during a lightning storm, a strike caused the tree to die after living for more than 1,350 years.
The park is a quaint, clean and relaxing spot to enjoy nature’s purity and beauty. A variety of native wild flowers and trees may be seen such as showy evening primrose, black-eyed Susans, yellow poplar, bald cypress and dogwood. Along with plant life there is an abundance of wildlife at Big Cypress and the park is popular location for birdwatchers. The park hosts several Boy Scout camporees each year as well as individual troop camping trips.
Big Cypress Tree State Park 295 Big Cypress Rd, Greenfield, TN 38230, United States
8:00 AM to Sunset – Summer 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM – Winter
*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 in the park.
Suggested Equipment for Big Cypress Tree State Park:
The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.
The park offers a paved tree identification trail and a long boardwalk trail into the seasonally-flooded hardwood bottomland forest.
Tree Identification Trail: 0.40-miles long. This trail is ADA compliant.
Paved path to Boardwalk: 0.15-mile one-way
Boardwalk: 0.20-mile one-way
The 1,142-foot long boardwalk trail leads the visitor into the park’s seasonally flooded hardwood bottomland forest. The boardwalk trail consists of both boardwalk surfaces and natural surfaces. At the end of the paved portion are some stairs which lead to the natural surface part of the trail. The natural surface portion is not open late winter through early spring (January – April) due to the swampy conditions. The paved portion is ADA compliant.
Picnicking is a popular activity at the park. The peaceful, quiet setting with plenty of shade makes it great for church outings along with family reunions and birthday parties. The largest picnic area can accommodate up to 35 people and is equipped with grills, water and electricity.
A variety of native wildflowers and trees may be seen such as showy evening primrose, black-eyed Susans, yellow poplar, bald cypress, and dogwood. Along with plant life, there is an abundance of wildlife at Big Cypress and the park is a popular location for birdwatchers.
A mini playground is also available for your little ones.
Leave No Trace
Tennessee State Parks are proud community partners of LEAVE NO TRACE CENTER FOR OUTDOOR ETHICS. Everyone is advised to comply with the following:
PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES
DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITOR
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