City of Jackson Recreation & Parks: Cypress Grove Classes


Effective Sun., March 10, 2019:  

Cypress Grove Nature Park is now open at our SPRING/SUMMER hours of operation: 

8:00am until 7:00pm

Daily hours: 8:00am until 7:00pm Spring/Summer;  8:00am until 5:00pm Fall/Winter.  Open 7 days a week and Holidays. 


*  Please Note:  Cypress Grove is located in the FLOOD plain of the Forked Deer River, and may be forced to close occasionaly due to flooding.   Please call or text our emergency number at 731-616-5791 for updates if there is flooding occuring in West TN.


* Pet Owners Please Note: 
Pets are not allowed on the boardwalk at Cypress Grove Nature Park. 
They are welcome on leash in any grassy or wooded areas off the boardwalk.


Cypress Grove Nature Park is owned and operated by the City of Jackson - Recreation & Parks Department.  There is no charge for admission.




Cypress Grove is a preserve for indigenous wildlife, waterfowl, plants and trees. Just minutes from downtown Jackson and easily accessible from Interstate 40, the Park annually attracts tens of thousands of visitors. It offers over a mile of winding, elevated boardwalk through a cypress forest. The Park’s features include: Rockwell Observation Tower, 25 acre Wood Duck Lake, Killdeer Pond, and the Aerie Trail Raptor Center.



A sanctuary for injured hawks, eagles, owls and other birds of prey, the Raptor Center is also an educational facility. The Park regularly offers educational classes and programs on nature, wildlife and ecology.

In addition to education and preservation, Cypress Grove Nature Park is a favorite location to walk, fish or simply enjoy the serenity of the cypress forest. Gazebos and benches along the walkway provide quiet spots to rest and observe nature. Visitors may spot ducks, heron, beaver, deer or any of the waterfowl or wildlife that make the park their home.

Cypress Grove Nature Park is located on West Airways Blvd. (Hwy. 70 west) in Jackson, TN and is open seven days a week, 7:30am until dusk. Facilities include a picnic pavilion and restrooms. Group tours are available by appointment. Admission to the park is free.

Contact us: 731-425-8316 (Mon-Fri)

or e-mail: smacdiarmid@cityofjackson.net

Links and Downloads:

Cypress Grove Nature Park Brochure

Map of the park and driving directions

Environmental Science Information: https://www.environmentalscience.org/




To Register for programs at Cypress Grove, click on "Activities" , then "Classes and Programs".

Note: Advance reservations are required for ALL Cypress Grove programs & classes. Deadline for registration is generally three  days before the event. If a minimum number of participants have not registered by the deadline, the program may be canceled.


Cypress Grove Scout Badge and Home School Workshops

Schedule a workshop or special program for your group.  Workshops available in Geology, Astronomy, Outdoors Skills, Endangered Species and Wildlife, Forestry, Nature, etc.  Contact Sandy MacDiarmid at 425-8316 to schedule a workshop for your group.


NEW!  Cypress Grove Nature Studies Classroom

Our new Nature Studies Classroom is now available for group meetings, classes and workshops...rain or shine!  Reservations required.  Contact Sandy MacDiarmid at 425-8316 for more information.


Advance Reservations are Required for all group tours, special Scout Programs, etc.  At least a 2-week advance notice is required.   

Call Sandy MacDiarmid at 731-425-8316 to schedule your troop, or group.



Gates locked 5:00 pm in Fall/Winter

& 7:00 pm in Spring/Summer


PHONE: 731-425-8399
FAX: 731-422-7013
EMAIL: clyons@cityofjackson.net
Jackson Recreation & Parks Department - Main Office
180 Conalco Drive
Jackson, TN 38301
Weather Line:
Soccer: 731-265-1855
Softball: 731-265-1865
PHONE: 731-425-8386
FAX: 731-425-8619
EMAIL: register@cityofjackson.net
Registration Office
3 Westwood Garden Drive
Jackson, TN 38301
Tony Black
Executive Director of Recreation & Parks
Email: tblack@cityofjackson.net
Phone: (731) 425-8203
Sandy MacDiarmid
Superintendent of Recreation
Email: smacdiarmid@cityofjackson.net
Phone: (731) 425-8316
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