County Road 11: Clarkco State Park

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CLARKE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) -- Clarkco State Park near Quitman was one of 800 parks built in the U.S. during the depression in the 1930s.

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It was part of President Roosevelt's "New Deal" program designed to provide jobs to thousands of Americans. It's featured on County Road 11.

Clarkco State Park is named for Clarke County and is one of the original state parks developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps or CCC. Construction on the park by the men of the CCC started in 1934. It was completed and opened in 1938.

"The guys that came in here and built this park, they laid out something, they laid out something that people need to come and see as far as how it's laid out," said Tony Fleming, the park manager. "What they did back in those days as far as to put this park together, we've got something to be proud of."

Sunday will be a special day at Clarkco as many will gather to celebrate 80 years of providing a great outdoors experience to several generations

"We're going to reflect on history and all that," said Fleming. As far as you know, this park has a lot of history here from the cabins they built back in the days to the pavilions that we use every day here."

There are many amenities at Clarkco for guest to enjoy such as tennis courts, a playground, picnic sites and pavilions. Lake Ivy is a popular attraction, providing a place for guests to enjoy a variety of activities like swimming, skiing and fishing.

"You've got different groups coming in," said Fleming. "This park is a gem. When you get in here, I tell everybody when they call and make a reservation and they say 'I've never been here,' I say once you come you'll be back."

Clarkco State Park in Quitman, a gem right here in our own backyard. Beautiful, scenic and giving visitors a chance to step back in time and appreciate extraordinary craftsmanship and history.

The celebration at Clarkco is scheduled for Sunday, September 13th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, you can call 601-776-6651 or visit the website: www.stateparks.com/clarkco