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Cow Creek Grade impassable on Hickory Mound

News Release

Friday, July 06, 2012

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

The continued runoff from the rains of Tropical Storm Debby has washed out portions of Cow Creek Grade on the Hickory Mound Unit of Big Bend Wildlife Management Area.  

“Cow Creek Grade is currently impassable,” said David Nicholson, area biologist at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Big Bend Wildlife Field Office in Perry. “The washout is approximately halfway between U.S. Highway 98 and the Hickory Mound Unit.” 

Cow Creek Grade is normally used to access the Hickory Mound Impoundment area, a popular recreational spot. People can now enter and exit the area via County Road 14, which is about 3.75 miles west of Cow Creek Grade on U.S. Highway 98. 

“Go south on County Road 14 toward Econfina River State Park and turn east on Mossy Hammock Road,” Nicholson said. “At the Hickory Mound Unit entrance sign, continue straight onto Martin Grade, past the check station. After making a sharp curve to the south, Martin Grade becomes Coker Road, which goes to the impoundment.” 

As soon as water levels recede, the FWC will be working with Foley Timber and Land Company to make repairs to the road so it’s safe for public travel.

A map of Hickory Mound WMA is available at

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