Hatchie National Wildlife Preserve
6772 Hwy 76 S, Stanton, TN

The Hatchie River, a 238-mile-long tributary of the Mississippi, runs from northern Mississippi into southwest Tennessee. It is the only major river in West Tennessee never impounded, channelized, or modified by human activity. Little has changed over the last millennium on the Hatchie.  The river’s ecosystem is a complex interconnected ecological system encompassing bottomland hardwood forests, canebrakes, swamps, sloughs, rivers and lakes.  More than 100 species of fish and 35 species of mussels live within the Hatchie habitat. Other wildlife found along the river includes turtles, river otters, beavers, and deer.

During the 19th century, small, shallow-hulled steamboats moved people, goods and cotton up and down the Hatchie. The Native, a 104-ton steamboat, was built by local businessmen in nearby Bolivar.  They hoped to capture the cotton trade on the river.  In 1856, the river was said to be navigable 75 miles above its mouth.  Eight steamboats made trips along the river during cotton season.  Even in lower water, shallow-hulled steamboats could still navigate the river.

Memphis-Bristol Highway