It is one of the most beautiful natural areas I have ever seen in Mississippi. The boardwalk takes you through a cypress swamp with huge trees that are up to 3,000 years old. They are in the same category in size and age of the giant sequoia and redwood trees of California.
Known evidence of humans in the Sky Lake area goes back 4,000 years. Some of the oldest trees might be nearly 2,000 years old but we don't know for sure because they have become hollow and there are no tree rings to measure their age.
Governor Haley Barbour was the featured speaker at the dedication and credited his wife Marsha with getting him interested in the project. She was there and also spoke.
Later, Barbour told WLBT about the importance of having projects like this one.
"It cost $715,000 to build this boardwalk, which opens to the public November 4th. $571,000 of that money came from the department of wildlife, fisheries and parks, the rest from the department of transportation and many individual sources. The original site was purchased from Mark and Peggy Simmons.
So now you can walk on a boardwalk through a cypress swamp, north of Belzoni where you can see trees that are thousands of years old, up close.
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