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Short Springs/Machine Falls Hike

columbia-franklin

April 9 @ 9:00 am

Waterfall with 3 levels in wooded area

Short Springs is one of the very best spring wildflower locations in the state. In the spring, moist slopes are covered in trout lilies, Virginia bluebells, jack-in-the-pulpit, larkspur, and Dutchman’s breeches. The natural area also supports two state-listed endangered plant species, Nestronia (Nestronia umbellula) and broad-leaved bunchflower (Melanthium latifolium).

Short Springs is a 420-acre natural area located in Coffee County approximately three and a half miles northeast of Tullahoma. The natural area provides excellent contrast between the Highland Rim and Central Basin geology and vegetation. When descending along the Machine Falls trail, a visitor can observe exposed black Chattanooga shale at mid-slope, which is a formation that delineates the Central Basin from the Highland Rim.

Marvin Caine

For those in the Columbia/Franklin area, we will meet at Tollgate Medical Center at 7:30 a.m. For those who wish to drive separately, we will meet at the Short Springs trailhead at 9:00 a.m. Please leave contact information with the hike leader in case of inclement weather.

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