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Standing Stone State Park Lake Trail

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April 10 @ 8:00 am 12:00 pm

The Lake Trail is rated easy to moderate with little elevation. It is 4.7 miles in length. We’ll hike around the lake and weave thru some woods seeing an abundance of spring flowers and the dam that was built during the “New Deal” Great Depression era. The elaborate dam was created stone by stone, with the limestone quarried from a hillside clearly visible from the dam. The dam impounds Mill Creek and creates the lake. The hike is a loop hike beginning and ending at the park office. The “Standing Stone” was apparently named for a large stone that some described as a “dog-shaped monolith” originally around 12 feet in height. The stone was important in that it was reported to be the boundary between the two Native American tribes that lived in the area. It was later moved to Monterey, TN. Lots of wildlife are visible during the hike, one of the more interesting being the large gars that you can see in the lake along with great blue herons, kingfishers, wood ducks and other birds. Please meet at the Days Inn on South Walnut in Cookeville at 8:00 a.m. or at the park office at 8:45 a.m. Directions from Cookeville: Take TN 111 north 20 miles to Livingston then take TN 85 for 8 miles to Hilham. turn right on TN 136 which is Standing Stone Hwy. It will carry you right into the park. Or you can take TN 36 (North Dixie) out of Cookeville. This route is shorter but curvier and has nicer scenery. This route crosses the dam and the office is about 1/2 mile up a hill. Please register with Terry by Thursday, April 7 if you plan to hike.

Terry Warren

7315350625

1674 Standing Stone Hwy
Hilham, Tennessee 38568
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