Flat Rock State Natural Area is a lesser used trail and offers a beautiful example of middle Tennessee cedar glades and barrens. The wooded sections, meadows, and contrastingly stark rocky areas yield their own unique variety of what are often specifically adapted wildflower species.
The loop trail is relatively flat with a few gentle inclines. The first segment is rocky and others may be wet or muddy so hiking shoes or boots are recommended. Register with Mark for meetup location, details, and updates.
Alternate date for inclement weather: Sunday, May 16.
This unique natural area offers a huge variety of spring ephemeral wildflowers and even the roadsides along the way offer their own displays. The out and back trail at Washmorgan follows a stream bed to a lovely waterfall. Hikers will have an option to continue on to a second trail on private land. We’ll travel at a pace that allows us to appreciate the natural beauty around us.
Depending on water levels the trail can involve numerous shallow crossings, so you’re encouraged to wear or bring water shoes. Bring plenty of water and snacks and pack a lunch. TTA members only. Register with Mark for meetup location, details, and updates.
Alternate date for inclement weather: Sunday, May 2.
Bowie Nature Park is in Fairview, TN. Easy. 4 mile loop. Joint hike with the Columbia Franklin Chapter. This trail encompasses several short scenic trails of the park touring four of the preserve’s lakes, with opportunities for a longer hike if desired. This is a water and wildlife-lovers walk and wildflowers should be abundant. Contact Libby Francis, 615-319-7501 or email@example.com to register for this hike. We will find a picnic shelter for lunch after the hike.
Easy to moderate for length. 2-1/2, 4-3/4, or 6 miles.
Westmoreland and Lafayette, TN
Privately owned by The Nature Conservancy and managed by the state of Tennessee, Taylor Hollow in Sumner County boasts a spectacular abundance of spring ephemeral wildflowers including the beautiful Blue-Eyed Mary, listed as endangered in Tennessee. This state natural area is closed to regular public visitation, but we’ve been given permission to conduct this hike. We’ll take our time and enjoy the amazing sights around us.
Hikers who want to get in a few more miles will head up the road for an additional 1.2 or 3.3 more strenuous miles at Winding Stairs.
Bring water and snacks; you’re definitely encouraged to bring your camera. Group size is limited for the Taylor Hollow portion; register with Mark for meetup location, details, and updates.
Alternate date for inclement weather: Thursday, April 22.