Hit the Trails

Get out into nature and enjoy autumn splendor in the Tennessee Valley on Take a Hike Day.

Take a Hike Day—it's an annual excuse to get out of the office (or house) and out into nature. You’ll find plenty of trails on TVA-managed lands throughout the Tennessee Valley. In fact, we offer 170 miles of them—short and long, flat and steep, easy and challenging. There’s something for everyone, as you can see on our TVA Trails page.

We are proud of them all, but here are three of our staff favorites; each offers a unique twist to make the day memorable.

Cave Mountain Trail on Wheeler Reservoir

This 1.4-mile moderately challenging trail through the Cave Mountain Small Wild area takes you past a historic cave that was used during the Civil War to mine saltpeter, a base ingredient of gunpowder. Take a camera to capture the last of the gorgeous fall color.

Johnson Ridge Trail on Cherokee Reservoir

This easy 1-7 mile trail through the Johnson Ridge Small Wild Area affords views of various habitats—hardwoods, wetlands and pine-oak forest. A number of scenic overlooks along the trail offer views of woods and rivers; look for wild turkeys and white-tailed deer.

Lady’s Bluff Trail on Kentucky Reservoir

Gnarled old cedars, limestone outcrops, sinkholes and spectacular views of the state migratory wildlife refuge on the opposite shore make this 2.6-mile hike especially rewarding. In the fall, the wildlife refuge becomes a landing strip for migrating ducks and geese. The trail follows along a gentle to moderately steep grade as it winds through the forest to an overlook; stone steps are provided in steep areas, and footbridges span two stream crossings.

Happy hiking!