Distance: 2.6 miles
Coordinates: 35.688261 -88.012921
Limestone outcrops, abundant wildflowers and spectacular views of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge’s Busseltown Unit on the opposite shore make this hike especially rewarding and challenging. In the fall, the wildlife refuge becomes a temporary home for thousands of migrating ducks and geese—bring your binoculars. The trail follows along a gentle to moderate grade as it winds through the forest to an overlook. There are some opportunities to scramble up rock ledges and stone steps. The steeper sections have handrails, which aid in maintaining balance. Footbridges span two stream crossings. If you are a fan of wildflowers this is the place to be in the spring: trout lily, wild ginger and shooting star are just a few you may see. This trail is about 72 miles east of Jackson, Tennessee. Take Hwy. 412 to north on Hwy. 438.
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