Distance: 1.2-mile loop
Coordinates: 35.957551 -83.537505
Trotter Bluff Small Wild Area was set aside by TVA to preserve the large limestone sinkholes that provide a unique environment for amphibians and wildflowers, making this a great trail for nature lovers. Along the trail are artifacts discarded after construction of Douglas Dam as well as ancient chestnut stumps. Young bald eagles have been observed in the tailwaters below the dam learning how to fish. This trail is located on the Douglas Dam Reservation near the entrance to the headwater campground about 30 miles east of Knoxville, Tenn. Take I-40 to exit 407, then south on Hwy. 66.
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