Hiking Resource Library

FEDERAL RESOURCES

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Flood Risk Management Program
The purpose of the Corps of Engineers' flood risk management program is to help prevent or reduce flood risk by using either structural or non-structural means or a combination of the two. Non-structural measures reduce flood damages without significantly altering the nature or extent of the flooding by changing the use of floodplains or by accommodating existing uses to the flood hazard. Non-structural measures include modifying homes, businesses, and other facilities to reduce flood damages by elevating the structure or removing them from the floodplain. Remaining land can be used for ecosystem restoration, outdoor recreation, or natural open space. Flood warning systems are also considered non-structural measures.

This program is within the broader Investigation Program, and initial Investigation Program steps must be completed before it can be initiated. 

See also: Investigation Program 

Tags: Restoration, Research, Flooding, Flood Buyouts, Recreation, Planning

Reservoir Information
Information for all Corps lakes within the basin. Each lake page includes: basic facts and information about the lake, the various recreation opportunities, maps, helpful links, daily fishing reports, points of interest around the lake, and important news and announcements.

Tags: Dams, Reservoirs, Recreation

Trails at Corps Projects in Basin

Tags: Recreation


U.S. Forest Service
Daniel Boone National Forest Website
A website hosting a variety of information about the Daniel Boone National Forest — a National Forest that embraces some of the most rugged terrain west of the Appalachian Mountains. Steep forested slopes, sandstone cliffs and narrow ravines characterize the land.

Tags: Recreation, Website

Forest Service Visitor Map 2.0
 The Forest Service's Visitor Map 2.0, provides the public with an interactive online view of the Nation's Forest Service roads, trails, recreation sites, wilderness areas, and wild & scenic rivers.  The map can be used on personal computers, smart phones or tablet devices through any modern web browser.

Tags: Maps and Tools, Recreation

Forest Service Geodata Clearinghouse
The USDA Forest Service Geodata Clearinghouse is an online collection of digital data related to forest resources. Through the Clearinghouse you can find datasets related to forests and grasslands, including boundaries and ownership, natural resources, roads and trails, as well as datasets related to State and private forested areas, including insect and disease threat and surface water importance. You can also find downloadable map products, raster data, and links to other sources of forest resource information.

Tags: Data, Maps and Tools, Forests, Conservation, Recreation, Land Cover

Jefferson National Forest Website
A website hosting a variety of information about the Jefferson National Forest. A small portion of the Jefferson National Forest is within the Cumberland River Basin. 

Tags: Recreation, Website

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area Website
A website with a variety of information about Land Between the Lakes. Key pages include those for campingboating and rampsfishinghuntingswimmingtrails, and more.  

Tags: Websites, Recreation

Laurel River Lake Website - Daniel Boone National Forest
Information regarding Laurel River Lake campgrounds, boat ramps, marinas, fees, fishing, swimming, scuba diving and more. 

See also: Daniel Boone National Forest Website

Tags: Recreation, Camping, Boating, Fishing, Swimming, Ecotourism

Maps - Land Between the Lakes
A variety of maps in pdf format showing campgrounds, trails, recreational amenities and more. A recreation map of the recreation areas northern region is here and a recreation map of it's southern region is here

See also: Land Between the Lakes

Tags: Recreation, Camping, Hiking, Maps

Natural Happenings at Land Between the Lakes
A calendar of natural events at the recreation area including water related happenings such as chorus frog singing, sandhill crane and pelican migrations, catfish fry leaving their nests and more.  

Tags: Ecotourism, Recreation, Natural Calendar

Recreation Map - Daniel Boone National Forest
The Daniel Boone National Forest offers an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. This interactive recreation map can help you find places to fish, paddle, swim, camp, and more. 

Tags: Recreation, Fishing, Swimming, Paddling, Boating, Camping, Maps and Tools

Special Use Permitting - Daniel Boone National Forest
Commercial outfitters, guides and groups of 70 people or more must obtain a Special Use Permit prior to hosting an event.

See also: Daniel Boone National Forest

Tags: Recreation, Permits, Ecotourism

Stearns Ranger District Website - Daniel Boone National Forest
Website with resources and recreational opportunity information for the Stearns Ranger District within the Daniel Boone National Forest. 

See also: Daniel Boone National Forest Website

Tags: Recreation, Website

Waterfalls of the Daniel Boone National Forest
This webpage has directions to some of Daniel Boone National Forests most scenic waterfalls. All of the waterfalls in the London and Stearns Ranger Districts are within the Cumberland River Basin. 

Tags: Recreation, Waterfalls, Hiking, Ecotourism


U.S. National Park Service
Find a Park Tool
This tool enables you to find National Parks by state. Both Kentucky and Tennessee have their own state pages, as well. 

Tags: Maps and Tools, Recreation

Outfitters and Guide Services - Big South Fork
A list of outfitters and guides that operate within the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. 

See also: Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Website

Tags: Recreation, Camping and Lodging, Paddling, Hiking

Recreation.gov
Recreation.gov is your one-stop shop for trip planning, information sharing and reservations brought to you by 12 federal participating partners. This site provides interactive maps to help you reserve campsites, obtain hiking information, go paddling or motor-boating, find a cabin, go fishing, and more. 

Tags: Maps and Tools, Recreation

 

STATE RESOURCES - KY

KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Wildlife Management Areas / Public Hunting Areas
A webpage with WMAs and other hunting area information, as well as a Google Map with hunting areas across Kentucky. 

See also: Wildlife Management Areas Website

Tags: Hunting, Maps and Tools, Recreation

Wildlife Management Area & Public Lands Search
Looking for a place to hunt, fish, or hike? This interactive map will help you find out where you can do this in KY. Select a county or click on the icons below to narrow down your results.

See also: Wildlife Management Areas Website

Tags: Maps and Tools, Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Recreation

Wildlife Management Areas Website
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife owns, leases or manages more than 80 wildlife management areas (WMAs) for public use. This webpage contains area general information, guidelines, quick reference regulations charts, permitting information, and more.

Tags: Hunting, Recreation


KY Division of Forestry
Kentenia State Forest Website

Kentenia is the oldest state-owned forest, acquired in 1919 as a gift from the Kentenia-Cantron Corp. It is located in Harlan County along the south side of Pine Mountain in seven scattered tracts totaling 4,081 acres. The forest is open to the public for hunting and fishing and subject to state fish and game regulations. Primitive camping, hiking, picnicking and horseback riding are also permitted. All off-road vehicles, including ATVs, are prohibited. Click following link for a map of Kentenia State Forest

Tags: Forests, Recreation, Maps

Kentucky Ridge State Forest Website
Kentucky Ridge State Forest consists of 15,251 acres. The forest is open to public hunting and fishing, subject to state fish and game regulations, and is available for primitive camping, hiking, picnicking and horseback riding.  All off-road vehicles, including ATVs are prohibited. Click the following link for a map of Kentucky Ridge State Forest.

Tags: Forests, Recreation, Maps

Marrowbone State Forest Website
Marrowbone State Forest and Wildlife Management Area is a 1,983-acre tract of land located on Highway 90 in Metcalfe and Cumberland counties. Marrowbone State Forest is open to the public for day use only unless hunting regulations specify extended hours. Allowable activities include regulated hunting, hiking and wildlife viewing. Off-road vehicles, including ATVs and horseback riding is prohibited.

Tags: Recreation, Forests, Forestland

State Forests
The KY Division of Forestry owns and manages 10 state forests, including 3 in the Cumberland River Basin: KenteniaKentucky Ridge, and Marrowbone state forests. 

See also: Kentenia State Forest Website, Kentucky Ridge State Forest Website, Marrowbone State Forest Website

Tags: Recreation, Forests, Forestland
 


KY State Nature Preserves Commission
State Nature Preserves
There are 14 State Nature Preserves (SNP) in the KY portion of the Cumberland River Basin. Natural Areas are protected not only to preserve KY's natural heritage, but also in recognition of the dependence of KY's well-being on healthy ecosystems. Click here for a map of preserves across Kentucky. State Natural Areas in the basin are: Bissell Bluff SNPJohn B. Stephenson Memorial Forest SNPFrances Johnson Palk SNP, Archer-Benge SNP, Pine Mountain SNPCumberland Falls SNPMartins Fork SNPBlanton Forest SNPStone Mountain SNPJames E. Bickford SNPE. Lucy Braun SNPHi Lewis Pine Barrens SNPKingdom Come SNP, and Bad Branch SNP

Tags: Recreation, Conservation, Biodiversity, Aquatic Biology, Research, Natural Heritage


KY State Parks
Cumberland Falls State Park Website
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Known as the "Niagara of the South," the waterfall forms a 125-foot-wide curtain that plunges 7 stories into a boulder-strewn gorge. The mist of the falls creates the magic of the moonbow, only visible on a clear night during a full moon.This phenomenon appears nowhere else in the Western Hemisphere.

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Fishing, Camping

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park Website
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park offers a vast, unspoiled wilderness to refresh and rejuvenate the senses. It's no surprise the bald eagle chooses this area for its wintering grounds. From a dip in the pool to our 18 holes on the Dale Hollow Lake golf course, for vacation fun, they've got you covered. 

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Fishing, Motorboating, Camping

Find a Park Tool
A web tool for finding a state parks by region, lodging options, features and activities. 

Tags: Recreation, Maps and Tools, Ecotourism

General Burnside State Park Website
The damming of the Cumberland River in the 1950s, producing Lake Cumberland, also covered the lower peninsula of Burnside, creating the island that is now General Burnside Island State Park. It has the distinction of being the only island park in the Kentucky State Park system. The park was named for the sideburn-whiskered Civil War general Ambrose Burnside.

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Fishing, Motor Boating, Camping

Hiking at KY State Parks
A list of parks across Kentucky with options for hikers. Parks in the Cumberland River Basin include Cumberland Falls, Dale Hollow, Kingdom Come, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland, Pine Mountain State Park, and Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail. 

Tags: Recreation, Hiking, Maps and Tools, Ecotourism

Kingdom Come State Park Website
Kingdom Come State Park, with an elevation of 2,700 feet, is the crowning jewel in the crest of Pine Mountain near Cumberland, Kentucky. Admire the beautiful views from one of eight overlooks, hike a trail or fish for bass, crappie and trout in the lake.

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Fishing, Hiking, Paddling

Lake Barkley State Resort Park Website
Lake Barkley State Resort Park rests on the shores of one of the world's largest man-made lakes, over 57,500 acres, and provides an array of outdoor and indoor activities. From a cool dip in the swimming pool to a hot sauna, from reeling in the big fish to hitting the little white ball, however you define vacation fun, it's here at Lake Barkley. 

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Fishing, Motor Boating, Camping

Lake Cumberland State Park Website
With 1,200 miles of shoreline, an enchanting waterfall, and secret coves, you could spend a day or weeks exploring the wonders of Lake Cumberland. Lake Cumberland is a paradise for the water sports enthusiast and offers a full-service marina.

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Fishing, Motor Boating, Camping

Mineral Mound State Park Website
This peaceful setting, just south of Eddyville, Kentucky, on the shores of Lake Barkley is historically linked to the author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The featured property was once the farm of Willis B. Machen, grandfather of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. It’s not hard to imagine the serene, Gatsby-style era from this park, with idyllic days of playing golf and cruising the lake.

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Fishing, Motor Boating

Pine Mountain State Resort Park Website
Pine Mountain State Resort Park is a destination for all seasons. It's located in the heart of the Kentucky Ridge State Forest in the southeastern mountains and features beautiful mountain scenery. From a cool dip in the pool to a hike to see Chained Rock,however you define vacation fun,Pine Mountain State Resort Park has you covered.

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Hiking

Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail
The Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail is a linear state park still under development. Once completed, the long distance trail designed for primitive camping, backpacking and hiking, will span approximately 120 miles from Breaks Inter­state Park to Cumberland Gap National Historic Park and pass through many natural areas such as Bad Branch State Nature Preserve, Kingdom Come State Park and Blanton Forest along the Pine Mountain range.

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Hiking, Camping

 

STATE RESOURCES - TN

TN Department of Tourism Development
TN Waterfalls and Grottos
Information about waterfalls and grottos across Tennessee. Highlighted locations within the Cumberland River Basin include Burgess Falls State ParkCane Creek FallsColditz Cave State Natural AreaCummins Falls State ParkEdgar Evins State ParkFall Creek Falls State ParkHighland RimNashville TracePickett State ParkRock Island State ParkSavage Gulf State Natural AreaSouth Cumberland State Park, and Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness.

Tags: Recreation, Waterfalls, Ecotourism
 

TN Land Management and GIS
Recreation Atlas
This 2008 static map shows and lists public lands across the state of Tennessee. 

Tags: Maps, Recreation


TN State Parks
Online Reservations Tool
A tool for reserving campsites, cabins and inns or picnic shelters and pavilions.

Tags: Recreation, Camping, Cabins, Maps and Tools, Reservations

Park Trail Maps
This page provides links to the trail maps TN State Parks provides, organized by park. They have free and paid options that provide you the details you need to have your next great adventure in Tennessee. 

Tags: Recreation, Maps, Hiking

Tennessee’s Wild Side
Tennessee’s Wild Side is an outdoor adventure show designed and developed for viewing by the whole family. Supported by the Tennessee State Parks and Produced by RockWater, LLC, in cooperation with Nashville Public Television, Wild Side is a nine-time regional Emmy Award winning series that has been on the air almost two decades.

TNParkFinder Map
Use this interactive map to explore TN's parks. 

Tags: Maps and Tools, Recreation

Waterfalls
This webpage features a sampling of some of the most popular and scenic waterfalls in Tennessee State Parks. 

Tags: Recreation, Waterfalls, Hiking


TN Department of Environment and Conservation
Greenways 101
This document provides an overview of the process of developing a hard surfaced trail and has photos and illustrations showing a number of greenway trails that have been developed across the state of Tennessee. Additionally, there is budget information and a sample easement used in the acquiring of easements for public access to construct and build the trails.

Tags: Greenways, Recreation, Technical Resource, Conservation, Budgeting, Guides

Land and Water Conservation Funds (LWCF) Grants
The LWCF program provides matching grants to states, and through the state to local governments and state agencies that provide recreation and parks, for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Recreation Educational Services administers the LWCF grants. These grants require a 50% match.

See also: Recreation Education Services Grants

Tags: Grants and Funding, Recreation

Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) Grants
The LPRF program provides state funding for the purchase of land for parks, natural areas, greenways and the purchase of land for recreational facilities. Funds also may be used for trail development and capital projects in parks, natural areas and greenways. Recreation Educational Services administers the LPRF grants. These grants are a 50% match.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Conservation, Greenways, Recreation

Pathways to Trail Building
The intent of this 4th edition of a Tennessee Recreation Trails Manual is to help understand the dynamics of designing and building non-motorized trails. Trail builders will learn the joy of discovering new places and the feelings of accomplishment from walking back over a newly constructed section of trail. This manual is just one of many resources that government agencies and non-government organizations have developed to promote the art and science of trail building. An index of resources can be found at the back of this document. 

Tags: Guides, Trails, Education, Technical Resources

Recreation Educational Services Grants
Recreation Educational Services is responsible for administering federal and state grant programs to local and state governments. 

See also: Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants, the Local Parks and Recreation Fund Grants, Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program, and the Recreation Trails Program

Tags: Grants and Funding , Recreation

Recreation Services Study
A survey was conducted of Parks and Recreation Departments across the State of Tennessee. The results include the services, salaries and inventories of local Parks and Recreation Departments to assist in future planning. 

Tags: Surveys, Planning, Reports, Recreation

Recreation Trails Program (RTP)
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federal funded, state administered grant program. The RTP provides grant funding for land acquisition for trails, trail maintenance, trail construction, trail rehabilitation and for trail head support facilities. These funds are distributed in the form of an 80% grant with a 20% match. Local, state and federal land managing agencies are eligible to apply as well as state chartered, non-profit organizations with IRS 501 (c) (3) status that have a written agreement for trail management with an agency. All grant projects MUST be on publicly owned land. 

See also: Recreation Education Services Grants

Tags: Grants and Funding, Recreation, Hiking, Trails

Tennessee Greenways and Trails Plan (2008)
This Greenways and Trails Plan references numerous locations and organizations that have developed Greenways and Trails in innovative and creative ways. It focuses on the benefits of greenways and trails from economic, personal health, alternative transportation, recreation and environmental protection perspectives. The Plan also has two Appendices which provide additional information on Greenways and Trails. Appendix A is an overview of all types of trails both motorized and non-motorized. Appendix B is a four page list of federal, state, and local government agencies as well as numerous non-profit organizations that can assist with numerous trail related issues. 

Tags: Plans, Planning, Recreation, Greenways, Trails

Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program
The Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program apportions grant money to cities and counties who lack professional parks and recreational director and do not provide a comprehensive recreation delivery system in their community. These grants are a three-year commitment, $50,000 grant matched by the communities. 

See also: Recreation Education Services Grants

Tags: Grants and Funding, Recreation

Trails/Tracks Resource Guide
Trails/Tracks Resource Guide which is a booklet that was developed by a statewide task group of private and public staff that have assisted communities with these type projects across the state of Tennessee. This guide provides online resources and case studies of actual projects that have been built and shows the funding sources used to build them.

Tags: Guides, Trails, Recreation, Technical Resources


TN Division of Natural Areas
List and Map of Natural Areas
The Division of Natural Areas manages 85 Natural Areas across the State. This webpage has a map showing the location of each Natural Area. Click here for pdf of map

Tags: Maps and Tools, Recreation, Biodiversity, Aquatic Biology, Ecotourism

Map of Scenic Rivers
A map of TN State Scenic Rivers in the Cumberland River Basin and across the state. 

See also: TN Scenic Rivers Program Website

Tags: Maps, Recreation, Ecotourism


TN Wildlife Resources Agency
Download Wildlife Management Area Data
The boundaries of TWRA's Wildlife Management Areas are available for download in two different format types: shapefile or KML. Shapefiles are GIS files used with GIS software, such as ArcView 3.x and ArcMap. A KML file can be imported directly into Google Earth.

Tags: Data, GIS, Recreation, Hunting

Wildlife Management Areas Map
An interactive map of Wildlife Management Areas in Tennessee. 

Tags: Recreation, Maps and Tools, Hunting

 

MUNICIPAL RESOURCES

Hendersonville
Greenways and Bike/Pedestrian Trails
Information about greenways and bike/pedestrain trails in Hendersonville.

Tags: Greenways, Recreation, Hiking
 

Brentwood
City of Brentwood Park Locations
An interactive map with park locations, info, and linked park websites for the City of Brentwood.  

Tags: Recreation, Maps

Parks Trails and Greenways
A list of parks, trails, and greenways in the City of Brentwood.

Tags: Recreation, Trails, Greenways
 

Clarksville
List of Parks
A list of city parks and links for more information about these parks in Clarksville.

Tags: Recreation


Franklin
Greenways and Trails
Information about the City's system of greenways and trails. This webpage includes links to a Citywide Greenways and Trails Master Plan, information about the City's Long Range Planning efforts, a listing of parks with trails, and an interactive park and recreation finder map

Tags: Greenways and Trails, Maps and Tools, Plans, Planning, Recreation

Park Information and Locations
Listing of City Parks with links to more information about each park and a link  a listing of parks with trails and an interactive park and recreation finder map

Tags: Recreation, Maps and Tools, Hiking


Nashville
Greenways Interactive Map
The Greenways Interactive Map allows users to let Nashville know how they use greenways, where they think new greenway routes are needed, and where they think new trailheads improve access.  

Tags: Maps, Recreation, Greenways, Public Outreach

Greenway Maps
This page has descriptions and links to maps of Nashville’s greenway, multi-use, paved, trails and a variety of trails within parks (both in alphabetical order). Click on each trail name to link to individual maps.

Tags: Recreation, Maps, Greenways

Greenways Plans and Projects
This page covers planned greenway projects and additions. 

Tags: Recreation, Greenways, On the Horizon, Development

Park Finder Interactive Map
This interactive map allows you to find specific parks or to search for parks by an activity. Water related activities include boating, camping, hiking, nature centers, and more. 

Tags: Maps, Recreation

Park Listing
The Metro Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of facilities and programs throughout Davidson County. Currently, there are over 12,000 acres of open space, including 108 Parks and 19 Greenways.  This webpage provides a listing of Metro Parks. Links are provided when more information about a park is available. 

Tags: Recreation

Park Plans and Projects
A webpage providing information on capital projects and general planning for parks.

Tags: Recreation, Planning

Plan To Play: Countywide Parks and Greenways Master Plan
Plan To Play is a Metro Parks and Recreation-led initiative for a countywide parks and greenways master plan, which will serve as a guide for future investments in and growth of Nashville's park system in the coming decades. The yearlong Plan To Play process includes an inventory of past and current plans, an analysis of programs and facility offerings, a benchmarking of peer cities, and an intensive public input process, including public meetings and surveys. This webpage includes additional information, surveys, a greenways interactive map, a video about the program, and more. 

See also: Greenways Interactive Map

Tags: Greenways, Planning, Plans, Surveys, Maps and Tools, Media, Recreation

 

NGO RESOURCES

Cumberland River Compact
Cumberland River Basin 101
Basic information about the Cumberland River Basin and its watersheds, including interactive maps, water quality stressors, and recreational resources.

Tags: Education, Water Quality, Recreation, Maps, Research
 

Harpeth River Watershed Association
Parks
Information about parks and sites of interest within the watershed. Includes information for people interested in fishing, hiking, picnicking, history and more. 

Tags: Recreation, History, Fishing, Hiking
 

Land Trust for Tennessee
Davidson County Open Space Plan
Nashville’s Open Space Plan, released in 2011, is an ongoing partnership between The Land Trust for Tennessee and the Office of the Mayor focused on protecting open space throughout Davidson County. It is a map for the strategic conservation and creation of green spaces, by both the public and private sectors, to protect the unique landscape of Middle Tennessee. The project includes a variety of opportunities – creating neighborhood parks and gardens, conserving hillsides and private parks, and protecting farms, forests and river corridors outside the urban core. The plan can be downloaded here. 

Tags: Conservation, Planning, Plans, Recreation, Agriculture, Forests, Maps, Prioritization

Mountain Goat Trail
Land Trust for Tennessee is partnering with the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance on a campaign to connect Monteagle and Tracy City via the Mountain Goat Trail over the next three years. The campaign will support land acquisition, grant matching, and other expenses involved in building this important resource for the area. A map of the area of interest is provided on this webpage, as well. 

Tags: Conservation, Hiking, Recreation, Maps
 

The Nature Conservancy - KY
Places We Protect
An interactive map and listing of places The Nature Conservancy protects in Kentucky. Within the Cumberland River Basin, The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky protects or has helped protect Primroy CreekPine Mountain-Mullins Preserve, and Bad Branch State Nature Preserve

Tags: Conservation, Recreation, Biodiversity, Aquatic Biology, Upper Cumberland Watershed


The Nature Conservancy - TN
Habitat Conservation Plan - Natural Resources
An overview of the natural resources of the planning area. These pages contain information about: 1)Relevant best management practices and conservation solutions such as riparian buffers, low impact development, and conservation; 2) Relevant area recreational resources; 3) Area forestsstreams and rivers, and caves and karst; 4) Areabiology 5) Covered species in the HCP; 6) Species stressors.

See also: Habitat Conservation Plan

Tags: Conservation, Maps, Best Management Practices, Riparian Buffers, Low Impact Development, Connectivity, Planning, Plans, Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity, Threatened and Endangered Species, Caney Fork Watershed, Obey River Watershed, Maps, Recreation, Forests, Caves and Karst, Pollution, Threats

Places We Protect
An interactive map and listing of places The Nature Conservancy protects in Tennessee. Within the Cumberland River Basin, The Nature Conservancy protects or has helped protect Gil and Johnston PreserveHubbard's CaveNorth Cumberland WMA and Frozen Head State ParkPogue CreekTaylor Hollow, and Washmorgan Hollow. This site includes a link to a timeline of Tennessee Milestones and an infographic summary of what the organization has accomplished in Tennessee.

See also: Gil and Johnston Preserve, Hubbards Cave, North Cumberland WMA and Frozen Head State Park, Pogue Creek, Taylor Hollow, Washmorgan Hollow

Tags: Conservation, Maps, Recreation, Biodiversity, Aquatic Biology, History
 

Southern Environmental Law Center
Protecting Public Lands on Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau
Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau is renowned for its expansive forests, rich aquatic life, and outstanding outdoor recreation. In years past, surface coal mining left a devastating environmental footprint on the plateau--clear cuts, polluted rivers, and unstable slopes. While parts of the region have shown signs of recovery, the threat of future mountaintop removal and similarly destructive forms of surface mining is ongoing. SELC has been engaged for several years in efforts to protect the Cumberland Plateau from the worst impacts of coal mining.

Tags: Mining, Coal, Energy, Mountaintop Removal, Forests, Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity, Recreation


TN Scenic Rivers Association
TN Landforms
TSRA provides a link to this TN landforms database. Landforms include waterfallssinkholes, and lakes, amongst other features. Over 800 waterfalls are listed. The site notes that some of these landforms are on private property, so get permission before you go check them out. Other formations are difficult to access because they are off-trail.

Tags: Waterfalls, Recreation, Karst and Caves, Maps, Data, Hiking, Paddling