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Ridge Trail

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A trail through a variety of flora that makes up the Pickett State Forest.


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2.5

Miles

4.1

KM

91%

Runnable

1,749' 533 m

High

1,521' 464 m

Low

350' 107 m

Up

358' 109 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers

Description

The trail is easily reached and well marked. The trail begins at the Pickett State Park's parking area for its picnic facilities. First, take the Lake View Trail by finding its trailhead right off of the southwest corner of the parking area for the park's picnic area. Signs clearly mark the trailhead. Follow that trail to the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) bridge across Thompson Creek. The Ridge Trail Trailhead heads east just before that bridge with a sign pointing the way.

The trail follows Thompson Creek and Natural Bridge Creek. This area near the creeks is a forest of rhododendron that is beautiful while in bloom in the spring. After a third of a mile, runners will reach a trail sign giving them the option to run over the bluff or under it. The trail over the bluff gives views of Natural Bridge Creek while under goes alongside natural caves. Many pawpaw trees dot the area under the bluff.

The two trails come back together in a little over a quarter of a mile. The trail then ascends the ridge between Thompson Creek and Natural Bridge Creek. A lush hardwood forest covers the ridge. The trail follows the ridge around and toward Natural Bridge Creek, where it descends and crosses the creek. On the other side of the creek is another ridge where the forest changes from hardwood to a beautiful hemlock woods. The trail goes over the ridge and down the other side. Mountain laurel can be seen all along the trail on both ridges. In .7 miles, the trail comes to the CCC bridge crossing Thompson Creek and completion of the loop. A short run on the Lake View Trail leads back to the parking area.

Flora & Fauna

Hardwoods, rhodedendron, mountain laurel, hemlock, and pawpaw trees.

Contacts

Land Manager: Tennessee State Parks

Shared By:

Charles Pulse

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Photos

Creek crossing on the Lake View Trail.  The CCC did a lot of the work on this park during the Great Depression.
Mar 8, 2016 near Jamestown, TN
Mountain laurel in bloom on the Ridge Trail.
May 16, 2016 near Jamestown, TN
Hidden sandstone arch over Natural Bridge Creek.
May 16, 2016 near Jamestown, TN
The many layers of growth just inside a cave on the Ridge Trail.
May 16, 2016 near Jamestown, TN
One of the many pawpaw trees growing along the Ridge Trail.
May 16, 2016 near Jamestown, TN

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