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Location: Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, At Tennessee NWR, N of Big Sandy
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This 1.1 mile loop trail features easy hiking for all visitors. The loop trail is fully restored in 2008 with new benches, bridges and all new rock. The trail is fully interpreted and winds through many types of habitats focusing on a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities. The hiker will also have a brush with the past as the trail goes through an old gristmill and homestead site. Close by the trail is Bennett's Creek Observation deck with excellent winter views of bald eagles and waterfowl, Pace Point - one of the top ten birding spots in the state, and Mt. Zion Church - a historic 1850's era church.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 1981
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TN NW Refuge
P.O. Box 849
Paris , TN 38242
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Chickasaw Nature Trail is located within the Big Sandy Unit of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge on a peninsula that juts into Kentucky Lake. At the refuge entrance, you can pick up the “Back to the Old 23rd Auto Tour” brochure that guides visitors on a driving tour of the community that thrived here before acquisition of the land in the 1940s during construction of Kentucky Dam, using pictures of homesteads and other structures that once stood here. Stop #10 is the Chickasaw Nature Trail with a parking lot provided for access to the trail. It is an easy loop trail (1.5 miles round trip) that winds through a reforested portion of an old home site and gristmill with interpretive signage . There is a wildlife observation deck and other scenic and historic points close by. Another stop on the driving tour includes an historic church and cemetery, which is the only structure remaining in the area. This unit is in a less visited portion of the refuge, so it’s nicely quiet and secluded and worth taking a day trip to explore further. As the area is a national wildlife refuge to provide protected habitat for waterfowl and other animals, there are special visitor guidelines in place to avoid disturbing wildlife. The area is only open during daylight hours and the trail may be closed during specific hunting seasons. It is recommended to contact the visitor center before heading out on the trail to plan ahead and prepare for your visit.
September 18, 2019
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