Wright Forest Natural Area #1

Wright Forest Natural Area #1

Wright Forest Natural Area is the only known example of an extensive white pine and hemlock pre-settlement forest, which originally covered much of the floor of Shady Valley in Johnson County. The forest is part of a working “century farm,” having been in the same...
Wolf Creek Cypress #33

Wolf Creek Cypress #33

Taxodium distichum In the mid-1700s Reuben Allen built a log house in the mountains of Cocke County that would eventually grow into first the Allen Inn and later the Wolf Creek Inn. The inn became the terminal of the East Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia Railroad in...
Witness Tree of Richland Country Club #23

Witness Tree of Richland Country Club #23

Quercus macrocarpa This stately bur oak has witnessed vast changes in Middle Tennessee, standing just one hundred yards from historical Granny White Pike. Buffalo passed on their way to the Great French Lick in present-day downtown Nashville. Creek, Cherokee, and...
Wildwood Stables Sycamore #22

Wildwood Stables Sycamore #22

Platanus occidentalis This impressive tree stands ninety-four feet tall and sixteen feet in circumference, with a crown spread of 165 feet. It was planted in 1864 from a sprout along nearby Daddy’s Creek near the Thomas Center home site. Center became the first...
Sycamore Valley Overlook Oak #20

Sycamore Valley Overlook Oak #20

Quercus alba Back in 1835 when Samuel Watson established the Sycamore Milling Company with power from nearby Sycamore Creek, this white oak stood on a hill overlooking the mill and village. At its height, more than one hundred families existed around the mill, which...