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2015 Calendar

We invite you to join us as we seek out unique ecosystems, rare plants, and surround ourselves with the beauty of nature, with multiple opportunities this year to explore Big Swan Headwaters Preserve. 

Most of our outings are around water, so we encourage you to wear shoes appropriate for creek crossings; you may also want to bring a snack, water, sunscreen, a walking stick, and bug repellent. It helps us to know how many people to expect and who is on our list before departing, so please contact us to RSVP at 931-964-4402 or email foreverwild@swantrust.org.

Big Swan Headwaters Preserve
Join us for a winter hike on the Preserve with members of the Tennessee Trails Association. We'll hike to Green Pond, an upland vernal pool, important for amphibian breeding. Then we'll journey on to the rarely-visited Julian Falls, a beautiful little drop falls in Tom Wright Hollow.
Directions to The Farm Community

Saturday, March 14
Meeting Time: 1 PM
at The Farm Store

Discover Big Swan Headwaters Preserve Day
Spring is the most beautiful time to hike the Preserve. Come see for yourself this beautiful land with its variety of wildflowers, pristine streams, numerous wetlandscascades, and waterfalls. Bring a walking stick if you have one, and be prepared for creek crossings. A fundraiser dinner and music will follow. 
Directions to The Farm Community

Saturday, April 18
Meeting Time: 1 PM
at The Farm Store
Stillhouse Hollow Falls
Join Swan Trust and Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation to hike the improved trail to this 75-foot to this remarkable waterfall, north of Summertown on Hwy 43. There is an optional second trail to an overlook of the Big Bigby Creek valley.
Saturday, April 25
Meeting Time: 10 AM
at natural area parking lot

Big Swan Headwaters Preserve
A hike in conjunction with the Cumberland River Compact, an organization dedicated to the improvement of the quality of water in the Cumberland River Basin, and our partner in honoring the legacy of naturalist and botanist Bob Brown. Bring snacks, water, bug repellent, and a walking stick if you have one. Be prepared for creek crossings.
Directions to The Farm Community

Saturday, May 30
Meeting Time: 10 AM
at The Farm Welcome Center

Little Grinder’s Creek Registered State Natural Area
Cool off at Little Grinders Creek and surrounding woodlands.  There are two beautiful waterfalls and three rare plants – Tennessee yellow-eyed grass, Eggert’s sunflower, and Grass-of-Parnassus – and a rare community type called the Highland Rim Calcareous Seeps. Bring a walking stick if you have one, and be prepared for wet feet.

Sunday, June 13
Meeting time: 1:00 PM
at J&C Grocery on Hwy 20, west of Summertown

7th Annual Buffalo River Canoe Trip
If you truly love getting away from it all, you can’t get much further than a float on the Buffalo River. We will caravan to Crazy Horse Canoe Rental near Waynesboro and spend approximately 4 hours on the river. Bring plenty of food, drinks, and any personal items you may need.

Sunday, July 19
Meet at 10:00 AM
at J&C Grocery on Hwy 20, west of Summertown.

Devil’s Backbone State Natural Area Trail
A joint hike with the Tennessee Natural Areas Program. The 3-mile trail traverses a 200-foot elevation change from dry, upland forest down into moist, lowland forest.  We will learn about several forest community types that are represented in this natural area from Allan Trentley, Stewardship Ecologist, with the Natural Areas Program and co-leader Bart Jones, of the  Tennessee Native Plant Society. Reservations required for this hike.  Bring lunch.

Saturday, August 8
Meeting Time: 10 AM
at the parking area approximately 3 miles north of the entrance to Natchez Trace Parkway from Hwy 412.

Auntney Hollow State Natural Area
Joint hike with the Natural Areas Program. Enjoy a 3-hour hike and creek walk in a tributary of Little Swan Creek and surrounding woodlands. The site is a rare community type called the Highland Rim Calcareous Seeps withfour State and Federal-listed . Led by Allan Trently and Andrea Bishop of the Tennessee Natural Areas Program. Be prepared to get wet feet, bring snacks, and water. Reservations required.

Saturday, September, 12
Meeting Time: 10:30 AM
at the Meriwether Lewis Monument on the Natchez Trace Parkway, at the junction of State Route 20 and the Parkway, southeast of Hohenwald. Parking area next to the historic cabin.

Invasive Plant Removal at Big Swan Headwaters Preserve
Help us pull Japanese Stiltgrass, an invasive grass that is degrading native wildflower habitat alongside our creeks. Bring a 5-gallon bucket, lunch, water, and be prepared for creek crossings.  We will supply gloves and plastic bags.

Saturday, October 10
Meeting Time:  10:00 am
at The Farm Store

Cheeks Bend on the Duck River
An easy 3-mile hike along the Duck River. Although the hiking conditions are moderate, attendees need to have a fitness level to hike for approximately 2 hours at a steady pace. Dress in layers, bring water, snacks, and wear sturdy shoes or boots.

Saturday, November 14
Meeting time: 9:30 AM
at the parking area on Cheeks Bend road east of I-65 at 9:30

From I-65 exit to highway 412/99 and head west approximately one mile and
turn left on Rock Springs Road; go approximately four miles to Sowell Mill Pike and turn left;
go approximately three miles and turn right on Cheeks Bend Road. 

or meet at the Target parking area at Old Hickory Blvd. and I-65 in Brentwood at 8:30 to carpooland caravan from there.


Big Swan Headwaters Preserve is a 1475 acre tract with extensive hardwood forest
and over 4 miles of pristine streams, abundant springs and small waterfalls.


Lizard's Tail Fire Pink
Wildflowers of Big Swan Headwaters Preserve


Stay tuned to the web site for additional outings or potential changes to any of the above! Thanks!  

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