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2014 Calendar

We invite you to join us as we seek out unique ecosystems, rare plants, and surround ourselves with the beauty of nature. This year’s outings not only feature Big Swan Headwaters Preserve, but also the Natchez Trace Parkway as it traverses Tennessee’s Western Highland Rim.  Go to www.nps.gov/natr for a map of stops on the parkway. 

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.

Discover Big Swan Headwaters Preserve
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 wetlands and small waterfalls. A fundraiser dinner and music will follow. 
Directions to The Farm Community

Saturday, April 19
Meeting Time: 1 PM
at The Farm Store

Waterfalls and Wildflowers on The Trace
Fall Hollow Falls and Jackson Falls are about 8 miles apart.  The variety of spring wildflowers is outstanding at both places, changing as you descend in elevation from the top to the bottom of the falls.


Saturday, May 3
Meeting Time: 1:00 pm
at the parking lot of Fall Hollow Falls, less than one mile north of the entrance to Natchez Trace Parkway from Hwy 412 in Lewis County.

Davy Crockett State Park Nature Trail
From Crockett Falls, along Shoal Creek, we’ll explore the forests of the park from the moist bottomlands to the cliff overlooks and the dry ridgetops where the Trail of Tears crosses our route. Enjoy a meal at the park restaurant when we return, if you like.

Sunday, June 8
Meeting Time:  1:00 pm 
at the park restaurant parking lot.  Look for our sign “Swan Trust Hikers”!

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.

Aug. 17
Meet at 10:00 AM
at J&C Grocery on Hwy 20, west of Summertown.

Meriwether Lewis National Park
Another stop on the Natchez Trace at Hwy 20 in Lewis County, this lovely trail begins at the grave and monument to Meriwether Lewis and traverses 3.5 miles along Little Swan Creek and two small tributaries.  We will visit a restoration site of Tennessee Yellow-eyed Grass (Xyris tennesseensis), a federal-endangered plant that will be blooming.  

Sept. 21
Meeting Time: 1 PM
at the parking area next to the cabin at Meriwether Lewis National Park

Devil’s Backbone State Natural Area Trail
A joint hike with the TN State 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.  Reservations required for this hike.  Bring lunch.

Oct. 11
Meeting Time: 9:30 AM
at the parking area approximately 3 miles north of the entrance to Natchez Trace Parkway from Hwy 412.

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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P.O. Box 162
Summertown, TN 38483


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