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TENNESSEE WILDLIFE VIEWING TRAIL » East Tennessee
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Natural Bridge State Natural Area

Site Directions: Natural Bridge is located south of Sewanee. The natural area is accessed via Highway Alt. 41. In Sewanee turn south onto Hwy 56 and proceed 2.5 miles to Natural Bridge Road. Turn left onto Natural Bridge Road and proceed one-half mile to the parking area.
Lat: 35.15397°N Long: -85.92169°W
Hours: daylight hours
Seasonality: year round
Fees: none

Site Description: Natural Bridge is a three-acre natural area located in Franklin County. Natural Bridge is a 25-foot-high natural sandstone arch with a span of 50 feet that provides a scenic overlook of Lost Cove. There is a wet weather spring associated with a rock house located behind the natural bridge. The spring probably contributed to the formation of the arch. Lost Cove is a large karst formation on the dissected section of the Cumberland Plateau. The site also has been referred as Sewanee Natural Bridge since the University of the South in Sewanee once owned it. The natural area is a part of the South Cumberland Recreation Area. The Natural Bridge is a very short walk from the parking area. However, it is an unmanned area, so please take your valuables with you and do not leave them in the car.

Consider visiting other relatively close sites including Bear Hollow Mountain WMA and the Walls of Jericho State Natural Area.

Wildlife to Watch: Although the site is small, general forest birding is good year round, but best in spring and summer.

For more information:

State Natural Area web page

Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau Nature Trail


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Be sure to check out our Safety Tips page for important information regarding viewing wildlife in these areas.