Laurel-Snow State Natural Area

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Laurel-Snow State Natural Area
Map showing the location of Laurel-Snow State Natural Area
Map showing the location of Laurel-Snow State Natural Area
Map of Tennessee
Location Rhea County, Tennessee
Nearest city Dayton
Coordinates 35°31′36″N 85°01′20″W / 35.5267°N 85.0223°W / 35.5267; -85.0223Coordinates: 35°31′36″N 85°01′20″W / 35.5267°N 85.0223°W / 35.5267; -85.0223
Area 2,259 acres (914 ha)
Designated 1973
www.tn.gov/environment/article/na-na-Laurel-Snow

Laurel-Snow State Natural Area is a Tennessee Class II Natural-Scientific State Natural Area located in Rhea County, Tennessee, near Dayton, on Walden Ridge of the Cumberland Plateau. The 2,259-acre (9.14 km2) area is owned by the State of Tennessee and managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. It is a component of the Cumberland Trail, a linear park.[1]

The Laurel-Snow trail within the natural area was the first National Recreation Trail designated in Tennessee.[1]

The Laurel-Snow State Natural Area got its name from two of the four waterfalls in the area, the 80-foot (24 m) Laurel Falls[2] and the 12-foot (3.7 m) Snow Falls.[3]

A 710-acre (2.9 km2) portion of the area was formerly a Bowater pocket wilderness.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Laurel-Snow Class II Natural-Scientific State Natural Area". The Official State of Tennessee's Department of Environment and Conservation. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Dunigan, Tom. "Laurel Falls 80'". Tennessee Landforms. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ Dunigan, Tom. "Snow Falls 12'". Tennessee Landforms. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ Van West, Carroll (January 1, 2010), Pocket Wilderness Areas, Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee Historical Society (published December 25, 2009), retrieved October 26, 2016 

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