Big Ridge Small Wild Area Trail is located off Tennessee Valley Authority's Chickamauga Dam, about 10 miles northeast of Chattanooga. TVA protects this area because it is an old growth forest that includes several species of oaks, yellow poplar and shagbark hickory. Old growth forest means the plant community has survived for many years without outside disturbances (logging, intrusion of non-native species, human manipulation, etc.) and is exhibiting natural ecological turnover. The trail offers many wildlife viewing opportunities including wild turkeys, deer, red fox and turtles.
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