Johnson Ridge Small Wild Area (SWA) is approximately 100 acres in size and located on Cherokee Reservoir. It is comprised of various habitats; upland hardwoods covers the majority of the area, two wetlands are present, and the ridge top is a dry pine-oak forest dotted with rock outcrops. Part of the SWA is a Habitat Protected Area where American Barberry and Pursh’s Wild Petunia grow, both protected species.
The trail is 1.7 miles in length and is an easy hike. For about half a mile into the trail, you can see a stunning shoreline and various habitats such as hardwoods, wetlands and pine-oak forests. The trail provides access to several rustic campsites and is favored by anglers that enjoy fishing from the shore. A number of scenic overlooks along the trail offer views of woods and rivers; look for wild turkeys and white-tailed deer. In the springtime, native wildflowers attract butterflies adding to the beauty of the area.
For more information, visit TVA's trails webpage.