Short Springs Small Wild Area Trail

TVA’s Short Springs Small Wild Area (SWA) is approximately 60 acres in size and located in the middle of Short Springs Designated State Natural Area, a 420-acre complex owned in part by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and in part by the city of Tullahoma. TVA cooperates with the state and city in the management of the SWA and state natural area as the two areas overlap and share trails for public use. 

Short Springs SWA is a delight for wildflower enthusiasts. Trout lilies, Virginia bluebells, jacks-in-the pulpit, larkspurs and Dutchman’s breeches can be seen along the trail in the springtime. Plants uncommon in Middle Tennessee are found here including large flowered trillium (Trillium grandiflora), Southern red trillium (Trillium sulcatum) and barren strawberry (Waldsteinia fragarioides). The forest is a mixture of alluvial vegetation that includes oak, hickory, tulip poplar, sugar maple and dogwood.


Latitude: 35.41385 Longitude: -86.181184 Elevation: 942 ft


Trail Distance

4.6 Miles

Eco-Friendly Notes

• Foot traffic only
• Please remove all litter before leaving
• No camping is allowed
• Collecting or digging up plants or any other natural, historic or archaeological feature is prohibited
• No motorized vehicles
• No hunting is allowed
• Cutting or removal of vegetation is prohibited

ADA Accessibility Notes

No ADA available

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets welcome but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet. TVA is a partner of Leave No Trace and requests that visitors follow Leave No Trace practices, including picking up after your pet.

How to Get There

From Nashville:

Get on I-40 E/ I-65 S 

Follow I-24 E towards Manchester. Take exit 110 from I- 24 E

Take Cat Creek Road and Rutledge Falls Dr. to J D Neil Rd

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