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.