South Central Tennessee Tourism - Scenic Trails
Stillhouse Hollow Falls is a 90-acre state natural area located approximately 21 miles southwest of Columbia and three miles northeast of Summertown off Hwy US 43. The natural area parking area is on the right once you have passed over the Judge Workman Bridge. It is about three miles northeast of Summertown on Hwy 43 on the left just before the bridge. The natural area is on the Western Highland Rim in the Duck River watershed. The geology of this region createsscenic natural features such asseeps, flat shale-bottom streams, and waterfalls, both small and large.
The natural area is named for its most significant feature, Stillhouse Hollow Falls, which can be seen by walking approximately 2/3 of a mile along the Stillhouse Hollow Falls trail. The trail crosses an unnamed tributary that forms small scenic cascades before plunging approximately 75 feet over the falls. A deep hollow is formed below the falls that is surrounded by steep slopes where wet-weather springs emerge contributing to a rich habitat supporting a colorful spring wildflower display of trillium, spiderwort, wild geranium, phlox and many other species.
The beginning of the trail to the falls passes by a showy shrub layer of oak-leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia), Alabama azalea (Rhododendron alabamense), deerberry and downy mock-orange (Philadelphus pubescens).
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Welcome to the Jack Trail GeoTour, a tourism initiative created in partnership with Tennessee Tourism, the South Central Tennessee Tourism Association, Geocaching.com and the local community and Chambers of commerce, which uses the game of Geocaching to encourage geotourism in Middle Tennessee.
Geocaching is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online. This large community often travels long distances to hunt desirable geocaches, especially those along GeoTours.
GeoTours are a series of geocaches engagingly tied together by a common theme, such as the history of a given area or region. There is no fixed itinerary, like on a traditional trail, but rather a series of points of interest in a self-guided, goal-oriented plan.
The official Jack Trail GeoTour Passport functions as a logbook for you to track your progress as you hunt specially placed geocaches along the tour. This passport lets you record “code words” in the geocaches you find in order to qualify for the Jack Trail GeoTour geocoins.
The Jack Trail Geocoin is a special coin created to reward cachers who complete the GeoTour, by collecting points for finding these specific geocaches and eating and lodging with our Trail Partners. Each Geocoin is trackable on www.geocaching.com
Jackson Falls located in Hickman County. Come visit this Historic rest stop on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Shady Grove. If you are interested in waterfalls, you will want to take a short walk on the Fall Hollow Trail at milepost 391.9 off the Natchez Trace Parkway. A five minute walk will take you to a viewing platform to see a small waterfall. Those who are interested in continuing on will be rewarded with numerous small cascades.
Baker's Bluff located in Hickman County - Scenic view along the Natchez Trace that overlooks the Duck River and farmland. The short but steep trail at milepost 404.7 takes visitors to views of Jackson Falls, making it one of the most popular walks along the parkway. After dropping down 900 feet in elevation on a paved trail, you will find yourself in a small gorge. Your return trip will be a bit more strenuous, but well worth the effort. There are picnic tables at the trailhead, as well as a short trail to Baker Bluff Overlook.