Ladyfinger Bluff Trail Overlook - Tennessee
Posted by: PharmD93
N 35° 41.286 W 088° 01.304
16S E 407550 N 3949835
Quick Description: A very scenic overlook of the Tennessee River in Perry County Tennessee.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 9/14/2007 7:51:12 PM
Waymark Code: WM26ZN
One of the most beautiful views you will ever see of the Tennessee River! This spot is just awesome!
Gnarled old cedars, limestone outcrops, fresh water springs and spectacular views of the Tennessee River contribute to the unique hiking experience that is Lady's Bluff, a TVA Small Wild Area.
A foot trail winds through a typical upland forest following the Lick Creek Embayment out to the main body of the Tennessee River and then loops to the top of Lady Finger Bluff. On top of the bluff, you can stand among gnarled old cedars and see National Migratory Wildlife Refuge on the opposite bank. In mid-October, this whole area becomes a landing strip for thousands of migrating ducks and geese making their annual visit to the refuge.
The Tennessee River below Lady's Bluff was once known as the "narrows." As you can watch one barge stop downstream while another passes through the strait, it should be easy to see how this portion of the river got its name. Two barges cannot pass through here as they can in other stretches of the river.
Before you leave the bluff, take a close look at the limestone rock and you will see countless crinoids. These and other fossil remnants of ancient marine life were deposited here thousands of years ago when this area was covered by a shallow sea.
Round trip walking distance of Lady's Bluff trail is 2.7 miles on gentle to moderately steep grades. The unsurfaced trail averages two to three feet in width and is limited to pedestrians. No horses, motorbikes, or other vehicles are permitted. Natural stone steps are provided in steep areas and footbridges span two stream crossings. Visitors can park in a gravel parking lot at the trail head. Lady's Bluff, (the name most locals have for the area,) is off of Lick Creek Road just North of Mousetail Landing State Park. This area is also known for its picturesque red cedars. Years of wind and exposure have twisted these cedars into the bonsai-like forms many enjoy photographing.
Type of overlook: trail
Overlook designation: just a view
The Tennessee River
Picnic tables: Not Listed
Benches: Not Listed
Water/restrooms: Not Listed
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