Grundy Forest State Natural Area
Site Directions: Grundy Forest is located on the southwest side of Tracy City. The natural area is accessed via Highway 41/56 in Tracy City. Just after entering the town on the west side, or just before leaving the town coming from the east, look for the Grundy Forest Natural Area sign. Turn and follow the signs through 2 more right turns before entering the parking area.
Lat: 35.24514°N Long: -85.75251°W
Hours: daylight hours
Seasonality: year round
Site Description: Grundy Forest is a 234-acre natural area located in Grundy County. The natural area serves as the northern trailhead of the Fiery Gizzard Trail that connects with the TVA Foster Falls Small Wild Area at the southern trailhead 12 miles away which is considered a strenuous hike.
The area features cascading streams, waterfalls, rockhouses, rock formations, hemlock cove forest, dry upland pine forest, and steep cliffs. Several waterfalls can be found including Hanes Hole Falls, Blue Hole Falls (10 feet) and Sycamore Falls (12 feet).
The cool gorge also contains the Cave Springs Rock House, where nearby there stands a 500-year-old hemlock. Other interesting features include a five-feet-wide by 30-feet-deep gorge named the Black Canyon, and the Chimney Rocks, which are rock formations that range from 25 to 60 feet tall.
The area is recognized for its diversity of wildflowers, mosses and liverworts, and its wildlife.
Wildlife to Watch: The area is recognized for its diversity of wildflowers, mosses and liverworts. Woodland birding is best in spring and summer with the plethora of migrants and breeding warblers.