Natural Areas - West Region
Carroll Cabin Barrens
Carroll Cabin Barrens is a 250-acre natural area located near the Tennessee River in Decatur County. Carroll Cabin Barrens is a series of dramatic Silurian-aged limestone glades and barrens. The glades and barrens are well developed and occur in longitudinal bands on the hillsides above the Tennessee River.
Devil's Backbone is a 950-acre natural area in Lewis County. It offers visitors the opportunity for a quiet hike adjacent the Natchez Trace Parkway. The trail follows the ridges of Tennessee's Highland Rim and drops down along a creek into a hollow and back again along the ridge.
Dry Branch is 2,169-acre natural area in Lewis County on the Western Highland Rim. Dry Branch supports the largest population of Tennessee yellow-eyed grass (Xyris tennesseensis) known in Tennessee, which is both a federally endangered species and one of the rarest plants in the state.
John Noel at Bon Aqua
John Noel Natural Area at Bon Aqua is a 35-acre area located in Hickman County. It supports a small remnant forest that has old growth forest characteristics. The forest has a diversity of species including towering white oak trees with extraordinarily large diameter trunks.
Meeman-Shelby is an 11,000-acre natural area in Shelby County and is located within Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. The natural area is one of the largest contiguous tracts of mature bottomland hardwood forest and upland forest associated with the Chickasaw Bluff left in Tennessee.