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Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area

Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area


Pogue Creek Canyon is a 3,000-acre natural area located on the northern Cumberland Plateau in Fentress County. It is contiguous to parts of Pickett State Forest and very near Pickett CCC Memorial State Park. The Tennessee Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) acquired Pogue Creek Canyon to protect it from development, then sold the tract to the State in 2006, It was then designated as a state natural area.

The area is named for Pogue Creek which, along with its tributaries, forms and traverses the deep, magnificent gorge that makes this area so special. Pogue Creek is a tributary of the Wolf River, which empties into the Cumberland River. The topography and plant communities in the natural area are characteristic of the Cumberland Plateau, with rich forests and scenic sandstone formations. The narrowest sections of the gorge are often dominated by eastern hemlock, magnolia species and red maple, with rhododendron and mountain laurel forming the shrub layer. As the gorge broadens, the forest becomes a mix of tulip poplar, beech, sycamore, yellow birch, maples, American basswood, yellow buckeye, oaks and hickories. This type of forest is characteristic of the mixed mesophytic forest found in the Cumberland Plateau’s gorges. Sugar maple and American beech forest are common on many slopes while oaks, hickories, red maple, and pines become dominant on drier upper slopes and along the bluff line.

The area has abundant, immense, sheer bluffs and cliffs that provide wondrous displa

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Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area

3899 Pickett Park Hwy, Jamestown, TN 38556


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Public access is allowed from sunrise to sunset. No rock climbing. Pets are not recommended due to vertical ladders and steep drop-offs.