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Worthington Cemetery Trail and Small Wild Area

Outdoor Adventures, Hiking Trail or Trailhead

A short, easy trail off Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, TN that loops through a TVA Small Wild Area. This area has been designated as an ecological study area site due to the variety of unique habitats represented. This also makes it a great place for wildlife watching.

ADA Accessibility Notes

No ADA Accessibility available.

This TVA area is special because of the unusual cedar barren habitat which is more common in middle Tennessee. A cedar barren is an open area surrounded by plants that prefer thin, shallow soils around limestone outcroppings. Some of these plants include eastern red cedar, blazing star, prairie dock and big bluestem. Other features of this trail include an old cemetery (1800’s), a pond, and a recently built pier that extends out into a wetland, offering an excellent opportunity to see some of the 125 bird species that have been observed here. An easy trail for young ones to navigate but be prepared to get muddy as trail holds water.

Amenities: parking, hiking.

For more information visit TVA's Trails webpage.

Eco-Friendly Notes

TVA is a partner of Leave No Trace and requests that visitors follow Leave No Trace practices.

How to Get There

This trail is east of Oak Ridge, TN on HWY 95 at Elza Gate Park.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//36.04781,-84.207069/@36.0478445,-84.2095873,17z

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet. TVA is a partner of Leave No Trace and requests that visitors follow Leave No Trace practices, including picking up after your pet.

Trail Distance

0.75 mile loop

Vertical Gain or Loss

easy

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