►2015 News: Join us for a Spring Wildflower hike at Taylor Hollow, led by State Natural Areas Director Roger McCoy, Sat., March 28, 2015 - 9 a.m. to 12 Noon. Register at the River Talks site.
Once a part of the magnificent mesophytic (moderately moist) forest system of middle Tennessee, Taylor Hollow is now one of the last undisturbed remnants of this historic habitat.
What to See
This 160-acre preserve is an ecological gem of middle Tennessee. The property contains a deeply cut valley and steep slopes divided by a tranquil spring-fed stream. The hollow provides habitat for numerous aquatic creatures, a small waterfall and a hidden cave. At the bottom of the hollow lies a tranquil, spring-fed stream and a waterfall.
The four major habitats represented throughout the preserve contain such state endangered plants as the Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia verna) and the Ozark Least Trillium (Trillium pusillum var. ozarkanum), and several state threatened plants such as the Michigan Lily (Lilium michiganese) and the Butternut (Juglans cinerea).
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
Taylor Hollow supports more than 380 plant species, numerous aquatic creatures and several cave-dwelling animals. First noted for its ecological value by Vanderbilt University botanists in 1975, Taylor Hollow was purchased by The Nature Conservancy in 1978, shortly after the first Tennessee office of Conservancy was established.
Visit the State Natural Areas page on Taylor Hollow. Dogs are allowed on leash.