The sky displays the pinks and yellows of a sunrise.
Smoky Mountains The sun rises at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. © The Nature Conservancy/Paul Kingsbury

With your help, The Nature Conservancy protects critical natural lands and life-giving waters in Tennessee.

Tennessee Preserves-CLOSED

Some of The Nature Conservancy's Tennessee nature preserves are closed to the public due to fragile habitat and/or the presence of endangered species.

  • Trees frame a valley view and clear blue sky.

    Bridgestone Nature Reserve at Chestnut Mountain

    White County (5,763-acres)/TNC is in the process of inventorying wildlife at this property that Bridgestone Corporation donated in 2018—the largest gift in TNC’s history of working in Tennessee. Learn More

  • Swift creek waters pass over a collection of rocks.

    Clifty Creek Preserve

    Roane/Morgan counties (80 acres)/ Clifty Creek cuts through a scenic, forested gorge before flowing into the Emory River. A globally endangered plant, Virginia spirea, grows along the creek's banks. Support This Work!

  • A man stands against a rock in front of a vast valley.

    Dobbs Creek & Tally Wilderness

    Pickett County/These properties, adjacent to each other, are classic examples of northern Cumberland Plateau native hardwood forest. Support This Work!

  • A view of a forest from inside of a cave.

    Hubbard's Cave

    Warren County/Hidden beneath a forest canopy, this cave contains three separate and distinct forks, including one of the most important bat hibernation sites in the world. Support This Work!

  • White clouds hover over a forest and field.

    John R. Dickey Birch Branch Sanctuary

    Johnson County (549 acres)/This Shady Valley preserve is surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest. TNC is restoring native warm-season grasses to attract songbirds, game birds and butterflies. Support This Work!

  • Green leafy trees shade a flowing stream.

    Obed River Preserve

    Morgan County (77 acres)/While the National Park Service manages this preserve as part of the Obed Wild & Scenic River corridor, TNC treats hemlock trees on the property against the woolly adelgid. Support This Work!

Partnership In Action

Sometimes we take the lead. Other times, we assist from the sidelines.

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    Doe Mountain

    When TNC and the state of Tennessee acquired what now comprises the Doe Mountain Recreation Area, they secured one of the largest remaining privately owned forests in the Southern Blue Ridge. Learn More