Clifty Creek Preserve, located beside the Emory River.
Clifty Creek Preserve Clifty Creek Preserve, located beside the Emory River. © Paul Kingsbury/The Nature Conservancy

Places We Protect

Clifty Creek Preserve

Tennessee

Clifty Creek Preserve features spectacular bluffs and its namesake, the beautiful Clifty Creek.

This forested 80-acre site contains a scenic gorge cut through by Clifty Creek, which flows into the Emory River here. The gorge slopes are very steep and almost vertical in some places.

Why TNC Selected This Site

A globally endangered plant, Virginia spirea, grows here and is scattered along the creek's rocky banks. The gorge is a hemlock-dominated, mixed mesophytic forest.

What TNC Is Doing

TNC is protecting and managing this land, and is engaging local communities in its protection.
 

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