Places We Protect

Taylor Hollow


A wooded valley with purple wildflowers growing in the understory.
Taylor Hollow Spring wildflowers bloom along the trail at Taylor Hollow. © Paul Kingsbury/The Nature Conservancy

We are protecting an undisturbed remnant of Middle Tennessee’s majestic forest system.

NOTE: Due to ongoing restoration efforts, Taylor Hollow is currently closed to the public. Limited guided group tours are offered each spring through the Tennessee Division of Natural Areas. We appreciate your understanding as we work to conserve the wildlife that makes Taylor Hollow so special.



Taylor Hollow is among the first nature preserves purchased by The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee. Located on the northeastern edge of the Highland Rim, it contains one of the last undisturbed remnants of an historic, and once magnificent, mesophytic (moderately moist) forest system of Middle Tennessee. The land enclosed by the nature preserve was once a pasture field, and an old barn still stands on the site. 

An ecological gem, Taylor Hollow is shaped by a deeply cut valley and steep slopes that are divided by a tranquil spring-fed stream. This setting features four major habitats that support aquatic and cave-dwelling creatures, and hundreds of plant species, including state-endangered Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia verna) and Ozark Least Trillium (Trillium pusillum var. ozarkanum) and state threatened Michigan Lily (Lilium michiganese) and Butternut (Juglans cinerea). 



Due to ongoing restoration efforts, Taylor Hollow is currently closed to the public.


Westmoreland, TN

Map with marker: Hybrid topographic and road map showing an orange pointer centered northeast of Nashville, TNC.


Hiking, Wildflower Viewing, Photography


163 acres

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A black and white edition of an old newsletter features conservation news in Tennessee.
Tennessee Notes An early edition of TNC's Tennessee Notes reports on the purchase of Taylor Hollow. (Click to enlarge.) © The Nature Conservancy

Taylor Hollow Wildflowers

Get inspired by Taylor Hollow's colorful spring palette.

Long thin petals emerge from a red wildflower.
Small blue and white flowers blanket a forest floor.
A curled up fern emerges from a forest floor.
Delicate white flowers emerge from bright green foliage.
A yellow flower emerges from green leaves.
A burgundy bloom emerges from a thick green stem.
A butterfly visits purple flowers in bloom.
Periwinkle flowers brighten a leafy forest floor.
Spring wildflowers bloom along a trail at Taylor Hollow.
Trumpet-shaped purple flowers emerge from bright green leaves.
Taylor Hollow Wildflowers (38:32) Join The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee's Director of Science and Policy and wildflower aficionado, Sally Palmer, on a virtual tour of Taylor Hollow preserve.

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