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 a 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).