Couchville Cedar Glade

This State Natural Area covers 128 acres—71 of which were purchased by The Nature Conservancy—and is home to many rare plant species, including the Tennessee coneflower. In 2015, The Nature Conservancy helped the state of Tennessee purchase an additional 11.5 acres to expand this beautiful natural area.

Welcome to Couchville Cedar Glade. You'll find this kiosk at the trailhead.

Tennessee coneflowers, once thought extinct, now bloom in profusion at Couchville Cedar Glade.

The prairie coneflower—another variety of coneflower—also inhabits the Couchville glade. Here a field of radiant prairie coneflowers catches the sunlight.

Coneflowers thrive in cedar glades, which are known to be harsh, hot environments in the summer.

Bright orange butterfly milkweed plants dot the landscape of Couchville Cedar Glade.

The open expanses, rocky limestone terrain and vegetation of Couchville Cedar Glade are comparable to features of the prairies of the West.

A butterfly alights on a prairie coneflower.

The prairie coneflower is just one of many species of unusual wildflowers that thrive in Couchville Cedar Glade.

Tennessee coneflowers sway in the summer wind. In 2011, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service removed the Tennessee coneflower from the Endangered Species List because its population has recovered.

Prairie coneflowers silhouetted by the afternoon sun.


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