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Hall Bend Trail SWA

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Hall Bend Small Wild Area (SWA) encompasses about 30 acres on Tellico Reservoir and is quite diverse in habitat. Within the SWA is a limestone bluff, a well-developed barrens plant community, and upland hardwood forest. Barrens plant species include little bluestem grass, orange coneflower, asters, and yucca with scattered eastern red cedar trees of considerable size.

Hall Bend trail is a five mile loop trail that is located near TVA's Tellico Dam. The open grassy area at the beginning of the hike and the many easy lake access points makes this a popular trail for hikers with dogs who like to play in the water. Take a snack if you plan on hiking to the top of the limestone bluff so you can take a break and enjoy the fabulous view – you might spot a bald eagle. A local Boy Scout troop labeled many of the tree species found here. This is a hiking only trail and is rated moderate.

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Birding: Wildbirds spotted include loons, grebes, ducks, bald eagles and osprey.

Fishing: On the first two small peninsulas, anglers will enjoy bank fishing along the cove in the first section of the trail. Catch usually are large-mouth bass, blue gill, stripe as well as bottom feeders like catfish, carp and drum.

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