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Johnson Ridge Small Wild Area Trail

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TVA's Johnson Ridge Small Wild Area is located on Cherokee Reservoir. For about half-a-mile into the trail, you can see stunning shoreline and various habitats such as hardwoods, wetlands and pine-oak forests. The trail provides access to several rustic campsites and is favored by anglers that enjoy fishing from the shore. A number of scenic overlooks along the trail offer views of woods and rivers; look for wild turkeys and white-tailed deer. In the springtime, native wildflowers attract butterflies adding to the beauty of the area. The 1.7-mile Johnson Ridge Trail loops around the shoreline of the Johnson Ridge peninsula on Cherokee Lake. The terrain is gently rolling through hardwoods featuring cedars, large beech trees, and shagbark hickories. The area is speckled with limestone outcroppings and a few sinkholes.

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