Lost Cove, just south of Sewanee, protects over 4,000 acres of high-quality forest land and critical natural and cultural habitat. The 2.4-mile Sherwood Day Loop trail, a relatively easy walk, gives you a good sample of what is found in this part of South Cumberland State Park, including overlooks, a natural sandstone “bridge”, and interesting geological formations.
Lost Cove protects habitats critical for federally-listed endangered, threatened or federal candidate species, including the endangered Morefield’s Leather Flower and a population of Cumberland Rosinweed, a type of sunflower found only on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. Vital habitat has been protected for more than one-third of all the federally-listed Painted Snake Coiled Forest Snails known to exist, as well as for two endangered animal species, the Eastern Small-Footed Bat and the Allegheny Woodrat. All of these species have been recorded on the property, along with Four-Toed Salamanders, Barking Tree Frogs, and Rafinesque’s Big-Eared Bat, which are all state-protected animals.
These are driving directions from the South Cumberland State Park Visitor Center: Take US Highway 41 west through Monteagle, toward Sewanee, to TN Highway 156 (Jumpoff Road), on your left. Follow Hwy 156 south about 8.5 miles and look for Old CCC Road, a dirt road, one-half mile on your right past Lake Road, which is better-marked with a brown park post and white letters. Bear right onto Old CCC Road, following it about 2 miles, through the park gate, out to its end; the parking lot and trailhead are on your right.
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- Old CCC Road, Sherwood