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Colditz Cove State Natural Area

Colditz Cove State Natural Area

The Best Waterfalls

Tennessee's Colditz Cove State Natural Area is a great day hike and waterfall for trekkers in the vicinity of Rugby, Big South Fork, and Sgt. York State Park. Droping over 60 feet from a rock ledge, Northrup Falls is one of the most photogenic waterfalls in the Cumberland Plateau. It flows through a scenic narrow gorge along Big Branch Creek amidst some of the largest old growth stands of hemlock and white pines that can be seen in the plateau region.

The waterfall is named for the family who settled here and operated a mill above the falls in the 1800’s. The dry ridges above the falls support a mixed oak-hickory forest dominated by white oak with Virginia pine scattered throughout. On the more xeric southwest bluff, oaks, hemlock, Virginia and short leaf pine are common with a shrub lay of mountain laurel underneath. The spray field from the falls creates a unique habitat on the rock ledges underneath and in the vicinity of the falls. Several species of ferns, sedges, rushes, and plants like grass-of-parnassus and alumroot are associated with this waterfall-gorge habitat.

Things to do at Colditz Cove State Natural Area

The trail to Northrup Falls is a loop trail that starts in the small parking area. It isn't a strenuous hike, but demands some agility and sure footedness in the gorge because the rocks around the waterfall can be a bit slippery.

Colditz Cove Hiking Article 

Colditz Cove Map

For More Information

Northrup Falls Road
Jamestown, Tennessee 38504

Phone: (931) 879-5821
Website: http://www.tennessee.gov/environment/na/natareas/colditz/

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