Prescribed Fires Scheduled for April 10-12, 2014
Closures include Slant Rock Campsite, Backcountry Roads 01, 02, 03 and 04 on the days of the burn and the day after. Slant Rock Burn Unit is located on the north side of Highway 35 and west of County Road 103. The burn will enhance native habitats. More »
Beaver Pond Trail
Beaver Pond Trail is located just past Lynn Overlook. There is a pull-off on the right to park your vehicle under the power lines on Highway 176.
This easy 1.24 mile loop trail is a favorite for bird watchers. The trail leads you through the woods to a pond dammed by beavers.
The trail surface is natural. The terrain is mostly level with some slight elevation at times. You will cross two foot bridges. Turn left at the pond to go back to your vehicle.
Enjoy the azaleas, pines and hardwood trees as you walk along. The mosses, ferns, grasses and flowering plants give you a tranquil feeling as you walk through the wetland habitat.
The blueberries can offer a snack if you visit at the right time of year. Visitors are welcome to pick blueberries and other fruit for personal consumption.
Upon arriving at the beaver dam, a variety of birds can be seen that have made their homes there. Ducks nest near the ground while woodpeckers take advantage of the numerous dead trees.
You may see a glimpse of the large catfish that call this pond home. There are salamanders, deer, raccoons and other wildlife in this area.
If you see a snake; stop, wait until it moves away and then continue on with your hike. Unless a snake feels threatened, they usually will not bite. Snakes, other wildlife and the plants are protected by the National Park Service. This is their home, we are the guest.
Did You Know?
Railroad spur lines connected Lookout Mountain ore mines to valley furnaces. This railroad was know as the Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia Rail Line (TAG Rail Lines).