8400 Old Cane Creek Rd,
Baxter, TN 38544
Photographer: Rosemary Fields
Window Cliffs is a 275-acre state natural area that opened for public access in April 2017 that is managed by Burgess Falls State Park.
It is known for its unique geological formations, including towering cliffs and natural “windows” carved into the rock.
This is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail that features a waterfall and very steep, very high bluffs. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. It’s easy to spend the day here!
Wear waterproof hiking boots because you will need to cross over the creeks many times.
The natural area gets its name from the striking “windows” that are present in the limestone cliffs. These windows are natural openings carved into the rock, providing a unique view of the surrounding landscapes. The cliffs reach heights of up to 150 feet, creating a dramatic and picturesque setting.
Hiking and Nature Trails
Window Cliffs offers hiking trails that allow visitors to explore the natural area and experience its scenic beauty. The main trail is the Window Cliffs Trail, which is approximately 2.7 miles round trip. The trail leads through forests, along the Calfkiller River, and to the impressive cliffs and windows. It is a moderate to strenuous hike, with some steep sections and rocky terrain. Visitors are advised to wear appropriate footwear and be prepared for the challenging terrain.
Natural Beauty and Wildlife
Window Cliffs State Natural Area offers breathtaking natural beauty and a diverse range of plant and animal life. The rugged cliffs, lush forests, and the tranquil Calfkiller River create a scenic backdrop for visitors.
Window Cliffs State Natural Area provides a unique and captivating outdoor experience for nature enthusiasts and hikers. The geological wonders and scenic landscapes make it a memorable destination for those seeking to explore the beauty of Tennessee’s natural heritage.
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