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Lewis State Forest
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This area was purchased from the Chancery Court of Lewis County for delinquent taxes in 1933 and became a State Forest in 1936. It is on the Western Highland Rim in central-southwestern Tennessee, in Lewis County. There are no known cultural sites on the forest. There is a demonstration forest road, exemplifying the use of BMPs and appropriate engineering specifications. Other areas of the forest have served for past research studies. A small wetland occurs in the southwestern corner of the forest. Most of the land (97%) is in forest cover and the remainder is open land. This Forest is somewhat unique in the Tennessee State Forest system in that about 15% of the forested area is in the southern yellow pine type. Primary recreational use of the Forest is for hunting. All timber harvests include objectives for improving habitat for wildlife.
History of the Area
Lewis State Forest is located in Maury County, Tennessee. It was established in 1938 as part of the Cumberland State Forest, which was expanded to 1,764 acres in 1956 and renamed after J. Percy Priest of Nashville.

The forest was named Lewis State Forest in the mid-1970s to honor W. Roy Lewis, who served as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture from 1971 to 1975. Under his leadership, the Tennessee Division of Forestry saw significant expansion and development.

The Lewis State Forest primarily serves as a working forest, providing a sustainable timber resource for the state. It is managed by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture's Division of Forestry.
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Lewis State Forest is located near Hohenwald, Lawrenceburg and Columbia

1. Lewis State Forest Loop: A 3-mile loop trail, moderately trafficked with a variety of terrain and scenic forest views.

2. Pine Ridge Trail: This is an easy 0.8 mile out-and-back trail that offers beautiful wildflowers during springtime.

3. Hickory Hollow Pathway: Approximately one mile long, this pathway features diverse flora and fauna along the way for nature enthusiasts to enjoy.

4. Oak Grove Track: An intermediate level track stretching over two miles through dense oak forests offering birdwatching opportunities.

5.Cedar Creek Route : Roughly three miles in length; it provides hikers with stunning creek-side vistas throughout its course.

6.Sycamore Springs Circuit : At about four-miles-long, this circuit takes you around Sycamore springs showcasing unique geological formations on route.

7.Redbud Ravine Walkway : Just under half-a-mile walkway featuring redbud trees blooming beautifully during early spring season making it visually appealing hike option

8.Maple Meadow Lane - It's approximately five miles round trip journey traverses meadows filled with maple trees providing ample shade cover

9.Walnut Woods Way- Two-Mile trek winding through walnut woods known for its tranquility & peaceful ambiance

10.Birch Brook Boulevard - One Mile stroll alongside Birch brook famous among families looking for short yet enjoyable hikes

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Area Cabins and Lodges
Tennessee Fitness Spa & Resort
299 Natural Bridge Park Rd
Waynesboro, TN
(931) 722-5589
Naco Natchez Trace Wilderness
1331 Napier Rd
Hohenwald, TN
(931) 796-3422

From Nashville, Tennessee:
1. Start on I:40 E from 2nd Ave S.
2. Continue for about 140 miles to Exit 322 in Crossville.
3. Take the exit and turn right onto Peavine Rd.

From Knoxville, Tennessee:
1. Begin by getting on I:40 W/US-441 S from Main St/S Hill St.
2. Follow I:40 W to TN-101 N/Lantana Rd in Fairfield Glade.
3. Take exit 322 from Interstate Highway System (IHS).
4. Turn left onto Lantana Road/TN:101 North.

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