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Window Cliffs State Natural Area

Window Cliffs State Natural Area

Window Cliffs State Natural Area is a rugged 275-acre recreation area in southern Putnam County, southwest of Cookeville, Tennessee. The landscape includes breathtaking limestone bridges and windows, rare plant species and wildlife habitat, and over two miles of scenic Cane Creek. For decades, conservationists saw Window Cliffs as an important area to protect. Thanks to a multi-year conservation effort, it is now being conserved while open for the public to enjoy.

About Window Cliffs State Natural Area

Window Cliffs adjoins and is managed as part of Burgess Falls State Park and is approximately 18 miles southwest of Cookeville. As a part of the pristine upper Cumberland highlands, this State Natural Area joins several other regional Tennessee State Parks in the region – including Cummins Falls, Rock Island, Fall Creek Falls and Standing Stone – that provide encouragement for tourism, healthy lifestyles, and environmental appreciation.

From the Ground Level: Conserving Window Cliffs State Natural Area

The Land Trust for Tennessee partners to expand and protect public parks, natural areas, wildlife refuges and other public land for the betterment of the environment, community, and economy.

Window Cliffs had been previously owned by multiple private landowners. When the owners were interested in having their land become a park, The Land Trust for Tennessee was asked to lead the transaction, and then purchased and transferred the properties to the State of Tennessee over a series of years.

Window Cliffs opened as the 85th State Natural Area in 2016. For more information about visiting, see: https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/na-natural-areas/natural-areas-middle-region/middle-region/na-na-window-cliffs.html