Explore this recent addition to the Tennessee State Natural Areas holdings, Cheeks Bend. Part of the 2,135-acre Duck River State Natural Area Complex, the trail travels along a bluff overlooking the Duck River and includes a special surprise - a side trip through a cave, where you can enter on a bluff top and emerge near the Duck at the base of the bluff. This trail leads to a cave with a hundred-foot-or-so passage that leads from a river bluff overlooking the Duck River to the base of the same bluff.
If you are afeared of the dark, bring a flashlight, though one is not necessary. The Cheeks Bend Vista Trail starts on the west side of the road. Begin following a single-track path into the woods to reach a trailside kiosk showing the trail and giving information about the Duck River Complex. This complex is an agglomeration of six separate natural areas collectively within the Yanahli Wildlife Management Area. All are located in the Duck River Basin and include Columbia Glade, Sowell Mill, Rummage Cave, Howard Bridge Glades, and Moore Lane, in addition to Cheeks Bend. This part of the Duck River is significant, as 13 of the 30 miles of the state scenic-river portion of the Duck are located here.
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