The Natural Area is a favorite destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds and has included a section of the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail since 1998. The North Chickamauga Creek Gorge is listed by the National Park Service in their Nationwide Rivers Inventory for its “outstanding scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, and cultural values.” In addition, it is on the “Top 200″ list of the American Rivers Conservation Council, on AWA’s Top 40 list for 1993/1994 “Most Deserving of Attention for Protection,” and is one of the highest quality and most difficult whitewater creeks in the eastern U.S. A portion of the Gorge, primarily the lower area, has been surveyed for rare plant and animal species. Several have been identified and located in the gorge area. Protection of the pristine wilderness areas within and adjoining the North Chickamauga Creek Gorge is possibly the most urgent land conservation need in the Hamilton County area. NCCC works closely with the Cumberland Trail State Park and the Division of Natural Areas staff in the management of the Natural Area.
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