Working Farms

Greensward Farm

In 2017, landowner Marianne Blackwell made the decision to protect land that has been in her family for one hundred years.

Window Cliffs State Natural Area Opens to the Public.

On April 7, 2017, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation held a grand opening for Window Cliffs State Natural Area, a beautiful recreational space within Burgess Falls State Park. The Land Trust for Tennessee partnered with the State of Tennessee to protect the land.

PROTECTED: Lakeshore Park, Knoxville

Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, Lakeshore Park has significant conservation, scenic, recreational and parkland resources in its hills, fields, forests, open spaces, wetlands and waterfronts.

Beaman Park Expansion

In August 2015, Nashville’s Beaman Park expanded by 568 acres on the edge of the Western Highland Rim through the vision of The Open Space Plan, the investment of our city and the generosity of the Gilbert family.

Castle Rock

Castle Rock is a mighty 30-acre parcel that sits atop the Cumberland Plateau. The forested property contains a rock bluff, clearly visible from the valley below, which is popular among local and traveling rock climbers.

Our Family of Farms

The Land Trust has established conservation easements with multiple farms in Tennessee that produce fruits, vegetables and dairy products for area stores and restaurants.

Blythe Ferry

This piece of land and other properties along the Hiwassee River corridor – which is one of The Land Trust’s high-priority conservation areas – are an essential part of the Sandhill Crane’s natural migration pattern.

Shelby Farms Park

Shelby Farms Park, which lies in the heart of Shelby County in Memphis, contains 4,500 acres of green space and 6.5 miles of urban trail.  Protecting Shelby Farms Park was a multi-partner effort with Shelby County Agricenter International, The Hyde Foundation, The Plough Foundation, Shelby County Government and Shelby Farms Park Conservancy.

Lost Cove

This habitat-rich 3,000 acres of land—which contains portions of Lost and Champion Coves adjacent to The University of The South and extends to the boundary of privately held land at the bottom of Lost Cove—is now owned and managed by Sewanee for use as an outdoor academic laboratory and for recreation.

Snow Creek Reserve

Snow Creek Reserve is located about five miles south of Bolivar, Tennessee and is situated between two creeks that come together and form a cypress swamp at the north end of the property.

Robertson County Farms

Farms in this region have some of the most highly productive soils in the state according to 2012 Department of Agriculture statistics. They are used for row crop production, forage for livestock and timber production.

Holland Family Farm

The Holland Farm has been in their family for over 100 years, giving it the distinction from the Tennessee Department of agriculture as one of multiple Century Farms that The Land Trust protects across the state.

Oostanala Creek Project

The Land Trust for Tennessee’s partner, Blue Ridge Waterways, Inc., completed the restoration and enhancement of Oostanaula Creek and tributaries on three Land Trust-protected properties in McMinn County. Oostanaula Creek is on the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of impaired waterways. Stream restoration helps improve water quality by reducing streambank erosion and creates a more natural stream and … Continue reading Oostanala Creek Project

Wataunga River

The Appalachian RC& D Council partnered with The Land Trust for Tennessee to protect their biodiverse 28 acres of land with half mile of frontage along the Watauga River in Carter County.  Only three miles from the town of Elizabethton, The Watauga is a significant water source for locals.  Apart from its critical conservation value, the river is a source of pride … Continue reading Wataunga River

Nashville Open Space Plan

In 2011, The Land Trust for Tennessee and Office of the Mayor released the Nashville Open Space Plan – a progressive, long-term plan for protecting and creating open space throughout Davidson County.

Beaman to Bells Corridor

The Beaman Park to Bells Bend corridor project represents an unprecedented opportunity for Nashville and Davidson County to become a regional leader in rural conservation.

Adelicia Park

Adelicia Park was The Land Trust for Tennessee’s first truly urban property protected in Nashville under conservation easement in 2008. This small “pocket park” is adjacent to The Adelicia Condominium tower and is managed by the Adelicia Homeowners Association.

Glen Leven Farm

The Land Trust for Tennessee’s Glen Leven Farm is a working 65-acre farm just four miles from the center of downtown Nashville.  The historic landscape was given to The Land Trust by Susan M. West, a descendant of Nashville settler Thomas Thompson who came to Nashville with James Robertson in the late 1780s.

The Natchez Trace Parkway

Many visitors who drive, bike, hike or ride horses along the Natchez Trace Parkway don’t realize that most of the beautiful landscapes they enjoy are not part of the parkway, but private property. The Land Trust has been working with landowners and the parkway staff to protect the parkway viewshed – the lands visible from the parkway.

Civil War Sites

The Land Trust has partnered with The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, Franklin’s Charge, the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society, Save the Franklin Battlefield, the State of Tennessee and many private landowners to protect strategic Civil War battle sites throughout the state.

Dixona Farm

It would be hard to find a property in Middle Tennessee with more history than Dixona Farm, located in Dixon Springs in Smith and Trousdale Counties.

Alderson Farm

The Alderson Family’s 110-acre property in Maury County is located on Leipers Creek Road in the fertile community of Water Valley in the Duck River Highlands, which creates a beautiful vista along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Corn Property

The Corns have identified over 100 species of wildflower on their 60 acres of land in Sumner County. The 10 acres of the rare and endangered Blue-Eyed Mary puts this property on the State of Tennessee Wildflower Map

Fiery Gizzard

The Fiery Gizzard is one of the most iconic and important trail systems in the state and spans portions of Grundy and Marion Counties atop the Cumberland Plateau. The Land Trust has partnered on multiple projects to conserve this important piece of Tennessee.

Cumberland Trail – Soak Creek Acquisition

In 2014, The Land Trust for Tennessee and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation acquired land that to add more than 1,000 acres and 10 linear miles of trail to the Cumberland Trail State Park in Bledsoe, Rhea and Hamilton counties.

Mountain Goat Trail

From 1856 to 1985, the Mountain Goat Railroad carried coal and passengers between Palmer and Cowan in Grundy and Franklin Counties along the Cumberland Plateau. Now the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance (MGTA) is reclaiming the path of the railroad to use as a recreation and scenic path.