Happy Hawks Here
Trip Start May 23, 1996
10Trip End May 24, 1996
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The Tennessee River Gorge is 25,000 acres carved through the Cumberland Mountains by a 26-mile stretch of the Tennessee River and serves as habitat for more than 1,000 varieties of plants, trees, and flowers; endangered species such as mountain skullcap, bald eagle, and peregrine falcon live in the Gorge.
Raccoon Mountain makes up the south side of the Gorge, and a stop at TVA's Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Reservoir allows spectacular views from the Gorge Overlook. Inside the building a guide will board the elevator with you for a descent deep into the mountain. Your tour underground shows how water is pumped to the manmade lake at the top of the mountain and stored for use as power demands require.
The drive around the reservoir allows good views of neighboring Lookout Mountain and Walden Ridge; you're likely to see hawks and eagles soaring overhead. Picnic areas, hiking trails, and overlooks facing the city and Lookout Mountain too.