A Stroll Through The Tessentee Bottomland Preserve And Photo Essay

Off the beaten path. A hidden gem. An historical homestead preserved by the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee.

The Southern Nantahala Mountains towering over Tessentee Creek.

Tessentee Creek just before it flows into the Little Tennessee River.

Call it what you like. I call it one of the most relaxing strolls through history you’ll find in Macon County, NC.

A large stand of native river can in the Tessentee Bottomlands.

One of the trails passing through some Native River Cane, which grows abundantly in the Bottomlands.

The Tessentee Bottomland Preserve is 64 acres, bordered by Tessentee Creek and the Little Tennessee River. With extraordinary educational and historical value and rich biodiversity, the public is invited to walk around this family-friendly preserve and learn more about the history and natural habits, flora, and fauna native to the Appalachian Mountains in western North Carolina.

Here are some tidbits about the Tessentee Bottomland Preserve:

  • Home to 115 species of birds and part of the NC Birding Trail
  • Home to 42 species of butterflies
  • Amazing long range views of Albert Mountain, Fishhawk Mountain and, on a clear day, Clingmans Dome in The Great Smoky Mountains
  • An historical farmhouse, with several outbuildings, built around 1890
  • An overnight stop for famed naturalist, William Bartram in 1775
  • And possibly the site of the first battle of the “Cherokee Wars” in 1760 and the beginning of the southern campaign of the Revolutionary War in 1776
Rustic Farmhouse on the Tessentee Bottomlands Preserve.

The original farmhouse which was built around 1890.

You can learn more about the Tessentee Bottomland Preserve, find directions, and download a trail map and brochure at the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee. And while you’re there, find out about all the amazing things the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee does for our neck of the woods.

Enjoy the rest of the pics!

A quaint trail sign on the Tessentee Bottomlands Preserve.

Well marked trails make it easy to follow multiple loops around the Preserve.

See ya on the trail!

A dainty evergreen ground cover found all over western North Carolina.

One of the unique plants found in western North Carolina, this evergreen ground cover can be found along the wooded banks of Tessentee Creek.

An historic farmhouse build in 1890.

Though it doesn't look very scientific, this Snake Study site is very important to the Bottomlands habitat.

Various field studies are carried out all over the Bottomlands. It’s advised you stay on the trail and avoid interfering with the research.

Here's the author perfoming a headstand on the front porch of the farmhouse.

And there’s always time for a new perspective on life.