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Caney Fork River Watershed (05130108) of the Cumberland River Basin – Group 2 (2003)

Water Quality Management Plan

Caney Fork River Watershed

Located in Middle Tennessee, the Caney Fork River watershed includes parts of Bledsoe, Cannon, Cumberland, DeKalb, Putnam, Sequatchie, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, White and Wilson Counties. It is approximately 1,771 square miles and empties to the Cumberland River. There are 59 rare plant and animal species in the Caney Fork River Watershed.

The Caney Fork River Watershed has five Designated State Natural Areas:

  • Bone Cave State Natural Area contains a cave of significant archaeological, historical and scenic value.
  • Burgess Falls State Natural Area Sanctuary, which offers state protection to all areas, features, plants, animals and artifacts as well as rugged hiking trails.
  • Fall Creek Falls State Natural Area contains oak and hickory forest, tulip poplar, hemlock forest, mountain laurel, and rhododendron.
  • Short Mountain State Natural Area is a remnant of the Cumberland Plateau, with scenic rock formations and a thriving flora population.
  • Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness is a 317-acre tract containing a five mile hiking trail that terminates at scenic Virgin Falls.

There are 59 rare plant and animal species in the Caney Fork River Watershed.
Other sites within the Caney Fork River Watershed include:

  • Bridgestone/Firestone Conservation Area consists of 4000 donated acres in Scott’s Gulf with plans for a hikers’ entrance to the Caney Fork River.
  • Burgess Falls State Park contains a streamside nature trail that winds through lush woodlands descending below scenic limestone.
  • Edgar Evins State Rustic Park, 6000 acres on Center Hill Reservoir with fishing, boating and scenic hiking trails.
  • Fall Creek Falls State Park, 20,000 acres that include the highest waterfall in the U.S. east of the Rockies.
  • Sparta Rock House, a state-owned historic site that was once operated as a stage coach inn frequented by Andrew Jackson on trips from Nashville to Washington.
  • Virgin Falls, formed by an underground stream and a 110-foot drop off. Overlooks, streams, caving, and a backpacking area as well as an eight mile hiking trail.

In addition, there are many local interpretive areas, most notably Smithville’s Greenbrook Community Park and Standing Stone Monument in Monterey City Park. South Carter Street Riverfront Park in Sparta also has completed a paved greenway trail along the Calfkiller River.

Table of Contents

Glossary

Summary - Caney Fork River Watershed

Chapter 1 - Watershed Approach to Water Quality

Chapter 2 - Description of the Caney Fork River Watershed

Chapter 3 - Water Quality Assessment of the Caney Fork River Watershed

Chapter 4 (12.7mb) - Point and Nonpoint Source Characterization of the Caney Fork River Watershed

Chapter 5 - Water Quality Partnerships in the Caney Fork River Watershed

Chapter 6 - Future Plans

Title Page for Caney Fork River Watershed

Appendices: Appendix I, Appendix II, Appendix III, Appendix IV, Appendix V

Waters with EPA Approved Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL)

Caney Fork River - Total Maximum Daily Load for Siltation and Habitat Alteration in the Caney Fork River Watershed in Bledsoe, Cannon, Cumberland, DeKalb, Putnam, Sequatchie, Smith, VanBuren, Warren, White and Wilson Counties. Approved 08/03/2005.

Caney Fork River - Total Maximum Daily Load for Pathogens in the Caney Fork River Watershed in Bledsoe, Cannon, Cumberland, DeKalb, Putnam, Sequatchie, Smith, VanBuren, Warren, White and Wilson Counties. Approved 10/17/2005

Caney Fork River - Total Maximum Daily Load for pH and Metals in the Caney Fork River Watershed in Bledsoe, Cumberland, Sequatchie, Van Buren and White counties. Approved 06/18/2009.