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Standing Stone State Forest State Park and WMA

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Site Description and Habitats

Standing Stone State Park covers nearly 11,000 acres on the Cumberland Plateau of north-central Tennessee. The quaint and rustic park is noted for its outstanding scenery, spring wildflowers, fossils and other natural diversity.

The park is located in Overton County within a triangle formed by highways connecting Livingston, Gainesboro and Celina. In the 1930s, Standing Stone was an area plagued with soil erosion and sub-marginal lands. With the assistance of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Work Projects Administration, the Resettlement Administration and U.S. Forest Service, the area was made productive again.

The park takes its name from the Standing Stone, an eight-foot-tall rock standing upright on a sandstone ledge, which was supposedly used as a boundary line between two separate Indian nations. When the rock fell, the Indians placed a portion of it upon an improvised monument to preserve it. The stone is still preserved in Monterey.

Visitors can go hiking, camping, birding, wild flower watching, and picnicking on site.

Bird species of interest

Spring and Fall Migration: Warblers, vireos, and thrushes are often common across the area. Louisiana Waterthrush, Chipping Sparrow, Tennessee, Blackburnian, Cerulean Warbler, Bay-breasted, Blue-winged, and Blackpoll (spring only) Warbler can be common. Broad-winged Hawk, Baltimore and Orchard Oriole, and Swainson's Thrush. Eastern Whip-poor-wills can be very abundant (mostly heard only) in spring and early summer at dusk and especially on nights with a full moon.

Summer: Ovenbird, Hooded Warbler, and Scarlet Tanager, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Louisiana Waterthrush, Acadian Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Worm-eating Warbler, Northern Parula, Eastern Phoebe, Wood Thrush.

Woodland birding can be slow, but look for Red-breasted Nuthatches, Purple Finch, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglet, and sparrows may occur along forest edges.

Barred and Eastern Screech-Owl are regular, resident species including Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Northern Cardinal, among other residents are common.

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Detailed directions for birding Standing Stone State Forest
Take exit 288 off I-40, (Livingston/Sparta exit) Hwy. 111 N to Livingston. Hwy 52 West to the entrance of the park. Hwy. 136 is the main park road.

Visit the office and explore parking areas and trail heads. There are some nice views and hiking to be done here!

Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
Manager's building: 36.473772,-85.41613

Fees and Hours
Open year round, daylight hours. No fees associated with daily use.

There are restroom facilities, camping, cabins, and picnic areas.

Standing Stone State Park
1674 Standing Stone Park Hwy
Hilham, TN 38568

Info for other sites
Tennessee's Watchable Wildlife web site