Wilson Dam, Waterfall, amazing views of the tennessee river, historical sites
The rock pile trail is an easily followed trail which includes some of the most interesting features packed into a 6 mile in and out hike possible. The trail follows the Tennessee river upstream along bluffs with several views of Florence as well as the river. The trail is very well marked and well maintained. Wildlife on the trail is suprisingly diverse although there is a definite lack of larger species. However bird watchers should be impressed by the diversity of song birds, migratory species, pelicans, and eagles (yes I did say eagles). The highlight of the trail is toward the turn around point which ends at the top of Wilson Dam. here there is a system of small caves, as well as a rather impressive waterfall that cascades off the side of the bluffs into the Tennessee River at the base of the dam. There are several historical sites worth noting on the trail as well.
The trail is easily found although to walk the whole trail which is the preferred way to do it one should start near the paved nature trails west of wilson dam. There is a sign pointing toward an area known as "nature trails". From the parking lot complete with facilities simply head down the paved trail to the sign stating rock pile trail. The trail is the only blazed trail in the system which includes several interesting side trails.