Nelson Upslope

Nelson Upslope

Nelson Upslope is one of the Upper Trails ascending the mountain. The easiest way to access the trail is beside Walkingstick Cabin behind the Caretaker’s log house. The Indian Profile trail shares this wide path for about a mile. The most special area of this trail is the clearing called Shenstone Landskip at the top of Sheets Sward. There is a memorial bench there where you can enjoy the sweeping view across two pastures toward Raccoon Mountain. The giant tulip poplar which graces this prospect is one of the oldest of the Great Trees in the arboretum and the state tree of Tennessee. After a quiet respite proceed up the road past Susan’s Curves to the enchanting Dogwood Spinney. You will then come to the junction of Light’s Mill Trail and see the rock which is called Bishop’s Bench. From here you can descend down to Siren Pool or continue to explore the other mountain trails

“Nelson Upslope” was so named when Nelson Irvine on April 19, 1947, coined the word. Nelson was also my mother’s maiden surname.”

Excerpt from Names at Reflection Riding Have Botanical Significance by John A. Chambliss.

Shenstone Landskip around 1940

Shenstone Landskip around 1940

Shenstone Landskip 2014

Shenstone Landskip 2014

 

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