Zahnd Natural Area

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Zahnd Natural Area


(706) 295-6041

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The Zahnd Natural Area in Walker County covers some 1,380 acres of the Cumberland Plateau physiographic region. Zahnd sits on the eastern edge of Lookout Mountain and across McLemore Cove from Pigeon Mountain.

The Zahnd family donated the original 163 acres to the state in 1940. Another 1,208 acres were bought in 2003 from the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia using money from the state's Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund and the State Wildlife Grants Program.

The original tract contains a number of spectacular sandstone rock formations similar to those found in the better-known Rock Town at Pigeon Mountain. The newer tract has large sandstone bluffs on the brow of Lookout Mountain, several waterfalls (except during dry periods) and three caves.

Zahnd is dominated by the oak-hickory forests typical of the Cumberland Plateau, but it also has drier pine stands and more moist hardwoods. Rare species known from Zahnd include the Ozark bunchflower and green salamander, both state-listed as rare; the mountain witch-alder, which is state-listed as threatened; and granite gooseberry.

Popular activities at the natural area include hiking, hunting, rock climbing, bird watching and nature study. Camping, horseback riding and use of ATVs or mountain bikes is not permitted.

Map of Zahnd Natural Area (GA)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.676841, -85.456209



  • Hunting

    This is a 1,400 acre Natural Area open to hunting according to the following regulations and conditions: Deer - Archery (Either Sex): Sept. 13-Jan. 1; Sign-In. Bear-Archery: Sept. 13-Dec. 7; Sign-In. Turkey - Mar. 21-May 15; Sign-In. Small Game & Furbearers - Aug. 15-Sept. 12, Jan. 2-Feb. 28.



DIRECTIONS FROM CLOUDLAND: Take Hwy 157 north 8.2 miles; turn right on Dougherty Gap Rd and go 3.5 miles; Dougherty Gap Rd becomes West Cove Rd.; Continue straight for 3.5 miles; Turn left on S. Cedar Lane to end of road.

Phone Numbers


(706) 295-6041