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Overton Park’s Old Forest is the only old-growth forest in the Southeast to be located in an urban environment. This ecosystem is both a glimpse into the past and a living indication of how humans impact our environment in the present.

The Old Forest is designated as a State Natural Area, permanently protecting it from future development and preserving its ecosystem. Overton Park Conservancy manages the Old Forest State Natural Area under the supervision of the Tennessee Department of Conservation (TDEC) Division of Natural Areas.

Interested in conducting scientific research in the Old Forest? Review the permit process for Designated State Natural Areas and contact us to discuss your work and begin the permit process.