About the Watershed

 The Stones River Watershed Association was founded in April of 2003 at an initial meeting of about 25 people who shared an interest in water quality, wetlands, environmental education and water-based recreation. The organization was created by transforming and renaming the Black Fox Wetlands League, which had formed in 1990 to protect a single small water resource.

Since its founding, the SRWA has concentrated on building partnerships with public agencies and related non-profit organizations that share a commitment to water resource protection, fostering public interest in recreational use of our rivers, collaborating with schools and teachers in delivering quality environmental education, developing expertise in the assessment and restoration of river corridors, and networking with sister organizations in other watersheds. 

Our Watershed at a Glance


The headwaters of the Stones River Watershed start in the high regions of Cannon County and drain into Rutherford County and parts of Wilson County and eventually flow into the Cumberland River located in Nashville in Davidson County.   It covers approximately 921 square miles. Included in this area are 1,031 stream miles and 22,691 acres of lakes. Approximately 209 miles of streams are designated as impaired, or are impacted negatively by pollution or alteration.

The Stones River Watershed is part of 14 other watersheds that make up the Cumberland River Basin.

Natural Areas

There are 12 designated State Natural Areas in the Stones River Watershed.

  1. Cedars of Lebanon (State Forest,  State Natural Area, State Park)
  2. Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade State Natural Area
  3. Fate Sanders Barrens Designated State Natural Area
  4. Long Hunter State Park
  5. Mount View Glade State Natural Area.
  6. Percy Priest Reservoir
  7. Short Mountain State Natural Area
  8. Stones River Cedar Glade State Natural Area
  9. Stones River Greenway
  10. Sunnybell Cedar Glade State Natural Area
  11. Vesta Cedar Glade State Natural Area
  12. Walterhill Floodplain State Natural Area

What animals live here?

There are numerous species that also call out watershed home. From birds, to otters, to various fish and dragonflies....even beautiful flowers. Our region is very unique in habitat and underlying rock features which promote the diversity of wildlife and the streams that flow here. 

The Division of Natural Heritage listed 69 rare plant and animal species as part of the important biodiversity we are trying to protect, in addition to many other species you find in our watershed. 



What stream do you live near in the Stones River Watershed? 

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These signs are across Tennessee to educate citizens about their local watersheds. Visit the Guide to Traveling Tennessee's Watersheds