Window Cliffs is a 275-acre state natural area designated in 2014. It is located in southern Putnam County approximately 18 miles south of Cookeville near Burgess Falls State Natural Area. Located within the dissected portion of the Eastern Highland Rim, Window Cliffs is a prominent geological clifftop feature that consists of a very narrow, elongated ridge that lies in the neck of an incised meander of Cane Creek. While it is about 150 feet wide at its base, it is only a few feet wide on the narrow clifftop 200 feet above Caney Creek. This is a fragile landform underlain by Mississippian and Ordovician aged sedimentary limestone that continues to undergo erosion and dissolution. This geologic process has created the prominent natural bridges or “windows” for which it is named. Its notoriety extends back to the early 19th century when the French Naturalist, Charles Leseur, visited the site and named it “Cane Creek Bluff.” His sketch of the feature is displayed in the La Havre Natural History Museum in France.
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