Resting at the Laurels

Tuesday, August 7, 2001 at 1:00am

Tennessee offers so much for those who love the outdoors. And two of the best places where fishermen and hikers can go are close by and have similar names.

Laurel Hill Lake is in Lawrence County and only 90 minutes down the Natchez Trace Parkway. It is a fisherman's paradise and perfect for families. And Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness, which compares favorably to the Savage Gulf State Natural Area and Fiery Gizzard Trail, is just over two hours away near historic Dayton.

The scenic Natchez Trace provides many delights as it meanders through the Tennessee countryside. There are several overlooks, hikes and historic landmarks on the way to Laurel Hill Lake. Even reaching the lake, the soothing drive with views of wild turkey, deer and their fawn, and box turtles and rabbits that cross the old road at different speeds, helps you shift gears from city life to the country state of mind.

Laurel Hill Lake is at the southernmost portion of the 14,000-acre Laurel Hill Wildlife Management Area, managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. With several ponds dedicated to young anglers and their mentors, the stocked waters hold bluegill, bass, catfish, crappie, muskellunge and walleye.

These waters are meant specifically for fishing

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