The Cumberland Plateau is home to countless sinking streams and springs. The Boils in Jackson County is one such spring and has the highest discharge of any spring in Tennessee. The water comes from the channel’s side along with three large holes on it’s floor. In times of high water, after it rains, the up-well has enough force that the water appears to be boiling… hints the name.
The Boils Wildlife Management Area includes a small parking lot with a short walk over to the Roaring River where the bubbling effect from the spring can be seen. Great Blue Herons, Belted Kingfishers can be seen wading along the river along with forest birds like Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, and chickadees and titmice. Check it out!