Monteagle, Tennessee is located between Chattanooga and Music City, USA (Nashville). We are located atop the southern end of the Cumberland Plateau in Grundy County. From our location, you can experience a variety of vacation activities.
From camping, hiking, rock climbing and repelling, to horseback riding, hunting, fishing, cave exploring and swimming under pristine waterfalls. Dine at a number of fine dining establishments or just set at one of our many scenic lookout points and enjoy the view.
The South Cumberland Recreation Area Visitor Center: the Visitor Center provides maps, tourist information and directions to scenic and historical sights throughout Grundy County. Located between Monteagle and Tracy City on Highway 41, this interpretive center is open seven days a week for your convenience and enjoyment. The Recreation Area provides Tennis Courts, Ball Fields, Walking Trails, Play Grounds and Basketball Courts for use by the public. A monthly schedule of events is available at www.friendsofscsra.org/activities.htm.
Grundy Forest Natural Area: approximately 212 acres and offers a beautiful landscape. It provides access to the Fiery Gizzard Trail to Foster Falls and two primitive campsites located along the way.
Fiery Gizzard Trail: a 13 mile trail overlooking Fiery Gizzard Creek. The trail is teaming with a variety of wildlife and an abundance of wildflower species. Don’t forget your camera.
Savage Gulf State Natural Area: provides more than 11,500 acres of bluffs, timber, trails and numerous waterfalls. A 55 mile trail system offers much to the curious nature lover.
The Great Stone Door: an amazing 100 feet crevice at the crest of the Cumberland Plateau, leading to the savage trail complex.
The Old Stone Bridges: built between 1905 and 1920. During this time Grundy County constructed a number of hand-cut stone arch highway bridges. Examples of 20th century architecture can be found at Gruetli and Flat Branch.
The Old Coke Ovens: constructed in 1873 were formerly used for making coke for the smelting of iron ore and operated with prison labor. These ovens were in operation for 23 years.
Grundy Lakes State Park: invites visitors to view the Lone Rock Coke Ovens. A beach and swimming area along with picnicking, fishing, boating, and hiking trails can entertain anyone interested in the outdoors.
Wildflower Garden: Is located in Beersheba Springs. A floral event is offered during the spring months.
National Cornbread Festival: Held during the last weekend in April. People from all over the country flock to nearby South Pittsburg, Tennessee each year for this festival. Come and enjoy music, food, arts & crafts, games & rides, and of course, the cornbread. www.nationalcornbread.com
Savage Gulf Wildflower Arts and Crafts Festival: Held at the Junction of Hwy 56 & Hwy 108. Held the first weekend in May.
Thunder on the Rock: This is a multi-day Music Festival and Bike Rally held during Memorial Day weekend. The event is held on a farm in Monteagle. Great music acts and thousands of bikers make this a great event to attend. www.thunderontherock.net
Bonnaroo Music Festival: Held on a farm in nearby Manchester, Tennessee, Bonnaroo brings together music lovers from all over the country for a great 3 day event. The dates are usually in June and are announced in January on the Bonnaroo website. From 80,000 to 100,000 people attend to hear 30-40 musical and comedy acts perform. www.bonnaroo.com
Fishing Rodeo: Held at the Grundy Lakes State Park. This event brings many of the avid fishermen, both young and old, from around the county.
Monteagle July 4th Celebration: Held during the weekend on or before July 4th. Parade, music, food and games for the whole family with fireworks at night.
Monteagle Arts and Crafts Show: held at Hanna Pickett Park behind Monteagle City Hall during the last weekend in July. The show offers handcrafted goods, music and homemade food.
Grundy Swiss Historical Society: this organization holds an annual festival with a tour of the Swiss Colony, entertainment, and lots more. Held at the Swiss Memorial School the last Saturday of July.
Beersheba Arts and Crafts Show: held at the Methodist Assembly at Beersheba Springs. Handcrafted goods are featured at this unique show during the 4th weekend in August.
Mountaineer’s Day: held the 2nd weekend in September, offering the visitor a variety of sights—such as animal judging, beauty contest, country and gospel music, and games.
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Nature and History Programs: A variety of enjoyable and informative programs led or given by the Naturalist and Rangers of South Cumberland Recreation Area. A monthly schedule of events is available at www.friendsofscsra.org/activities.htm.
Information was compiled and produced by TVA and was
sponsored by the Grundy County Tourism Association