The Monteagle Mountain area is comprised of Grundy and Marion counties. Grundy County, created in 1844 from Coffee, Warren and Franklin counties was named in honor of Felix Grundy (1777-1840), Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, U.S. Congressman and Senator from Tennessee, U.S. Attorney General under President Martin Van Buren. Marion County, created in 1817 from Indian lands was named in honor of Francis Marion (1732-1795), Continental and Revolutionary War officer who guerilla tactics in the Revolutionary War won him the title “Swamp Fox.”
Fun Things to See and Do...
South Cumberland State Park
11745 US Hwy 41
South Cumberland is composed of over 30,845 acres in nine separate areas, five of which are natural areas. The Visitors Center on State Hwy 41 between Monteagle and Tracy City has interpretive exhibits and information on each component of the park. Stone Door and Savage Gulf contain spectacular vistas, waterfalls, and many miles
tof hiking and backpacking trails among beautiful forests. The Fiery Gizzard Trail connects Grundy Forest and Foster Falls. Hikers may observe nature, swim in
Fiery Gizzard Creek and enjoy one of the nation’s most outstanding trails. Carter State Natural Area is part of a unique 18,000-acre enclosed valley sinkhole named Lost Cove. Sewanee Natural Bridge is a remarkable sandstone arch overlooking Lost Cove. Grundy Lakes, a day-use area near Tracy City, provides swimming, picnicking, fishing, hiking and a view of 19th century Coke Ovens. There are more than 100 backcountry campsites scattered throughout the South Cumberland. Reservations for camping are required and can be made online.