Land Trust For Tennessee And Mountain Goat Trail Alliance Host Sneak-Peek Hike

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Land Trust for Tennessee and the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance are co-hosting  a summer hike to give locals a sneak peek of a soon-to-be protected property that adds 20 miles to the Mountain Goat Trail (MGT) project.  The hike will also celebrate the enhancement of local outdoor recreation, the conservation of our natural wonders and the way of life on the mountain.  

The hike will take place on Saturday, August 2 at 9 a.m.  Starting location will be St. Mary’s Sewanee, 770 St. Mary’s Lane; Sewanee, TN 37375. Below are the details for each hike:

HIKE I: Easy – 2 hours; walk along the CSX property and get a sneak peek into what The Land Trust plans to do with the soon-to-be acquired property.

HIKE II: Moderate – 6 hours; walk 4 miles to the Cowan Tunnel; watch the train go through the mountain from the CSX land we are acquiring; walk past Hawkins Cove State Natural area. There will be scenic overlooks and a variety of beautiful terrains.


The MGT is a rail to trail community outdoor recreation project to convert an abandoned railroad bed into a multi-use recreational corridor between Grundy and Franklin Counties on the Cumberland Plateau in Middle Tennessee. This 20-mile addition to the project makes up a large portion of the proposed 35-mile recreational route connecting regional communities.  The Land Trust and the MGTA are partnering to complete the trail by working with willing landowners and communities along the route.

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