What is the Mountain Goat Trail?
From 1856 to 1985, the Mountain Goat Railroad carried coal and passengers between Palmer and Cowan in Grundy and Franklin Counties of the Cumberland Plateau. It was named the Mountain Goat because the climb onto the Plateau was one of the steepest railroad ascents in the world.
Now, the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance is seeking to reclaim the path of the railroad. Working with local governments and other interested groups, the Alliance’s mission is to turn the old railroad bed into a multiuse recreational path. When finished, the 35-plus-mile trail will connect seven towns in two counties, offering health, recreational, and economic benefits to the area.
How much of the Trail is accessible now?
The section in green above between Sewanee and Monteagle is paved and accessible. This almost five-mile stretch sees consistent use from walkers, runners, cyclists, and canine friends.
In addition, three miles in Tracy City, also in green, are open. Sections in Monteagle between the DuBose Center and Cumberland Bible Chapel allow for extended walks and rides within the town limits.
Where can the Trail be accessed?
The Sewanee-Monteagle section of the trail begins in downtown Sewanee and ends at Mountain Outfitters in Monteagle.
The best place to park in Sewanee is in the gravel lot on Highway 41A at Hawkins Lane.
In Monteagle, we recommend parking at Mountain Outfitters or Monteagle City Hall to access the Trail.
In Tracy City, the trail can best be accessed from downtown or from Tracy City Elementary School.