From 1856 to 1985, the Mountain Goat Railroad carried coal and passengers between Palmer and Cowan in Grundy and Franklin Counties along the Cumberland Plateau. Now the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance (MGTA) is reclaiming the path of the railroad to use as a recreation and scenic path.
The goal is to turn the old railroad bed into a 35-plus-mile multiuse recreational path, offering connectivity, health, recreational and economic benefits to the area.
For over a decade The University of The South community has enjoyed the Sewanee section of the trail.The goal is to connect many Cumberland Plateau communities so everyone can enjoy the benefits of outdoor recreation now and forever and many successes have been achieved to date.
For the latest updates and announcements about the progress of the trail, visit the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance website.
The Land Trust for Tennessee’s Support of this Rails to Trails Project:
To support the building of this important resource, The Land Trust for Tennessee has co-led capital fundraising campaigns, supported land acquisitions, raised matching grants and built relationships with landowners to find solutions to bring the trail through their communities. Since our partnership with MGTA began in 2012, we have:
- Co-led a successful campaign to acquire 28 acres of the former rail-bed needed to complete the trail between Monteagle and Tracy City in 2014.
- Partnered with the Open Space Institute, a private landowner and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to conserve Tunnel Hill, 411 acres of forestland just west of Sewanee. The northern property boundary of the property is a former railroad that will become part of the Trail.
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