Enjoy The Beautiful Outdoors in Marion County
From rock climbing to hiking and fishing, Marion County has much to offer the outdoor enthusiast!
Denny Cove in Marion County is now part of South Cumberland State Park. The beautiful natural area offers rock climbing, hiking, scenic views and a gorgeous waterfall, Denny Falls. The rock climbing organizations, Southeastern Climbers Coalition and The Access Fund, worked alongside The Conservation Fund and Land Trust for Tennessee for nearly five years to acquire Denny Cove. Denny Cove already offers approximately 150 climbing routes at this time. The unique sandstone offers routes of all grades and ability levels and boasts a wide variety of terrain—from long overhanging walls to massive roofs, slabs, cracks, and corners. Note that this area is only open on the weekends, Saturdays and Sundays and that the gate will close 30 minutes after sunset Central Time. Please read the usage details here when planning your trip to Denny Cove.
foster falls - tva small wild area
Foster Falls Small Wild Area (SWA) located in Marion County, TN consists of approximately 178 acres. It is a focal point and a drawing card for thousands of outdoor enthusiasts that seek recreational opportunities in the South Cumberland State Recreation Area. Activities include rock climbing, hiking and camping.
TVA provides picnic facilities and a campground for overnight visitors. Facilities include restrooms, a picnic pavilion managed by the TVA resident manager, a handicap accessible boardwalk, viewing platform and a wooded picnic area. Learn more about Foster Falls.
Hales Bar Marina and Resort
Hales Bar Marina and Resort rests in a stunning seventy-four (74) acre park. It is a full-service marina and RV/cabin resort by the beautiful Nickajack Lake located at 1265 Hales Bar Rd., Guild, Tennessee, 37340 at mile marker 431.1L. Services offered include boat rentals, floating and land cabin rentals, mini golf, and outdoor pavilion for parties.
For more information, visit Hales Bar Marina.
Little Cedar Mountain Small Wild Area Trail
Little Cedar Mountain Trail is located about 3 miles northwest of Nickajack Dam. One of the few TVA trails that is rated difficult because of steep climbs and trail length. But don’t let that stop you, because the view from the overlook is well worth the trek. There is a vernal pond there, meaning that the pond goes dry and it does not support fish. It does support some amphibians though, so expect to see frogs and salamanders. Along the way, you can see an old stone wall that at one time stretched several miles along the shoreline.
The LCM trail is 3 mile loop with a connecting pond trail that is 1 mile long.
Marion County Park
Located in the Nickajack Reservoir, this campground is perfect for families! The campground includes tent and RV sites, boat ramp and recreational activities such as swimming, boating and fishing. The park includes a pavilion and stage that can be rented. For more information visit them on Facebook.
Prentice Cooper State Forest and Wildlife area
Nearly 26,000 acres of protected forest in Marion County are available to the public for activities such as hiking, camping, rock climbing, horseback riding, hunting and fishing. The area is open daily during daylight hours, sunrise to sunset. Learn more about visiting Prentice Cooper.
Sequatchie Cave Class II Natural-Scientific State Natural Area
"Sequatchie Cave Natural Area is home to two aquatic species found exclusively at this location and one other within the Sequatchie Valley: the royal snail and Sequatchie caddisfly." – Jenni Frankenberg Veal
For more information visit Sequatchie Cave State Natural Area or call the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation at 615 532 0431.
Sequatchie Cove Farm
Sequatchie Cove Farm is a diversified farm of 300 acres nestled in the shadows of the Cumberland Plateau, located 35 minutes northwest of downtown Chattanooga. The farm is bordered by the Little Sequatchie River and is surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine Tennessee wilderness. The farm is run by Bill and Miriam Keener, Kelsey and Ashley Keener, Miriam’s parents Jim and Emily Wright, and an assortment of seasonal helpers from our community and beyond. Learn more about Sequatchie Cove Farm.
Sweetens Cove Golf Club
Sweetens Cove Golf Club, the hand-crafted masterpiece by King-Collins Golf Course Design, is considered by multiple architecture critics as being the best nine-hole golf course in the United States. In addition, Sweetens Cove received the highest average rating of ALL golf courses in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, & Louisiana in The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses, v. 2.
"I have never had more people tell me to play a course than Sweetens Cove in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee. Once you begin your round, you find course conditions that would rival many of the top courses in the country. The massive undulating greens are smooth as glass and very firm. The fairways are fast and cut tight, similar to what you’d find in the UK and the bunkers are all in excellent shape. After a few holes you realize the caliber of championship golf and think, 'I’ve got to tell everyone about this…' At that point you’ve accidentally joined the Sweetens Cove cult." – Graylyn Loomis, Assistant Editor, Links Magazine
For more information, visit Sweetens Cove Golf Club.