Marion County
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Get Outside


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


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 - Photo used with permission from TVA

Foster Falls - Photo used with permission from TVA

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.


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 about Sequatchie Cave State Natural Area, visit or call the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation at 615 532 0431.