Mountain Goat Trail, Monteagle, TN

The Mountain Goat Trail is a rail to trail community outdoor recreation project to convert an abandoned railroad right-of-way into a multi-use recreational corridor between Grundy and Franklin Counties on the Cumberland Plateau in Middle Tennessee.

The first phase, 1.8 miles from Sewanee to St. Andrew’s, was completed through the efforts of Ian Prunty. In 2001, Ian, a senior at SAS, received word that his three plus year effort since 1997 to get funding for a bicycle and pedestrian trail on the “Mountain Goat Railroad” right-of-way had been successful. After a visit to the proposed site by Governor Don Sundquist, the county was awarded a $50,000 grant, with $10,000 to be raised locally. After the story was featured in the SAS alumni magazine, Richard Manship, a SAS trustee, made the donation to the project, which qualified the trail for matching funds.

The City of Monteagle and the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance hired Farmer|Morgan to design the second phase, 2.9 miles from St. Andrews to Monteagle, of the Mountain Goat Trail. Plans are currently under TDOT review and the construction bidding phase is expected to begin in the fall of 2011.

Location: Monteagle, TN
Size: approximately 3 miles
Type: Greenway- Rails to Trails
Year: 2010

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