Morgan County

Morgan County was originally created in 1817.

Scenic Sites

Photo of Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area - Fentress, Morgan, Scott Co.

The Big South Fork National River and Recreation area spans 125,000 acres across the Cumberland Plateau, and boasts miles of scenic gorges. The area is also rich for its natural and historical features, and has been developed to provide a number of outdoor activities for visitors. The river also features custom horseback riding trails for pleasure trail riding, hunting trips, anniversary rides, overnight pack trips.

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Rugby State Natural Area - Rugby, TN

This is a 700 acre natural area in and adjacent to the village of Historic Rugby in Morgan County on the Cumberland Plateau. A great place for Hiking, Botanizing, and Birding, the forest includes tulip poplar, red maple, and sourwood with northern red oak, white oak, and hickories scattered throughout. White pine and Virginia pine can also be observed, with occasional damage observed from the Southern pine beetle infestation some years ago. American beech is present on both north and south facing lower slopes.

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Lilly Bluff Overlook - Obed, TN

Managed by the National Park Service, the Obed Wild and Scenic River Lily Bluff Overlook is just a short walk through the woods from the parking lot and boasts an excellent boardwalk to the edge of the bluffs overlooking the river. The park also has opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, camping and many hiking trails. Park headquarters and visitor center is located in downtown Wartburg. Birding, Botanizing, Scenic Views, Interpretation of natural and cultural heritage, special events and ranger-guided programs. The cliffs nearby are very popular for rock climbers. Restrooms and ample parking can be found at this site. Nearby Wartburg offers amenities as well as the park visitor center and headquarters.