Fentress County

The county was established in 1823 from Morgan, Overton, and White counties and is named in honor of James Fentress.

Scenic Sites

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Pogue Creek State Natural Area - Fentress County, TN

Pogue Creek State Natural Area is a 3,000-acre natural area adjacent to Pickett State Forest. The natural area is named for Pogue Creek, which, along with its tributaries, formed and runs through the magnificent gorge that makes this area so special. The bluff line is scenic where exposed reddish orange sandstone forms bands of sheer rock cliffs. In many places very scenic rock houses and sandstone formations occur creating astonishing, picturesque rock structures. The rock houses are habitat for several rare species. There are no currently established trails in this area. It is highly recommended that visitors call the Pickett State Park offices in advance of their visit and schedule a tour if they wish to visit this area.

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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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Colditz Cove State Natural Area - Fentress County, TN

Tennessee’s Colditz Cove State Natural Area is a great day hike and waterfall for trekkers in the vicinity of Rugby, Big South Fork, and Sgt. York State Park. Dropping over 60 feet from a rock ledge, Northrup Falls is one of the most photogenic waterfalls in the Cumberland Plateau. It flows through a scenic narrow gorge along Big Branch Creek amidst some of the largest old growth stands of hemlock and white pines that can be seen in the plateau region.