About Marion County
Physically defined by the incredible Tennessee River Gorge, Nickajack Reservoir and the lower Sequatchie Valley, Marion County is a region of rich contrasts. For fantastic views of the 'Grand Canyon of the Tennessee', check out Prentice Cooper State Park on Signal Mountain (Walden's Ridge). TVA's Raccoon Mountain Pump Storage Project offers visitors a breathtaking overlook of the gorge and an underground tour of this unique hydroelectric facility. Great views can also be had from the water on Nickajack Lake as it winds from Nickajack Dam through the gorge.
This stretch of the Tennessee River system is famous for its annual Fall Color Cruise, as fleets of pleasure boaters pass through the gorge and assemble at Shellmound Recreation Area for festivities. Fishing on Nickajack is first-rate, with largemouth bass, hulking catfish and platter-sized panfish as the main attraction. Several marinas and tackle shops offer good advice and rental boats. West of Nickajack Lake lays South Pittsburg, which is about 2 miles off I-24. The old downtown area contains historic buildings from the time when iron manufacturing was the backbone of the local economy.
Ten miles up the road, you'll find the pleasant town of Jasper in the Sequatchie Valley. This area offers the very best in 'Sunday drive' opportunities, as state and county roads amble through the unique landscape. Marion County is a member of the governor's prestigious Three Star Program.
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