Lone Mountain State Forest
Managed by the TN Dept. of Agriculture through the Forestry Department, this state forest consists of over 3,600 acres which mainly covers a ridge style mountain which rises to an elevation of 2,530 feet. Part of the Crab Orchard Mountains, this mountain range rises atop of the Cumberland Plateau just west of the plateau’s Walden Ridge mountain line. The eastern base of the mountain is formed by the Emory River, which runs from the top of nearby Bird Mountain all the way to Watts Bar Lake. On the northern side of the mountain is Crooked Fork, a tributary of the Emory River, and Bitter Creek runs along a large portion of the mountain eastern base.
In 2005, Lone Mountain was named #25 in the top 50 most prominent mountains in Tennessee over 1,000 feet. The mountain, sitting alone in isolation, rises above the Cumberland Plateau which makes it very easily identifiable and unique.
Trails on Lone Mountain
Lone Mountain has become a magnet for horseback riders, as well as hiking and mountain biking. The mountain has approximately 15 miles of trails, with the most popular trail leading to Coyote Point, an overlook on the south side of the mountain right below the summit.
The Coyote Point overlook provides a clear view of the Crab Orchard Mountains, as well as nearby Little Brushy and Brushy Mountains, and on clear days a view of the Smoky Mountains in the distance.
Horseback riders will find very accomodating trails, will well-equipped watering holes and hitching posts. The main trailhead is located on Clayton Howard Road off of Hwy 27 approximately 3 miles south of Wartburg.
History of Lone Mountain
Lone Mountain State Forest was created from lands donated by the Lone Mountain Land Company in 1938 and also by land purchased through the Morgan County Chancery Court in 1939. Until 1970, it was managed as part of Morgan State Forest, then it became an independent state forest. The State Forestry Division manages the land now, largely leaving things as is in order to allow a natural forest landscape.