Tennessee to unveil Pie in the Sky Trail in Chattanooga
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – Chattanooga will soon be the setting off point of one of the Discover Tennessee Trials and Byways.
On Thursday, state tourism officials will join local representatives at the Chattanooga Visitor's Center Downtown to cut the ribbon on the Pie in the Sky Trail.
The Pie in the Sky Trial begins and ends in the Scenic City and will take travelers on a scenic tour of southeast Tennessee.
Stops along the trail include the Tennessee Aquarium, Ruby Falls, the Dunlop Coke Ovens, the Scopes Trial Museum in Dayton, the Fiery Gizzard Trail near Tracy and the Monteagle Inn.
Tennessee is creating 16 Discover Tennessee Trials and Byways that will highlight all the hidden gems the Volunteer State has to offer.
About the Pie in the Sky Trail:
The Pie in the Sky Trail traverses Tennessee's southeast corner and provides access to not only some of the state's most intriguing history but to some of its most otherworldly attractions, both natural and manmade.
The trail begins in downtown Chattanooga at the Tennessee Aquarium, where you can experience creatures under the sea or take a tour of 26 scenic miles of the adjacent Tennessee River aboard the River Gorge Explorer. Next, head to the Creative Discovery Museum for hands-on play or see the finest collection of American art in the southeast at the Hunter Museum of American Art. Visit the Bluff View Art District if you want to take some artwork home or turn out for the Chattanooga Symphony at the historic Tivoli Theatre. And before you leave town, be certain to visit the world-renowned cavern cascade of Ruby Falls and see the views from Rock City Gardens.
Then head north on scenic Route 127 through the Sequatchie Valley. Stop by the Dunlop Coke Ovens Historic Site to learn how Tennessee coal was converted to industrial coke for iron smelting. While you're driving 127, be sure to check out some of the goods along the World's Longest Yard Sale in August. Take a quick side trip to Dayton to visit the Scopes Trial Museum, and learn about the "Monkey Trials" that inspired the classic movie "Inherit the Wind."
Then head west to McMinnville, and see Tennessee's largest show cave at Cumberland Caverns, which were discovered exactly 200 years ago. While you're in town, check out the 10,000-square-foot Victorian mansion of Falcon Rest, and then head north to Rock Island State Park and see the Great Falls of the Caney Fork River.
For more outdoor fun, visit the Fiery Gizzard Trail in the South Cumberland Recreation Area near Tracy and hike the 17-mile trek past waterfalls, panoramic overlooks and through rocky gorges. See more southeast Tennessee beauty at the Prentice Cooper State Forest, located on the Tennessee River Gorge just outside Chattanooga.
Before you head back into the city, be sure to spend an afternoon in Monteagle, which is perhaps most famous for the 900-foot ascent and descent that I-24 makes here. It is also home to the beautiful Monteagle Inn. Just down the road in Tracy City, you can enjoy sumptuous treats at the oldest family-owned bakery in Tennessee, The Dutch Maid. Also, be sure to check out the scenic and historic campus of the University of the South in neighboring Sewanee before returning to the beautiful river city of Chattanooga.
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