Lone Mountain State Forest
You’re Looking At: Lone Mountain (Photo: Brian Stansberry).
Lone Mountain State Forest consists of 3,624 acres atop Lone Mountain and its slopes, and is managed by the TN Dept. of Agriculture. Lone Mountain is one of the 25 most prominent mountains in Tennessee, due to its isolation.
Lone Mountain is located on the western edge of the Crab Orchard Mountains, which are the southern tip of the Cumberland Mountains. The mountain’s western base is formed by the Emory River on its way to Watts Bar Lake along the Tennessee River. The northern base is formed by Crooked Fork, a tributary of the Emory River. Bitter Creek flows along the eastern base of the mountain.
Lone Mountain is located along U.S. Highway 27 between Wartburg, Tenn. and Harriman, Tenn. The community of Mossy Grove is located on the mountain’s eastern base.
Lone Mountain State Forest was created in 1938. Today, it consists of 15 miles of trails, the most popular of which leads to Coyote Point near the summit. The trails are open to horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking. The trailhead is located on Clayton Howard Road just off U.S. Highway 27.