Lost Sea Cave
Located 23 miles from Hornsby Hollow Campground headed towards Sweetwater.
The Lost Sea is America’s largest underground lake and Registered National Landmark located in beautiful Sweetwater, Tennessee. Your Lost Sea adventure begins with a guided tour of the caverns. This involves a ¾ mile round-trip walk on wide sloping pathways. While touring the caverns and underground lake, guides will tell of the cavern’s exciting and colorful history. They will also explain the fascinating geological development of the immense cavern rooms and rare formations. At the bottom of the cave you will board a glass-bottom boat for an exciting trip on the Lost Sea, America’s Largest underground lake.
Mayfield Dairy Tour
Located 23 miles from Hornsby Hollow Campground headed towards Athens.
In 1910, when T.B. Mayfield Jr. purchased 45 Jersey cows and began delivering milk to customers in his hometown of Athens, Tennessee, little did he know that four generations later, his family milk and ice cream business would become one of the nation's favorite dairy brands.
After T.B. Jr. retired, the next generation of the Mayfield family picked up where he left off, and in 1950, under the leadership of owners Thomas B. Mayfield III and C. Scott Mayfield Sr., we build the Southeast's most modern milk plant. Today, Mayfield is one of the nation's leading dairies, using advanced technology to bring the best products and innovative packaging to our customers.
See for yourself how your favorite Mayfield products are made with a fun and educational behind-the-scenes tour! Visit them in Athens, Tennessee - where it all began for Mayfield, to learn how their delicious milk makes it from their dairy to your fridge.
Sweetwater Valley Farms Cheese Tour
Located 26 miles from Hornsby Hollow Campground headed towards Philadelphia.
While today’s Sweetwater Valley Farm cheese is produced in a state-of-the-art facility, owner John Harrison has preserved the fine art and craft of making cheese in the traditional farmstead manner in which they control the process from cow to consumer in order to create high-quality cheddar cheese.
Plan to stop by the farm store to see where their fine cheeses are made and to sample one of the award-winning cheddars. Go on one of the farm excursions to experience a working dairy farm. Visit their new agritourism barn display, The UdderStory, an adventure in dairy farming and learn about the past, present, and future of dairying.
Take a Dairy Farm Walking Excursions. Farm excursions include a short talk of their “cows to cheese” process and then a trip to the farm to see the calves, cows, and milking process.
Ozone Falls Hiking Trail
Located 39 miles from Hornsby Hollow Campground headed towards Rockwood.
Ozone Falls is a 43-acre natural area in Cumberland County. It plunges 110 feet over a sandstone cap rock into a deep blue, rock-strewn pool. Fall Creek then disappears underground until it re-emerges several feet downstream. An impressive rock house “amphitheater” can be seen behind the falls that was created over geologic time by wind, water, freeze/thaw, and erosion. Because of its picturesque beauty and easy access, Ozone Falls was selected for filming scenes for the movie “Jungle Book.
The stream contains many huge boulders, some the size of houses, and many small placid pools. A rugged ¾-mile trail begins along the bluff near the falls and then descends into the gorge passing a small rock house called Gamblers Den. The trail follows Fall Creek to the confluence with Renfro Creek where hikers must backtrack to return to the trailhead. Ozone Falls is situated on the eastern edge of the Crab Orchard Mountains on the Cumberland Plateau. Legend has it that the area was named “Ozone” because of the “stimulating quality of the air” created by the mist that is generated after the long plunge of the water. In the 1800’s, grist and sawmills had been built above the falls. The last one was washed over the falls during a spring flood in 1900.
Black Mountain Hiking Trail
Located 39 miles from Hornsby Hollow Campground headed towards Rockwood. (Close to Ozone Falls)
Black Mountain is a high-elevation site that serves as midpoint of the linear Cumberland Trail State Park. A hard-surfaced parking area connect hikers to the Cumberland Trail. Ecologically, Black Mountain is well-known for several rare native plants found there. It is also known for its disjunctive, southernmost populations of northern species, such as Showy Lady's Slipper orchid and Yellow Birch. We recommend hiking the 700-foot connector trail. More intrepid/mobile travelers can access even more via the Cumberland Trail itself. Currently, the Grassy Cove segment has two miles of trail open on Black Mountain, plus a 1.7-mile loop on top of the mountain. The two-mile section goes from the Black Mountain trailhead down the western slope of Black Mountain to Windless Cave.
Laurel-Snow Pocket Hiking Trail
Located 38 miles from Hornsby Hollow Campground headed towards Dayton.
Laurel-Snow is a 2,259-acre natural area located in Rhea County. The site is named after two scenic waterfalls, Laurel Falls (80 feet) and Snow Falls (35 feet), and features two prominent overlooks, Buzzard Point and Bryan Overlook (also known as Raven Point). The natural area also has scenic creeks, steep gorges, geologic features, a small stand of virgin timber, and a wide variety of plants. The trail forks after about 1.5 miles of hiking into the natural area beside Richland Creek. You can reach Buzzard Point and Snow Falls by following the trail as it forks to the left going west. The trail to the right leads to Laurel Snow Falls and then eventually climbs to the top of the falls. The distance for both trails is about 8 miles round trip. The land use history of this area remains evident in places. Logging and deep mining took place in some portions of the area in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Some remnants of the mining activities can still be seen along the trail near the parking area. Part of Richland Creek was dammed to serve as the Dayton Reservoir and was once the water supply for the town of Dayton. The low dam across the stream can still be seen, although water is no longer collected here for the town. The Laurel-Snow trail was the first National Recreation Trail designated in Tennessee. Laurel-Snow State Natural Area is part of the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail, and the area includes trailhead parking and an open section of the Cumberland Trail. The Cumberland Trail, the state's only linear state park, when completed will be 300 miles in length cutting through 11 Tennessee counties from the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park on the Tennessee-Virginia-Kentucky border to the Signal Point near Chattanooga.
Cherokee Removal Memorial Park
423-339-2769 6800 Blyth Ferry Lane, Birchwood, TN 37308
Cherokee Removal Memorial Park is a multipurpose facility dedicated to those that died and those that cried in what has become known as the "Trail of Tears". Today we are champions of human rights and oppose the practice of ethnic cleansing. However, we have a chapter in our history involving the removal of the Five Civilized Tribes from the southeastern US to make land available for white settlement. The park is intended to interpret and educate the public about the forced removal of the Cherokees from their ancestral land as well as inform them about the unique wildlife in the area, and provide recreational opportunities. The Park is located at the mouth of the Hiwassee River where it joins the Tennessee River which has been a significant cross road for development of Indian culture for centuries. The project is a partnership between: Meigs County TN, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, National Park Service and Friends of the Cherokee a non-profit organization. The National Park Service identified Blythe Ferry as a major site for interpretation on the National Trail of Tears and developed a comprehensive conceptual plan for the Park.