Groundbreaking in Tracy City October 23rd

Official groundbreaking ceremonies will be held on Monday, October 23rd for the Downtown Tracy City portion of the Mountain Goat Trail.

The ceremonies will be held at 4:30 in downtown Tracy City, across from the Grundy County Historical Society.

Tracy City Mayor Larry Phipps said, “This will be an exciting day for our town. We’re breaking ground not just on the Mountain Goat Trail, but also on another improvement to Tracy City which will improve our quality of life.”

The 1.2-mile section of the Mountain Goat Trail will extend from Tracy City Elementary School to the town city hall. It is the first of three sections of the trail which have been funded for construction, and which will connect Tracy City to Monteagle with a combined 6.2 miles of paved trail.

“The MGTA is grateful for the chance to assist Tracy City with their Mountain Goat Trail project. We look forward to working with the town as we connect Tracy City to Monteagle over the next two years,” said Nate Wilson, MGTA board president.

The Mountain Goat Trail project is being funded by a TDOT Transportation Enhancement grant. Governor Haslam visited Grundy County in 2014 to present the town with a check representing the grant amount of $603,569. The town has arranged for a loan to provide the 20% cash match for the grant.

Tracy City releases map of Mountain Goat Trail project

To view or download map, click on the photo.

The Town of Tracy City has released a map showing the route of the Downtown Tracy City project, consisting of more than a mile of the Mountain Goat Trail. The paved 10-foot-wide path will connect Tracy City Elementary School with the downtown area of Tracy City. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year.

According to Tracy City Mayor Larry Phipps, the project will benefit the town in a number of ways. “The Mountain Goat Trail will give our residents a safe place to exercise and be outside,” Mayor Phipps said. “It will also give visitors another way to enjoy our town.”

The project is made possible by a $604,000 Transportation Alternatives grant to the town from the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance has provided technical assistance to the town for the grant.

The map was created by Chris Van de Ven of the Landscape Analysis Lab, University of the South.

The project is one of three grants currently funded for the Mountain Goat Trail between Tracy City and Monteagle. The six total miles of trail under the three grants are scheduled to be completed by 2019.

MGTA wins Community Fund grant

(The grant will fund preliminary work on this planned section of the trail, from its current end at Dollar General to Village Wine & Spirits.)

The South Cumberland Community Fund (SCCF) has awarded the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance an $8,000 grant, which will be used for surveying and preliminary engineering on the portion of planned Mountain Goat Trail in Monteagle between its current terminus west of Dollar General and Village Wine & Spirits.

“Since its beginning, the South Cumberland Community Fund has been a strong supporter of the Mountain Goat Trail — this is the third grant they’ve awarded to the MGTA,” said Patrick Dean, MGTA executive director. “We’re very gratified by this latest demonstration of their support. These grant funds will allow us to move forward on one of the most in-demand sections of the Trail, which eventually allow trail users even more access to amenities in Monteagle.”

The South Cumberland Community Fund works to improve the quality of life across the South Cumberland Plateau by increasing philanthropic giving and providing community leadership. More information can be found at

The Mountain Goat Trail will be yarn bombed April 1st!

Yarn bombing, an international movement of knit and crochet graffiti, will arrive at a 3-mile section of the Mountain Goat Trail between Pearl’s Restaurant and downtown Sewanee beginning April 1.

“Yarn bombing is the act of attaching handmade yarn items in unexpected places, such as a street fixture or landschape,” said Sandy Rice, project organizer. “It’s a way to make the world a little brighter and more fun, with no damage to the environment.”

Yarn enthusiasts from Grundy, Marion, and Franklin counties are creating crocheted and knitted items known as tags. They will be displayed along various trees, post, benches, fences and rocks along the Mountain Goat Trail from the project’s grand opening April 1st through approximately the end of May, when Mother Nature will be expected to take over the color display and the tags will be removed.

Parking on April 1 will be available at Mooney’s Market, Pearl’s, and the trail head parking area in Sewanee. There is no admission fee but donations to the sponsoring organizations are happily accepted.

Yarn bombing may have started in Houston, Texas around 2004 with a knitted item placed over a car antennae.  It is now an international movement of knit and crochet graffiti intended to inspire feelings of surprise, joy.  Some bombers may see it as taking a stand against the mass production of goods, others as taking a traditional feminine hobby and elevating it to an art form or bringing a solitary activity to a public forum.  Knitted and crochet items remind the viewer of handcrafted sweaters, scarfs and afghans — soft, warm, comforting, useful.

The Grundy Area Arts Council provides coordination, communication, promotion, and development of cultural activities in Grundy County and the Southern Cumberland. Emphasis is on efforts to reach under-served populations and to support indigenous arts, artists, and resources. To learn more, visit

The project is sponsored by the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance and The Grundy Area Arts Council. For more information, or if you would like to participate by making a tag or donating yarn, please contact project organizer Sandy Rice,

4th Annual Mountain Goat Trail Run & Walk April 8th, 2017


The 4th annual Mountain Goat Trail Run & Walk, sponsored by Mountain Outfitters and the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance, will be held on Saturday, April 8.

Online registration is through UltraSignup until 5:00 pm on Friday, April 7th. Event-day registration Saturday morning will be at Pearl’s (walk) or Angel Park in downtown Sewanee (run) between 9 and 9:30 am. Online entrants will need to check in at the start.

The 5-mile run will begin at 10 am in downtown Sewanee; a 2-mile walk will begin at 10:00 at Pearl’s Foggy Mountain Cafe. Both will finish at Mountain Outfitters in Monteagle. Prizes will be awarded for fastest men’s and women’s times, as well as for best runner’s costume.

Registration is $20 for students; adult registration is $30 until April 1 and $35 on the day of the race. Registration includes Technical T and food at the finish at Mountain Outfitters, provided by Shenanigans.

Prize drawings and presentation of winners are planned after the run.

All proceeds benefit the Mountain Goat Trail.

Mountain Goat Trail Alliance receives Project Diabetes Grant


The orange section in the above map, between Ingman Farm Road and the DuBose Center, is slated for construction of the Mountain Goat Trail using funds from the Project Diabetes grant.

The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance (MGTA) has been awarded a $317,000 grant from the State of Tennessee’s Project Diabetes program to construct a three-mile portion of the trail and to support health initiatives in Grundy County.

“Thanks to the Project Diabetes grant, our Go Grundy Campaign to connect Monteagle and Sewanee is one huge step closer to fruition. We are also excited to partner with the Grundy County Health Council on programs for people of all ages to promote healthy behavior, including using the Mountain Goat Trail for regular exercise,” said Patrick Dean, executive director of the MGTA.

The grant will facilitate construction of the Mountain Goat Trail between DuBose Conference Center and Ingman Farm Road. The MGTA has already received grant funding to build a two-mile section of trail from Ingman Farm to Tracy City Elementary School.

In addition, the grant provides funding to be used to support programs sponsored by the Grundy County Health Council, including school 5K walking and running clubs, adult walking contests, and creation of exercise/nutrition signage on the Trail.

Project Diabetes is a statewide initiative that funds, through the competitive bid process, innovative primary prevention projects to halt the increasing rate of obesity in Tennessee. The fundamental goals of Project Diabetes are to:
• Decrease the prevalence of overweight/obesity across the State and, in turn, prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes and/or the consequences of this devastating disease.
•  Educate the public about current and emerging health issues linked to obesity.
• Promote community, public-private partnerships to identify and solve regional health problems related to obesity.
• Advise and recommend policies and programs that support individual and community health improvement efforts.
• Evaluate effectiveness of improvement efforts that address overweight and obesity.
• Disseminate best practices for obesity prevention and health improvement.

This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee. Click here to learn more about Project Diabetes in Tennessee.

Announcing the Mountain Goat Trail ‘Go Grundy’ Campaign


We’re excited to unveil the MGTA’s Go Grundy campaign! Over the next three years, we plan to reach these goals:

  • Extend the Mountain Goat Trail from Monteagle to Tracy City, enabling walkers and cyclists to travel 13 miles between Tracy City and Sewanee on the Trail
  • Work with our community partners to create and promote events and programs which encourage use of the Trail for healthy activities
  • Create safe walking and biking for schoolchildren along the Trail
The MGTA is committed to raising $150,000 over the next three years, leveraging almost $1 million in private and government funding for the Trail. We’ve already received commitments from the Lyndhurst Foundation, the Recreational Trails Program, and the Sewanee Community Chest, among many others.
The Downtown Tracy City section is being funded by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives program, with the Town of Tracy City providing the match.
The Tracy City Phase 2 section is being funded by a Recreational Trails Program grant awarded to the MGTA by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, with the MGTA providing the match.

The Monteagle-Tracy City segment is being funded by a Project Diabetes grant to the MGTA.

Donations to the MGTA will support the Go Grundy program. Watch for more updates and announcements coming very soon!

Lyndhurst Foundation Awards $90,000 Grant to the MGTA



The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance has been awarded a $90,000 grant from the Lyndhurst Foundation of Chattanooga. The grant will be used to support the MGTA’s programs of railbed acquisition and trail construction in Grundy County.

“The Lyndhurst Foundation has been a supporter of the Mountain Goat Trail since the MGTA’s beginning. We are heartened to know that our efforts to connect communities along the Mountain Goat Trail have engendered such a strong vote of confidence as we plan our next steps,” said Nate Wilson, MGTA board president.

“The Lyndhurst trustees are very excited about the expansion of the Mountain Goat Trail,” said Bruz Clark, president of the foundation. “This project incorporates all of the elements we look for in a trail or greenway investment, including connectivity, conservation, physical activity, economic development, an enhanced sense of community, and creative placemaking. We are especially pleased that school children will be able to benefit from the next phase of trail development.”

The Lyndhurst Foundation identifies and invests in initiatives, institutions, people and programs that contribute to the long-term livability and resilience of the greater Chattanooga region. For more information visit

Mountain Goat Trail receives $1000 from the New York Life Foundation



MGTA Executive Director Patrick Dean receives $1000 award from Lynn Cimino-Hurt on behalf of the New York Life Foundation

SEWANEE TN, November 18, 2015 — The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance announced today that it has been awarded a New York Life Foundation’s Volunteers for Good – Individual Grant in the amount of $1000 to recognize the volunteer service of Lynn Cimino-Hurt. She has been a longtime supporter of the MGTA. This grant program encourages and supports the volunteer involvement of New York Life employees, agents and retirees with community-based nonprofit organizations.

“Lynn Cimino-Hurt has been instrumental in assisting our organization,” said Nate Wilson, board president of MGTA. “We are very grateful to the New York Life Foundation for this grant to support our work in the community.”

“I am pleased to be able to help the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance in its fundraising efforts,” said Lynn, a volunteer from New York Life’s Cimino Hurt Financial Group LLC office. “This organization is making a difference and I’m pleased that the company supports my volunteer service.”

New York Life develops and promotes volunteer opportunities for their agents, employees and retirees though Volunteers for Good so they may contribute their time and expertise to help meet community needs. Volunteers for Good grants recognize and encourage their ongoing involvement with nonprofit organizations.

About The New York Life Foundation
Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided $200 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit

2nd Annual Mountain Goat Trail Run & Walk April 4th


The second annual Mountain Goat Trail Run & Walk, sponsored by Mountain Outfitters and the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance, will be held on April 4.

“Mountain Outfitters has been a supporter of the Mountain Goat Trail since the beginning. We’re excited about the new Monteagle-Sewanee section, and proud to sponsor this race for the second straight year, to raise money and awareness for the trail,” said David Burnett, owner of Mountain Outfitters.

The 5-mile run will begin at 10 am in downtown Sewanee; a 2-mile walk will begin at 10:00 at Pearl’s Foggy Mountan Cafe. Both will finish at Mountain Outfitters in Monteagle.

Registration is $15 for students; fee for all others is $25 for early registration and $30 the day of the race. Registration forms are available at Mountain Outfitters and online at

Food and drink vendors will be available at the finish at Mountain Outfitters. Live music and drawings are planned for after the run & walk…

For more information, call Mountain Outfitters at 931-924-4100 or email or