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Meigs County, TN FAQs

  • established in 1836 and named in honor of Return J. Meigs, Jr., a United States Senator and Governor of Tennessee
  • was originally part of the Cherokee Nation, and the Cherokee ceded the land to the United States in 1819.
  • In the 19th century, Meigs County was primarily a farming community, with cotton and tobacco being the primary crops
  • During the Civil War, the county was the site of several skirmishes and raids, including a raid by Confederate General Joseph Wheeler in 1863.

Meigs County is home to several notable landmarks, including:

  1. The Meigs County Courthouse 
    • A historic building, located in downtown Decatur
    • built in 1904 and features classic architecture

  2. The Hiwassee River Rail Adventure
    • his scenic train ride takes passengers through the beautiful Hiwassee River Gorge and is a popular attraction for tourists

  3. The Watts Bar Dam
    • This hydroelectric dam spans the Tennessee River
      the largest TVA hydroelectric facility in the Tennessee Valley

  4. The Cherokee Removal Memorial Park
    • located near the Hiwassee River
    • commemorates the forced removal of the Cherokee from their ancestral lands in 1838, an event known as the Trail of Tears.

  5. The Piney Point Recreation Area
    • located on Watts Bar Lake and offers camping, fishing, boating, and other recreational activities.

  6. The Meigs County Historical Museum
    • located in downtown Decatur and features exhibits on the history of Meigs County, including artifacts from the Civil War era

  7. The Morris Vineyard and Tennessee Mountainview Winery
    • this family-owned winery is located in the scenic mountains of Meigs County and offers tastings and tours of its vineyard and winery.
  1. Fishing and boating – Meigs County is home to several lakes and rivers, including the Hiwassee River and Watts Bar Lake, which offer excellent fishing and boating opportunities.
  2. Hiking and camping – The county has several parks and trails, including the Piney Point Recreation Area, which offers hiking and camping opportunities.
  3. Water sports – Visitors can enjoy water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing on the lakes and rivers in the county.
  4. Hunting – The county has several wildlife management areas that offer hunting opportunities for deer, turkey, and other game.
  5. Scenic drives – Meigs County is located in a beautiful part of the state and offers several scenic drives, including the Cherohala Skyway and the Hiwassee River Scenic Route.
  6. Golf – The county has several golf courses, including the Dayton Golf & Country Club and the Lakehaven Golf & Country Club.
  7. Festivals and events – Meigs County is home to several annual festivals and events, including the Meigs County Fair and the Hiwassee River Bluegrass Festival.
  8. Horseback riding – Visitors can enjoy horseback riding through the scenic countryside of Meigs County.
  9. Shopping and dining – The county has several shopping and dining options, including locally owned restaurants and boutique shops.

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