Cowan to Tracy City

The Tracy City Branch


Map submitted by Mike Fromholt.

GOOGLE MAPS no longer available: With apologies, I am unable to continue showing Google Maps. Google has forced my hand by increasing their map usage fee from nothing/free to OVER $300 A MONTH for the Abandoned Rails website! This is an expense that I simply cannot afford. Rest assured I am looking at available open source alternatives, so maps should be back online soon!

Greg Harrison

This rail also extended to a coal mine at Palmer.

Wade Edwards
Murfreesboro, TN


The locals called the line the "(Mountain) Goat line" and in its day a student could travel from Cowan to the University of the South in Sewanee. I thought the line went on at least as far as Coalmont, TN. There appears to be what could have been a switching tower in Coalmont.

Today, there are attempts to make the line a bike and walking trail to (at least) Sewanee.

Bob Fedder
Easley, SC


I rode this in a Toyota 4 wheel drive truck. What a sight and excitement.

Lytle Biggs
Greenbrier, TN


5 mile run this weekend on the improved trail along the old R/W from Sewanee to Monteagle. The former line extend east to Palmer through Tracey City , Coalmont, Gruetli, Laager and Collins to Palmer. Will be a big boon to Grundy County if it can be completed.

Bill McCord
Gallatin, TN


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