There is more to Marion County than is readily apparent with a casual drive through the valley. Oh sure, you can see the beautiful mountains, picturesque Nickajack Lake, the Tennessee River Gorge which runs for miles along Hwy 41 and some of the most interesting old bridges in the south. But when you have had enough driving, fishing, skiing, caving, birding, four wheeling, camping, bouldering and hiking you may want to
look a little deeper for some other "finer things of life" the area has to offer.
Have you ever been to a Civil War dinner theater? Button Willow Church in Whitwell will feed your body and your mind. They are just down the street from one of the areas Religious Heritage Trail sites, the Children's Holocaust Memorial made famous by their school's Paper Clip Project.
South Pittsburg has the Primitive Baptist Church, The Chapel on the Hill, on the Heritage trail. South Pittsburg is also the home Lodge Manufacturing; they make cast iron skillets and the annual National Cornbread Festival in April.
Clayton's Pickin' Barn, listed on the Music Trail, in New Hope provides a place to listen to and join in on some Bluegrass music every 4th Saturday of each month. You can catch the annual Tri-State Bluegrass Festival in New Hope in September.
The city of Jasper holds a bang-up Fourth of July party every year.
Right at the edge of town is the annual Fall Color Cruise, here we are boating again. Hales Bar Marina offers camping, boat rentals and much more. It is hard to avoid the water with Nickajack Lake covering over 10,000 acres and providing 200+ miles of shoreline.
You just have to stop in Marion County, get out of your car and "smell the roses". Be careful, though. The people are so friendly and the environment so comfortable you might not want to leave...