Views and Brews in Fentress County

A day of outdoor adventures and craft beer


South Fork of the Cumberland watershed

Is there a more satisfying pairing than a day of outdoor adventure finished with a late afternoon of craft beer in some of the most scenic country you’ll find in Tennessee? We say absolutely not. Featuring views of rock shelters, cliffs, natural arches, and the best view of the night sky in the Southeast, get ready for an unforgettable experience.

Start the Day at Twin Arches
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Twin Arches

Twin Arches Lane, Jamestown, TN 38556

For quick and easy-to-moderate hiking, try the Twin Arches Upper Loop or the Middle Creek Loop. The iconic sandstone Twin Arches make up the largest natural arch in Tennessee. The Middle Creek Loop features rock shelters and high cliffs to immerse hikers in the wilderness of the Big South Fork.

Choose Your Own Adventure
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Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

Dramatic gorges, natural arches, and rock shelters are characteristic landforms of the Big South Fork.

With a variety of overlooks, choosing depends on the level of adventure you seek. The easiest access is to the East Rim Overlook, which only requires a 300 foot walk on a paved trail.

For easy to moderate access, the Leatherwood Loop and Sunset Overlooks are a great option. Sunset overlook can be accessed with an easy 1.3 mile each way trek. Slightly more strenuous is the Leatherwood Trail, which features an overlook. If you do this one, once you reach the river, follow the guard rail to pick up the trail on the right. At Leatherwood Ford, you can enjoy the Angel Falls Rapid Trail and the Angel Falls Overlook- both of which are less than 3 miles one- way.

Fill Up at West End
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West End Cafe

306 W Central Ave. Jamestown, TN 38556

Photo courtesy of @pointnshoot on Flickr

Fuel up for your next adventure at the West End Cafe. With burgers, specialty sandwiches such as Reubens and patty melts, as well as Southern classics like their catfish platter, you’re sure to find a meal to keep you fueled.

Go Against the Flow
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Against the Flow Kayak Outfitters

1118 Wolf River Rd. Byrdstown, TN 38549

Explore the Wolf River with Against The Flow Kayak Outfitters in nearby Byrdstown. Whether you bring your own kayaks or need to rent, this outfitters is ready to provide you with what you need along with transportation. Kayak pristine waters to waterfalls and under the natural arches that are characteristic of the area.

Stop For a Brew at Sawbriar
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Sawbriar Brewing Company

2965 S York Hwy Ste. B, Jamestown, TN 38556

Photo courtesy of Omid Tavallai on Flickr

End your day with a drink from Sawbriar Brewing Company. The taproom includes their own craft beer as well as many local favorites from the region and beyond. Enjoy your tasty beverage while relaxing under their covered patio. You can also enjoy one of the many featured food trucks that pass through the brewery

Look Up at the Sky
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East Rim Overlook

4564 Leatherwood Rd, Oneida, TN 37841

The void of streetlights and being miles from civilization make for an incredible night sky in the Big South Fork. The East Rim Overlook provides a paved trail and an easy walking distance. Bring a red headlamp, your blanket, and some pillows for gazing at the stars.

Night at the Lodge
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Big South Fork Lodge

3607 Leatherwood Fork Rd. Jamestown, TN 38556

Lay your weary head down at the Big South Fork Lodge, not far from the entrance to the park. Newly renovated, this is the perfect spot to relax and recharge from your day exploring some of Tennessee’s most beautiful views.


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