Photo Credit: Matt Murphy

Monterey Depot Museum

Explore a rich history of Monterey’s people and what brought them to the Upper Cumberland mountains with a tour of the Monterey Depot Museum, a replica depot and visitors’ center conveniently located near I-40 exits 300 and 301. Guests will also discover a Native American history as well as why this charming little mountain town was a resort destination and retreat for travelers.

101 E. Depot Ave.
Monterey, TN 38574

The Lake at Meadow Creek Park

Only five miles east of Monterey’s charming downtown on Hwy. 62, The Lake at Meadow Creek Park offers fishing and non-motorized boating opportunities. A favorite for kayakers, soak in the quiet of the approximately 300-plus-acre city park characterized with scenic beauty and wildlife watching opportunities. Mountain bike trail and hiking trails are currently in progress.

19195 Clarkrange Hwy.
Monterey, TN 38574

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Cliffs at Meadow Creek Park

A recent addition to this 300-plus-acre park and lake, Meadow Creek Park is now 1 of 10 destinations in the U.S. to receive a national rock-climbing conservation grant, adding hiking trails + rock-climbing access, offering varying levels of climbing for guests.

19195 Clarkrange Hwy.
Monterey, TN 38574

cliffs meadow creek

The Outpost at Meadow Creek Park

On site kayak, mountain bike rentals, and private adventure guiding services. For questions, call 931-584-0018. 


Basic Kayak           $25 (2hrs)   $35 (4hrs)   $45 (day)                     

Stand Up Paddle Board    $25 (2hrs)   $30 (2hrs)   $60 (day)

Basic 2 Man Kayak   $30 (2hrs)   $50 (4hrs)   $90 (day)

Fishing and Rec Kayaks $30 (2hrs)   $50 (4hrs)   $90 (day)

Rec 2 Person Kayak   $40 (2hrs)   $70 (4hrs)   $120 (day)

Blue Sky Boatworks   $60 (2hrs)   $100 (4hrs)   $150 (day)

Hardtail Mtn Bike   $25 (2hrs)   $50 (4hrs)

Full Suspension Bike   $40 (2hrs)   $80 (4hrs)

Weekday Private Groups   (call for pricing)

The Outpost at Meadow Creek Park is open 10am to 6pm on Saturdays and 12pm to 6pm on Sundays. Check our our Facebook page!

19195 Clarkrange Hwy.
Monterey, TN 38574

Spacious Skies Belle Ridge

At Spacious Skies Belle Ridge, our onsite hiking trails and UTV trails lead to waterfalls with rainbow sunlit spray, caves where you might see tiny bat friends, and fascinating rock formations and valley views. If you venture off-site, you will find a lot more where that came from during your visit to the nature lover’s paradise that is the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee

15341 Crossville Hwy.
Monterey, TN 38574


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Muddy Pond Mennonite Community

Named after one of the many small muddy ponds of this mountain community, Muddy Pond is home to several Amish-Mennonite communities as well as lots of small, local farms. The townfolk who have lived here for generations love the charm and comfort of this little spot, deep in the hills of Tennessee. Tourists enjoy the unique sights and shopping experiences on these winding country roads. It’s also important to note that Muddy Pond is home to the best sorghum and fried pies in the state.

Muddy Pond Road
Monterey, TN 38574

Bee Rock

Accessible by a short hiking trail, Bee Rock offers a spectacular overlook of the Calfkiller River and Stamps Hollow. Legend has it that Native Americans gathered honey from hives underneath the cliff, hence the name “Bee” Rock.

1420 Bee Rock Rd.
Monterey, TN 38574

Standing Stone Monument

Monterey was once the pioneer settlement Standing Stone, named for a large boulder on the historic Walton Road nearby. The Standing Stone was a 16-foot-tall rock that once stood upright on a sandstone ledge in the area. A dog-shaped stone believed to be built by mound builders about a mile west of this location around 1,500 years ago, it was the legendary boundary between Cherokee and Shawnee territory and marked the Cherokee Tallonteeskee Trail. The Standing Stone monument, which includes the 812-lb. remnant of this stone that remained after it was blown up by the railroad, was erected in Whitaker Park by the Improved Order of the Red Men in October 1895. It is the centerpiece of the Standing Stone Celebration of Native American Heritage, held each October.

401 E. Commercial Ave.
Monterey, TN 38574

Monterey Farmers’ Market

Located just across from the Monterey Depot Museum, you will find this Saturday market to offer a variety of goods, from homemade Amish breads to fresh produce. Meet local farmers and experience live music and more on special event days.

201 S. Holly St.
Monterey, TN 38574

Monterey Rail Trail

Paved biking, walking, jogging trail through downtown Monterey. The project is envisioned to run 19 miles alongside railroad tracks from Cookeville to Monterey. A 1.1-mile section of the trail is now open in Monterey, running from Oak Street to Crossville Street.

Motorcycling / Carve the Cumberland

With so many natural attractions, scenic and winding backroads, unique eateries and points of interest, Monterey is ideal for motorcycle enthusiasts. Popular roads include Calfkiller Hwy./Livingston Hwy. (Hwy. 84), Monterey Hwy. (Hwy. 70), Mill Creek Road and countless other curving, carving side roads. You will find Monterey featured in the Carve the Cumberland ride guide: Water to Wine Route and The Calfkiller Loop.

Civil War Trail

Monterey is on the Civil War Trail because of the post-war ventures of Union Gen. John Thomas Wilder. Brigadier Gen. Wilder came into the area and developed coal and coke interests from here all the way to the eastern tip of Tennessee. In Monterey, he and his wife, Dora Lee Wilder (the first female licensed physician in Tennessee), built the Imperial Hotel. Always the innovator, Gen. Wilder introduced local farmers to sweet table corn.

Standing Stone State Park

One of Tennessee’s oldest state parks, Standing Stone State Park is named for the large, storied rock that once marked the boundary between two Native American tribes. The park encompasses more than eight miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to strenuous around beautiful Standing Stone Lake, a popular fishing and paddling spot. The Tea Room at Standing Stone is a conference-style meeting room accommodating up to 80 people and is approximately 800 square feet. The Tea Room includes a large back deck and five picnic tables. Great views of the lake and natural scenery make it an ideal location for wedding receptions, family reunions and small conferences.

1785 Standing Stone Park Hwy.
Hilham, TN 38568

Cumberland Cove Golf Course

The par-72, 18-hole Cumberland Cove Golf Course in Monterey, Tennessee, measures over 6,600 yards from the championship (blue) tees (slope 126); 6,200 yards from the men’s (white) tees (slope 122); 5,400 yards from the senior (gold) tees (slope 118); and 5,100 yards from the ladies’ (red) tees (slope 112). The front nine was designed by Luke Morris and opened for play in 1967. The back nine was designed by Gary Roger Baird and opened for play in 1996.

16941 Highway 70N
Monterey, TN 38574

Whitaker Park

Whitaker Park was donated by T.J. Whitaker and family when Monterey was first formed in 1893. Over the years, it has become a family and community gathering spot for Monterey residents. The park features a walking trail, playground equipment, two picnic pavilions, a splash pad and amphitheater. Please call the Monterey Depot Museum at (931) 839-2111 to inquire about renting out the Whitaker Park amphitheater. 

710 E. Commercial Ave.
Monterey, TN 38574

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Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel was built by Union Gen. John T. and Dora Lee Wilder in 1909. Adjacent to the Monterey Depot, the hotel welcomed many a weary traveler with a comfortable place to sleep and a warm meal. The meals were so good that the railroad adjusted the schedule just so travelers could eat lunch at the hotel instead of eating in Cookeville. Stagecoaches would even come from neighboring towns because of the mountain delicacies. Vegetables were grown in the Wilder family garden just down the road, making it a farm-to-table establishment during its heyday.

106 S. Holly St.
Monterey, TN 38574

Rooster’s Hwy 62 Cycle Stop

Rooster’s is a motorcycle maintenance shop, retail store and rest stop. Located just off Highway 62, this business specializes in tires, fluid changes, brakes, and general maintenance on motorcycles. Their retail store offers drinks, snacks, knives, purses, BugSlide, KD’s Sunglasses, Amsoil and Harley fluids, and many other items. As a motorcycle rest stop, they provide outdoor seating, bathrooms, a firepit, tourist info, as well as an 8′ x 4′ ultimate backroads map (Freeman Map) for customers to map out their next route along the beautiful Upper Cumberland and many other ride options. Smaller map options are available for free. Rooster’s also offers many events for the community. Just check out their Facebook page for updates.

22799 Clarkrange Hwy.

Monterey, TN 38574

106 S. Holly St.
Monterey, TN 38574