Backbone Rock Recreation Area | Tennessee Vacation

Backbone Rock Recreation Area

Cherokee National Forest
Shady Valley, TN 37688

In the early 1900s when timber harvesting was a primary industry, a 20-foot-long hole had to be blasted through rock to accommodate
the railroad. Now known as “The Shortest Tunnel in the World,” after the blast and the track was laid, the train engine’s smoke stack could not pass
through. The tunnel’s top had to be hand-chiseled to solve the
problem. A recreation area offers camping, rappelling, and fishing as well as hiking with one trail leading across the top of the rock, and the other
taking you to the 45-foot Backbone Falls.

Two double campsites and trails connecting to the Appalachian Trail. Picnic pavilions may be reserved for a fee. Day use and camping fee.

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