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Mission Statement

The mission of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust is to enrich our community by conservation of the Tennessee River Gorge through land protection, education, and the promotion of good land stewardship.


The Tennessee River Gorge, 27,000 acres of land carved through the Cumberland Mountains by 26 miles of the Tennessee River, is one of the most unique natural treasures in the Southeast. It is the only large river canyon bordering a mid-size city and is the fourth largest river canyon east of the Mississippi.

The scenic terrain of the Tennessee River Gorge creates a unique diversity of land forms. The land provides habitats for more than a thousand varieties of plants, ferns, trees, grasses and flowers as well as a rich wildlife population. Many of these are rare or endangered species such as the Mountain Skullcap and birds like the Osprey and Bald Eagle. Dozens of archaeological sites bear evidence of man's presence in the Gorge for at least 10,000 years.

Under the direction of a volunteer board and the support of a professional staff, the Tennessee River Gorge Trust, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1981, incorporated in 1986 protects the ecological diversity, scenic beauty and historic past of the nationally significant river canyon.

Through the cooperation of landowners and the generosity of the local community, the Trust has protected 16,364 of the 27,000 acres of land in the Gorge and the surrounding area. Lands have been protected by means of direct purchases, donations and conservation easements. Still, much remains to be done. Volunteers help us continue our mission of land protection, education, and stewardship.



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