Marion County Profile | Overview
Marion County is located in the middle, southern region of Tennessee, just 25 miles west of Chattanooga, one of the largest cities in the state. Marion County is nestled in the Sequatchie Valley, surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains and home to Nickajack Lake on the Tennessee River. Marion County is located within two hours driving distance to Nashville, Knoxville, Atlanta, Georgia and Birmingham, Alabama.
Parks and recreation facilities can be found throughout the county and offer year-round facilities with ball fields, walking tracks, hiking trails, playgrounds, and picnic areas. Residents of all ages can stay active all year long with their favorite sports and activities.
Hiking, campground, climbing or scenic nature walk, Foster Falls Small Wild Area has it all. Operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority and located near Jasper, Tennessee, visitors get close and personal with some of the most exceptional natural and scenic resources in the region. A spectacular 60-foot waterfall is the highlight of the park. Visit Site
Marion County Park
Located on Nickajack Lake in Jasper, Marion County Park is the perfect place for fishing, boating, camping or to enjoy a picnic lunch. The park hosts 60 RV camping spots with electric and water hook-ups, tent camping sites, fishing pier, two boat ramps, bath houses, pavilion and children’s area.
Primary & Secondary
Marion County Schools Visit Site
Richard Hardy Memorial School Visit Site
Sequatchie Valley Head Start Visit Site
Chattanooga State Technical Community College
Chattanooga State Technical Community College offers a variety of degree programs impacting business, industrial & professional communities of Southeast Tennessee. From its opening in downtown Chattanooga in September 1965, Chattanooga State has been focused on supplying the technical workforce of the region, particularly in engineering technology and computer science.
With its main campus located on the banks on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Chattanooga State has three other satellite locations, including a new campus in Marion County, conveniently located near Interstate 24 in Kimball.
Chattanooga State is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to Award the Associate Degree. The College offers a variety of accredited programs, including engineering, nursing and business. Chattanooga State now boasts the largest postsecondary enrollment in the Tri-State area and the largest training function in East Tennessee.
Additional, highly regarded higher education schools, colleges and universities, including the University of Tennesee are available within a short drive of Marion County.
There are several family and general medical practices in the county accepting new patients. Local specialists include cardiology, dermatology, gynecology, internal medicine, optometry, podiatry, pulmonology, and dentistry. For more advanced care, nearby Chattanooga provides comprehensive care and several major hospitals.
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South Pittsburg, Tennessee is located on the west (north) side of the Tennessee River and borders the Alabama/Tennessee state-lines. It is home to over 3,000 residents and hosts the Annual Cornbread Festival the last weekend of April every year. Visit Site
Kimball is situated on the banks of the Tennessee River, with Interstate 24 running through it. Several retailers, hotels, restaurants, small businesses, industries and residential areas are found within Kimball’s town limits. Visit Site
Monteagle, the only town in Marion County not located in the Sequatchie Valley, lies atop the Cumberland Plateau. Interstate 24 travels through Monteagle. Visit Site
Although not incorporated until 1956, Whitwell has been inhabited since before the 1800s. Whitwell is home to over 1,700 residents. The Children’s Holocaust Memorial and Paper Clip Project received world-wide recognition and can be visited at Whitwell Middle School. Visit Site
New Hope is east of South Pittsburg, just across the Tennessee River. Highway 156 runs through the town and connects to Interstate 24. Scenic views of farmland, the Tennessee River and Nickajack Lake can be found in New Hope. Visit Site
Orme can be accessed across South Pittsburg Mountain or from the south, through Alabama. Orme has a rich history as a coal mining town and is home to over 100 residents. Visit Site
Powell’s Crossroads is located to the east of Whitwell, at the foot of Suck Creek Mountain and is home to over 1,300 residents.
Homes for Sale
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