Located in Southeastern Tennessee, is part of the Cumberland Plateau, which rises more than 1000 feet above the Tennessee River Valley. Its primary river is the Sequatchie, carving its way through the county, providing agricultural, recreational, and scenic opportunities. In the spring the valley shimmers with emerald beauty, and is also speckled pink and white with blossoms. The autumn transforms the valley into a kaleidoscope of reds, oranges and yellows from the changing leaves of the deciduous oak, maple and poplar trees. Year-round the valley boasts of life and natural beauty unlike anywhere in the world. The Nature Conservancy observes “[t]he Cumberland Plateau’s rivers and streams sustain some of the country’s greatest variety of fish and mollusk species, and ravines and deep hollows are among the richest wildflower areas in southern palachia.”
Sequatchie County is one of the counties forming the Sequatchie Valley. The Valley is unique, able to be seen from space, remarkably straight, like a knife cut. The Valley was created from a series of sinkholes. Over eons water gradually enlarged small cracks and pores in the limestone making up the Valley’s geological formation, allowing water to begin to pool. Over thousands of years, these small cracks and pores expanded to become underground streams and caves. When the underground caves collapsed, sinkholes were formed, and the Valley created.