Decaturville

Carroll Cabin Barrens

A 200-acre natural area located near the Tennessee River in Decatur County, previously owned by Weyerhaeuser Company and designated as a natural area in 2002.  Carroll Cabin Barrens is a series of dramatic Silurian aged limestone glades and barrens. Directions:  From Interstate 40, exit at U.S. Hwy 69/641 (exit #126). Continue south through Parsons (crossing Hwy 412) and Decaturville (crossing Hwy 100). From the 4-way stop at Hwy 100, go approximately 11 miles. Turn left on Bob’s Landing Road and continue for about 1.5 miles then turn right on Smith Gravel Pit Road. The natural area is on the right hand side of the road after the first curve to the left. For more info or directions, call (731) 847-4202.

Brownsport Furnace

Located on Old Furnace Road, a quiet, abandoned rural road,  surrounded by the beauties of nature about 13 miles southeast of Decaturville stands the ruins of the Brownsport Furnace, located in an area known as “The Old Coaling”. The furnace was a prosperous industry between 1846 and 1878.  Brownsport Furnace, was the first hot-blast furnace built in the State of Tennessee, and was for many years one of the largest furnaces in the State. The furnace was used for melting iron ore, the most valuable mineral in Decatur and adjoining counties of Hardin, Wayne, and Henderson.  The Brownsport Furnace Park offers an interpretive of an old Pig Iron smelting furnace. The park is also host to Decatur County Saddle Club Trail rides and other public use. For more info or directions, call (731) 847-4202.