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From 1856 to 1985, the Mountain Goat Railroad carried coal and passengers between Palmer and Cowan in Grundy and Franklin Counties of the Cumberland Plateau. Now, the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance is seeking to reclaim the path of the railroad.

Working with local governments and other interested groups, the Alliance intends to turn the old railroad bed into a multiuse recreational path, offering health, recreational, and economic benefits to the area.