South Central Tennessee Tourism Association's Chairman, Rodney Simmons, Executive Director, Ryan French, and Director of Strategic Partnerships, Dominic Gialdini along with Southeast Tennessee Tourism Associstion's Executive Director, Amy Anderson, and Tennessee Department of Tourist Development's East Tennessee Division Manager, Dave Jones, attended the Coalmont OHV Park ribbon cutting on March 25th, 2023.
Gialdini formerly served as Grundy County's tourism director.
"We are super excited to see the continued growth of amazing tourism assets in Grundy County. This is a unique place that truly impacts and shapes both the eastern part of the south-central and the western part of the southeast regions of Tennessee.
Attractions like the Coalmont OHV Park, The Caverns, Bigfoot Adventures, and now two breathtaking state parks, have far reaching impacts into SCTTA communities like Monteagle, Sewanee, Cowan, Winchester, Manchester, Tullahoma and beyond", said executive director, Ryan French.
From Channel 12 WDEF News -
GRUNDY COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — The city of Coalmont held a ceremony today to celebrate a new attraction 12 years in the making.
The ribbon cutting of Coalmont OHV park happened today atop Cumberland Plateau.
The park is over 1300 acres and holds miles of off-roading trails and a few campgrounds.
Planning for the park started over a decade ago when Coalmont received a grant through Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
Interim Tourism Director Iva Russell said, “The little town of Coalmont, they didn’t know they couldn’t do it, and so here we are 12 years later opening a 1,347-acre park. It’s been a challenge to say the least and they just kept plugging away. Everyone is so supportive. If you look around at all the sponsors for today’s ribbon cutting is unbelievable. The support for the locals, for this park is a big deal.”
Coalmont is the first city-owned off-roading park in the state.
A grand opening for the park will happen in the coming weeks.