2016 Bluegrass Festival
JUNE 3rd & 4th
Dunlap Tennessee is located in the geographic center of Sequatchie Valley. Dunlap is situated 30 miles north of Chattanooga, 50 miles from Crossville, 115 miles from Nashville and 120 miles from Knoxville.
The Historic Coke Ovens Park is located ¾ mile west of downtown Dunlap US127 . If headed south on US 127 through Dunlap, turn right on Cherry Street at the downtown traffic signal. Follow brown Coke Oven signs and arrows to the Coke Ovens Park which is at address 350 Mountain View Drive
From Chattanooga, TN take US 27 to Dunlap exit via state highway 111 west across mountain to Dunlap and U.S. 127 South.
The Historic Dunlap Coke Ovens Park is a 88 acre tree shaded park located in the heart of Sequatchie County, in Dunlap, Tennessee. Come explore the remains of 268 beehive coke ovens used in the early 1900’s to convert mountain coal into industrial coke, a product used to smelt iron ore. This wooded park, found at the base of the Cumberland Plateau in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley, is open daily for self guided tours. Park restrooms are only open for reserved use of pavilions. Restrooms are also situated in Museum when it is open.
Museum Hours: Summer hours Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central Standard Time.
Group Guided Tours up to 10 or more persons scheduled by appointment call (423) 949-3483 subject to Volunteer availability. (Note private individual tours are not normally offered through the weekdays as the Museum has qualified volunteers to answer questions on the weekend dates.)
The 88 acre Coke Ovens Park is open year around from Sun-up to Sun-down for hiking or exploring. Museum open only by schedule above. Please note no overnight parking or camping in park. (Bluegrass Festival permits rough camping on Friday through Sunday only) Alcoholic beverages and their consumption are not permitted on park property. Parents must accompany all children under age 18 on park grounds. We request NO PETS.
Parking is available on Mountain View Road at the Coke Ovens Museum, plenty of tables for small group lunches (large groups intending to pic-nick of over ten individuals should reserve shelter space and restroom facilities prior to scheduled visit. Call 423-949-3483 for reservations.)
What You Will Discover
Take time to explore the ruins of a once thriving industrial complex. Meander through the woods and explore an almost forgotten piece of history. Visit the museum where you will find photos and artifacts from the early 1900’s. For those who are more ambitious, hike the 3900 foot incline to the top of Fredonia Mountain where you can see magnificent views of the valley while exploring the places where coal mining once thrived. (Notice hiking in this area not recommended in Summer months.)
In the Park, the admission is free and so is the parking. The Museum is also Free, donations are accepted. Plan to visit us. Any time of year is perfect. In the meantime, enjoy our site. Remember, the entire Park is in the Central Time Zone.