Rugby is central to several driving trails such as the new Top Secret: From Proton Beams to Utopian Dreams trail from the Tennessee Department of Tourismthe Hungry History Buff motorcycle trail, and the North Cumberland Scenic Byway. There is also the Northern Tour of  Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau Nature Trail, a driving trail which explores fifteen unique outdoor sites in a nine county area including the Rugby State Natural Area. Please read below for more information!

And, if walking is more your style than driving, please continue to scroll down for information on a great book to help plan trips to East Tennessee: the East Tennessee Walking Tour and Historic Guide!


TOP SECRET TRAIL:  From Proton Beams to Utopian Dreams

As the brochure states ‘Find your next adventure on the Top Secret Trail, a journey through some of East Tennessee’s beautiful scenery and best-kept secrets. You’ll start your trip in Knoxville, then set off into the Upper Cumberland Plateau and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, where you’ll explore the area’s culture, marvel at the landscape, and sample some home cooking’.

Click on Top Secret Trail for more information on this driving trail that is 435 miles long and features 111 stops! Don’t forget to download PDF’s of the brochure and the map.

Benita Howell points out Rugby’s central location on the new state map

Rugby is at the heart of the state’s new “Top Secret Trail,” one of a series of new self-guided driving tours across the state. This one was unveiled Friday, June 15, 2012 in Oak Ridge at that city’s “Secret City Festival.”




Hungry History Buff: Travel through time from a British Utopia to the atomic age. The ride is easy and the stops are plentiful. Each point along the trail depicts a moment in time where the landscape played a vital role in defining the culture of the region. (131 miles/3 hours drive time) Click Here for more! 





The North Cumberland Scenic Byway  was developed by the National Scenic Byways Program, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Since 1992 over 3,049 projects have been funded . The U.S. Secretary Of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. Click on the webpage to get more information about the byway.




On the Northern Tour of Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau Nature Trail you will visit everything from the breathtaking mountain views inside the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park to the serene waters of Dale Hollow Lake with opportunities for bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, biking, camping and elk viewing in between. The Northern Tour of the Cumberland Plateau Trail is destined to become a family favorite.  Check out this webpage and click on the balloons for information on fifteen sites in nine counties, including the Rugby State Natural Area.






Stillhouse Hollow Press has released East Tennessee Walking Tour & Historic Guide, by Maury Nicely.

For centuries, the mountains and valleys of East Tennessee have witnessed the march of history, from the frontier exploits of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, to the Cherokee Removal and the Trail of Tears, to the battles and brutality of the Civil War, to the development of New South industry and tourism, to the harnessing of the Tennessee River by the Tennessee Valley Authority, to the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and to the downtown renaissance and redevelopment of recent years.

East Tennessee Walking Tour & Historic Guide takes readers on a tour of 25 cities and towns throughout East Tennessee, from the urban centers of Chattanooga and Knoxville to small frontier hamlets (Jonesborough), early fortifications (Kingston), river landings (Loudon), industrial boom towns (Harriman) and lost utopian communities (Rugby).