Take a journey to a simpler place. Monroe County is a beautiful rural community with breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and friendly people. Monroe County was first settled by Europeans in the 1760s. Its economic basis was and still is agriculture. Monroe’s pride in its farm culture is displayed in beautiful quilt squares on the side of barns across the county.
In the 1800s, Monroe County became famous for its mineral springs. The remains of lavish resorts that once catered to wealthy southerners can still be seen around the country side. In the historic town of Union, one can view historic homes and buildings and learn about Union’s Civil War history.
Oh, and one last thing- there are no traffic lights in the entire county!
Stop 1 – Cheese Store
This is a Mennonite-run store in the quiet community of Gap Mills. People come from all over for this unique store. Inside you will find nuts, cookware, spices, candy, and, of course, cheese. Order a custom made sandwich at the deli counter and enjoy your meal on a bench or table outside along Kitchen Creek. They also sell custom made lawn furniture, wooden playgrounds, and gazebos.
- Cell service on top of observatory
- Use the restroom before you get there- one very run down outhouse available at top of mountain.
- Bring sunscreen, bug spray, water, and a camera
- Trail is easy to follow, about .8 miles from the parking lot to the tower