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Fentress County includes part of Dale Hollow Reservoir and is drained by forks of the Obey and Cumberland Rivers. Its county seat is Jamestown. Fentress County is located on the Cumberland Plateau, and sits on the eastern most section of Middle Tennessee. Fentress County is known as the Trail Riding Capital of the Southeast to the equestrian community with hundreds of acres of trails, overlooks, unique geological formations, and waterfalls. Many horse campgrounds, cabins, and stables are located in the county and in and around the parks.
Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features and has been developed to provide visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.
The county was home to Sergeant Alvin C. York, whom some call the greatest hero of World War I.