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Shady Valley, Tennessee

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Shady Valley, Tennessee

Shady Valley
Unincorporated community
A church sits among the mountains of Shady Valley.
A church sits among the mountains of Shady Valley.
Shady Valley is located in Tennessee
Shady Valley
Location within the state of Tennessee
Country  United States
State  Tennessee
County Johnson County
Elevation 849 m (2,785 ft)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 37688
Area code(s) 423
FIPS code 47-67460
GNIS feature ID 1301197[1]

Shady Valley is an unincorporated community in Johnson County in the northeastern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee. It is just outside of Cherokee National Forest. Shady Valley is also the name of the valley in which the town is located.


  • Natural history 1
  • Recreation 2
  • Economy 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Natural history

After the Pleistocene ice ages, species and ecosystems that had shifted southward often survived in local refugia. As a result, cold-adapted ecosystems, such as cranberry bogs, remain in Shady Valley, far south of their usual range.[2] Shady Valley once contained an estimated 10,000 acres (40 km²) of boreal cranberry bogs.[3]


The roads that run in and around the town are popular among motorcyclists since nearby mountains provide nearly 500 curves to navigate.[4] The most popular road for motorcyclists is US-421,[5] which offers many challenging curves.


Shady Valley has two small general stores, in addition to four other small businesses, a U.S. Post Office[6] and the Shady Valley Elementary School.[7]

The town holds its annual Cranberry Festival the second weekend in October with food, a parade and auctions.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Shady Valley, Tennessee".  
  2. ^ "Appalachian-Blue Ridge forests". Terrestrial Ecoregions. World Wildlife Fund. 
  3. ^ Davis, Donald Edward. Where There Are Mountains: An Environmental History of the Southern Appalachians. University of Georgia Press, 2002, p. 13.
  4. ^ Motorcycle Playground website, archived October 30, 2007
  5. ^ Johnson County, Tennessee General Highway Map (PDF) (Map).  
  6. ^ "Shady Valley Post Office".  
  7. ^ "Shady Valley Elementary School".  
  8. ^ Cranberry Festival, Johnson County Chamber of Commerce website, accessed August 22, 2009

External links

  • Shady Valley, Tennessee at DMOZ
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