Cowan is a very small town in Tennessee. It has roughly 1,700 residents, and is located at the foot of the Cumberland Plateau between Chattanooga and Nashville. Cowan is oriented around the junction of Tennessee Highway 41 and the CSX railroad heading toward Decherd.

Get in

The only way into Cowan is to drive Tennessee Highway 41, which is named Cumberland St. in town.

Get around

Cowan is a small town, and it can easily be covered by foot or bike. However, a car is essential for entering or leaving town.


Downtown Cowan is largely unchanged from its condition 100 years ago, which gives it a quaint and quiet atmosphere. This lack of big-city bustle is the town's main attraction, but there are a handful of local attractions to interest visitors.


Otherwise, Cowan is not the kind of town you visit to "do" anything. Enjoy the quiet, lazy atomosphere of a traditional small Southern town.


There are a handful of shops near the center of town, most of which sell antiques and other miscellaneous items. You can easily park your car and reach most of them on foot.



There aren't many places to drink in town; try Sernicola's for wine and Pancho's for beer.


For other options, check nearby towns such as Monteagle, Sewanee and Decherd.

Go next

As is the case with coming into town, automobile is the only realistic way out.

Going east on Highway 41 will bring you to Sewanee; going west will take you to Winchester.

Routes through Cowan

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