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Your Day Trip Guide to the Charming Community of Muddy Pond, Tennessee

Signs that point to the Charming Community of Muddy Pond, Tennessee

Come Visit Muddy Pond, Tennessee

Follow a narrow winding road up a steep hill through five or six sharp curves, turn left at the Mennonite church, and you’ll be on Muddy Pond Road. Continue up its twists and turns past a few fields of sorghum cane, some arrows pointing the way to the Muddy Pond General Store and even a sign offering black buggy beer. You’ve found Muddy Pond.

Why is it called “Muddy Pond”?

Muddy Pond is actually named after one of the many small muddy ponds up on this mountain community. Now it’s home to several Mennonite communities as well as lots of small local farms.

The official Muddy Pond in the Muddy Pond community in the heart of Tennessee

Dedication sign at Muddy Pond

The town folks who have lived here for generations love the charm and comfort of this little spot deep in the hills of Tennessee. Tourists enjoy the unique sights and shopping experiences back on these winding roads. You’ll find something to love about Muddy Pond too.

Muddy Pond road signs

Rolling hills of Tennessee


The Troyer’s Cafe

Troyer's Cafe, located in Muddy Pond, TN

Stop by The Troyer’s Cafe first, it’s the small building on the right immediately after Pilgrim Christian Fellowship church. Josy is the sweet girl that runs this charming spot, and she will usually smile and call out a greeting as you walk in. There’s plenty of reasons to stay awhile too, a little Book Nook with comfy couches and shelves of books to peruse as you sip your hot cappuccino or a glass of iced kombucha. There’s usually doughnuts and pastries in the display case, and burgers are on the menu for lunch.

Tip: Don’t leave without trying the Muddy Pond, a sweet little drink Josy created featuring a Nutella lined cup.

Nutella drink at Troyer's Cafe

If tea is more to your taste, she also has a self-serve tea bar. Just pour yourself a steaming teacup of hot water and drop in a little muslin tea bag with your choice of apple, hibiscus or berry tea leaves.


Location and Hours


3082 Muddy Pond Rd
Monterey, Tennessee, TN 38574

☎(931) 445-3875



The Country Porch

Visit the Country Porch located in Muddy Pond, TN

Just down the road from the cafe, you’ll find The Country Porch, a small building that is chock full of interesting finds and delicious food. This bakery/cafe/deli/gift shop/grocery just opened this spring, and Muddy Pond couldn’t be more excited about their new lunch spot. The wide front porch filled with rockers and picnic tables is the perfect place to sit and stay awhile. Order up some deli sandwiches made with freshly baked bread, grab a Cranberry Feta Salad and a drink, and find a spot to relax with your friends.

After a doughnut or cookie for dessert, you’ll want to explore the little gift shop that offers antique toys, sticker sheets by the foot, and handmade aprons. The grocery side is also delightful, with everything from aloe vera drinks to flour, sugar, jam, and frozen pie pastries. The delightful young ladies working the deli counter are always happy to help you find anything you need.


Location and Hours

The Country Porch

3130 Muddy Pond Rd
Monterey, Tennessee, TN 38574

☎ (931) 445-7370

Hours; Monday -Saturday
9 AM – 5 PM


Jay’s Custom Leather

Home to Urban Southern

Jay's Custom Leather Shop located in Muddy Pond, TN

Mmmmmm… it smells like leather up in here! Everyone who walks in the door of this friendly little leather shop is greeted with a, “hello there” and the delicious smell of leather. Jay has been helping riders find their perfect saddle for years and has three generations of experience in the leather trade. His grandfather started the first leather shop in Muddy Pond over 50 years ago, and Jay grew up stitching and creating in his dad’s leather shop.

If you are an equestrian, you’ll be fascinated by the selection and quality of tack and saddles that Jay keeps in stock. There’s also something for everyone, from leather belts and bags to sheepskin rugs and leather bracelets. The true treasures of the shop are Jenn and Ruby who are ready to answer questions and field random jokes from customers all while continuing to create leather goods behind the work bench.

Funny photo of Richard with an Urban Southern bag.

This small shop is also the home of Urban Southern.

You’ll always be able to try out our collections in person from the display beside the front counter. If you watch Ruby for a bit, you may be able to see if she’s making a new batch of Market Totes or Crossbody Wallets. Ask Brit if she needs any help finishing edges, and she will certainly offer you a seat at her worktable.

Ruby is making leather bags for Urban Southern in the leather shop.

Location and Hours

Jay’s Custom Leather/Urban Southern

3600 Muddy Pond Rd
Monterey, TN 38574

☎ 931-445-2225

Hours: Monday – Friday
9 AM – 5 PM
9 AM – 4 PM


Aaron Bauman Leather Shop

Aaron Bauman's Leather Shop located in Muddy Pond, TN

The big metal building next door to Jay’s is the Leather Shop. Jay’s dad runs this unique spot which offers everything from leather tack to horse supplies. Kids love the little leather holsters with wooden guns to keep on their belts. If you get a snack from the General Store next door, you can even find an empty rocker on the wide front porch and catch the breeze while your friends shop for belts and wallets. You may even get to chat with Jay’s mom and tell her which state you call home.


Location and Hours

The Leather Shop

3518 Muddy Pond Rd
Monterery, TN 38574

☎ 931-445-3234

Hours: Monday – Saturday
8 AM – 5 PM


The Muddy Pond General Store

The Muddy Pond General Store located in Muddy Pond, TN

The General Store is one of the oldest and most well-known destinations in Muddy Pond. It’s been here since 1986 and hasn’t changed except to offer a few new items as the popular trends dictate. Tourists come back year after year to stock up on their lovely jams and spices, as well as stacks of stainless steel bowls and wooden rocking chairs.

You can also buy a pound of deli meat or cheese at the deli counter and the sweet girls there will even slice it to your exact specifications. Upstairs you’ll want to spend some time trying on handmade aprons and cotton bonnets, Little House on the Prairie style, as well as see the gorgeous handmade quilts, vintage poster prints and little wooden birdhouses.


Location and Hours

The Muddy Pond General Store

3608 Muddy Pond Rd
Monterey, TN 38574

Hours: Monday – Saturday
8 AM – 5 PM


The Sorghum Mill/Muddy Pond Variety Store

Take a deep breath when you step inside the sorghum mill… the sweet aroma of cooking syrup is a delicious flavor all it’s own. The Guenther family still own and operate this fun spot, every September and October on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Their sorghum is 100% pure sorghum with no additives made from their sorghum cane that they plant each year.

When you come out this fall, you may hear the train whistle blow as the wood fired, steam locomotive boiler makes the steam that boils the juice down to syrup. Muddy Pond Sorghum was chosen by Southern Living Magazine as one of 15 products to be given the Food Award as Southern Cooking Staples in this year’s June edition.

Here’s a fun video detailing more behind the scenes of the complete process:

Muddy Pond Variety Store is open year round, just across the road from the sorghum mill. The Variety Store carries bulk foods, hardware, collectible items, enamel bakeware, stainless steel, home baked goods and of course Muddy Pond Sorghum.


Location and Hours

The Sorghum Mill

4064 Muddy Pond Rd.
Monterey, TN 38574

Hours: The Sorghum Mill is open only September-October on Tuesday Thursday and Saturday from 9-4

We hope you decide to plan a day trip to Muddy Pond soon and tell us how you like it!


  1. Thomas on July 7, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Are you opening a general store in willow grove area? We love this one but one in willow grove would be closer.

    • Regina Bauman on July 7, 2017 at 7:58 am

      Hi Thomas! This is simply a day guide to the community of Muddy Pond TN and it’s local stores. Glad to hear you enjoy the General Store!

  2. Ssg. Synthia Allen on July 7, 2017 at 5:18 am

    I grew up close to the Union B church at the Hargis place.. I’m the daughter of Dorthy Wilson Allen and the late Raymond Allen.. I’m currently serving in Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary. …To see this makes me a little home sick but also happy too. .. To see a little of home and be so far away…

    • Regina Bauman on July 7, 2017 at 8:00 am

      So fun to hear you found this interesting! It’s amazing to meet others who have lived in Muddy Pond over the years. Blessings on your time over there, and hope you can visit Muddy Pond again someday soon:)

    • Angie Woolbright on July 7, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Hi, Synthia! I didn’t know you were overseas right now. God be with you and keep you safe. Thank you for your continued service! Angie Woolbright

    • Jerry wilson on July 12, 2017 at 10:39 am

      Synthia I’m glad to know you are still serving our country . I would pass the old home place and wonder where your at hope all is well for you. Jerry

  3. Rosemary Parcell on July 7, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Regina, are you Josh’s granddaughter? I used to live in Alpine,TN back in 1997 we used to go to the leather shop. I have a picture of a set of (I guess mule harness) that Josh made. So glad to see this website. I love Muddy Pond!!! Whenever I get back to TN I always come to visit the shops. So glad to see that the Country Porch is back open

    • Regina Bauman on July 7, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Hi Rosemary! I’m actually married to one of Josh’s grandsons, Jay. He runs Jay’s Custom Leather here in Muddy Pond! And yes, the Country Porch is back open and a great place to stop when you come!

  4. Katie Troyer on July 7, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    There is only one Muddy Pond in the whole wide world. I have fond memories of going there with Abe and Iva Weaver.

  5. Tim on July 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Hey good job on the write up very interesting !!!!

    • Regina Bauman on July 10, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Thanks Tim!

  6. Dena on July 8, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Your community looks lovely. Are the stores in your community wheelchair accessible?

    • Regina Bauman on July 10, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Hi Dena!

      Yes, the stores mentioned are all wheelchair accessible. We’d love to have you come by for a visit!

  7. Erinn S on October 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    This site has been really helpful in planning our day there on Tuesday, October 31. We wanted to get there before the sorghum mill closed for the winter. Looking so forward to visiting your lovely community

    • Meg Delagrange on October 30, 2017 at 9:00 am

      We’re so glad this was helpful for you! This post has been shared so many times that we decided to build a separate website with MORE information about Muddy Pond! You can visit it at MuddyPondOfficial.com and even print out a hand-drawn map that includes the entire layout of the community.

  8. Rebecca Bowling on January 2, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    I can’t wait to come to see you all. I been wanting to come and visit and buy some of the honey and things you all sell. We are planning a trip this year in Oct to visit. So glad u went back home to help your dad. It looks like you have done a great job. Seen u all soon

  9. Jenni Clark on January 17, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    This has always been home to me, and always will. All my dad’s side is from the area (Tom & Delva Clark were my grandparents, Glen is my dad) and it’s always been my safe haven. I’m so glad this is posted, so I can show our little slice of heaven, to those looking for peace and tranquility. I miss the olden days, but I’m so proud of how itty bitty Muddy Pond has grown the last 30 years.

  10. Cheryl Rager on June 28, 2018 at 7:45 am

    I love Muddy Pond!! It was originally Cliff Springs. My Great grandparents were married there in January of 1900, and my grandmother was born there in 1910. One of our family cemeteries is at the bottom of the hill. This beautiful area has quickly become my favorite place. Oh and the stores are a joy to visit! Going to Jay’s Leather this year to visit Urban Southern….. BEAUTIFUL leather handbags!!

  11. TJ on October 24, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Are dogs allowed here?

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