Sewanee Perimeter Trail is a 18 mile loop trail located near Sewanee, Tennessee. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking.
Excellent trail for running, especially on a long run day. The trail was lightly populated, I passed only 6-7groups on my entire run (most of these within a mile of the cross). A variety of terrains (gravel, dirt, sand, rocks, paved,etc) throughout the entire trail. Plenty of climbs, but also plenty of flat runnable sections. Lots of places to stop and take pictures on the bluff and at the cross. You do need to take everything you will need for a 20 mile hike/run, as the only place to really stop is in downtown(you will have to get off the trail to get into town). There is one section where a campsite is set up with an outhouse, if you are not too keen on using the restroom in the woods. I ran this in early March, so the views were spectacular! I will definitely be back!
This trail is great for day hikes but they are adamant about no camping. Vehicles left at trailhead over night are subject to being towed.
Moderate to difficult. Natural surface. Well marked. Take what you need for 20 mile run. No restrooms or place to refill water. One spot you have to rock climb.
Did the Western portion that clocked in around 9.5 miles, despite what Sewanee says (7.5). Started at Gate 5 off of Breakfield Rd and took the fire road to the perimeter trail, where we turned left. Followed that all the way around, passing Dotson Point, Armfield Bluff, Kings Road, and Audobon Lake. After the lake the trail splits with the Parallel Trail going left and Perimeter going right. Go left until you cross another fire lane. Taking it left for 0.8 miles gets you back to Breakfield Rd.
The hike is deceptively easy to start and, between Dotson Point and Armfield Bluff, gets much more interesting and much hillier. Never big climbs, but a few that take your breath for a moment
The canopy was so thick that you couldn't appreciate the views. This could be spectacular in Fall or Winter.
NOTE: obviously, watch for snakes. I stumbled up on a copperhead coiled about a foot off of the path (July 17).
I've only done parts of the trail. Yesterday I went up and hiked from the cross to morgans steep. I really enjoyed that part. Does anyone know how many miles that is?
Parked at Morgan's Steep and took the perimeter trail around Elliot Point, then the parallel trail back around to Wiggin's Creek Trail , then back to Morgan's Steep for a total of about 6 miles. This section was mostly through the woods and fairly level, with a few exceptions. The parallel trail is an old roadbed but was still a nice walk. Google maps has a very detailed map of the whole trail system.
Parked at the Memorial Cross and hiked to Bridal Veil Falls and back for a total of 4.5 miles. The trail mostly goes below the bluffs, but there are steps up to Morgan's Steep for a great view and a nice rest stop. There were several beautiful spots and interesting formations along the way. A few rocky spots to climb over but nothing too tough.