Explore the most popular walking trails near Sewanee with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The trails and waterfalls were awesome! I didn’t give five starts because we had to ask where the trail head began. The app GPS took us to a parking lot which is great. We walked maybe a couple blocks to the trail head. Once we got there everything was good. Trails are marked well. Challenging for someone not used to it.

29 days ago

This waterfall is beautiful after a good rain, during a drought it’s just a trickle. This trail has some beautiful wildflowers as well.

This was neat and we were glad to see it but if you are looking to hike this isn’t it. But great if you are traveling and need a quick stop or going on another hike close by.

1 month ago

Great hike and gorgeous views! Perfect for our family and very dog friendly

Short out and back walk. I parked at the dog park and added a little more to the hike. Can be a little slippery after a rain.

1 month ago

Great 4 hr hike with the family, good for pets.

2 months ago

Great trail with beautiful overlooks most of the way in winter and spring. wildflowers. waterfalls. creeks. lakes. rock formations. Plenty of side trails if you have time. Moderate trail overall for this area due to the length . It is fairly easy in some areas. Sewanee is a great place to hike and just be. The campus is beautiful. Trails well kept and marked.

Such a nice hike...it was a muggy day, but when you get to the cave, it really cools you off. I really enjoyed the hike.

Great trail. Directions posted on here made it very easy to find. A little rocky and slippery when it’s been raining but the falls is beautiful!

solid hike with a nice rewarding view and a cool cave at the end. undulates quite a bit so you never get a solid feeling of an "uphill vs downhill" cave closed 11/1-5/1 if that is part of your consideration.

Nice hike. First mile is rocky but after that smooths out. Well marked. Park across the road.

For something rated as moderate, it sure was hard. My timing and course direction may have had something to do with it.

I started at the big cross. I then proceeded to go clockwise, which I was told might be backwards. Someone I hiked with told me about going the other way and how climbing up to the hole in the rock was difficult. I submit, for the record, that climbing down that rock, when it's really wet out, is much more of a PITA. Especially if it's your first time there. Going clockwise from the cross kind of just throws you in it. Face first. This first bit was difficult.

I took lunch at the cabin about 12 miles in. It kind of leveled off there for a while after that, then I hit Shakerag. By then I was in desperate need of a long break that I didn't take. I slowed down quite a bit here. Had to.

If I remember right, it was pretty smooth after Shakerag, level paths, bike trails etc. It took me a shade over 7:15 to go all the way around. Not bad for a first time, I guess.

To those that like to punish themselves, I'd recommend doing what I did. Though you may want to avoid wet days for crawling down out of that rock face. Can easily be done in a day if you watch your pace.

loved this trail. went with a friend. the end view is worth it

Have been doing this trail for many years. Nicely maintained !!! New configuration of trail much better than that from the late 80's. Cave at the end of the trail is easy if equipped right (3 sources of light and helmet) if only one light just poke around in the twilight of one of the three entrances. Lower entrance is among the most impressive in the state !!

Really cool trail with varying terrain. The trail is dog friendly, so we started with our pup at memorial cross and headed west. There were huge boulders that we could navigate without our dog getting hurt, so we had to turn around and drive to Morgan’s Steep to bypass that section. Looking forward to coming back and completing the whole thing.

5 months ago

It's an easy and beautiful hike

Having trouble finding the "Horror hole" past Armfield Bluff.

Nice trail with beautiful views and cave.

mountain biking
6 months ago

this doesnt look like the trail. please take this down as it appears to be gravel roads. the perimeter trial is VERY difficult mountain biking and shouldn't be considered unless you have a guide AND excellent bike control skills. there are high cliffs you could ride off if you dont know where you are going. the perimeter trail IS the best kept secret in middle TN mountain biking and id sure hate to lose it from an injury or worse

The information that this trail is mostly used for mountain bikes is incorrect. They are forbidden from the portion through Shakerag Hollow from Greens View to the Sewanee gates. That portion is steep with fragile souls and is a favorite during spring wildflower season.

The trail was great, and the cave was amazing! You definitely need headlamps if you want to explore it. It was very open inside and not too far to the other entrance.

AMAZING TRAIL. So far, it’s my favorite one.

This was a good, short hike that was also a little challenging on the way back up. Good for kids. The trail was very rocky, and had some interesting sights along the way. The waterfall was hardy more than a trickle the day we went, but I can tell that it would be pretty soon after a rain.
There isn't much parking. The directions from previous reviews helped us find where to go. Once you park in the small gravel lot with the green gate, you will need to cross the road and go left. You can't see the trail head from the lot, but it is a very short walk and easy to see once you get close. Follow the perimeter trail until the bridge and go left.

I would have rated this higher, but the trails were so overgrown, and hard to see that we often had to turn around or risk getting lost. We were attempting to get to the bridge. Eventually, we drove around to the other side and saw the bridge, but we were not able to find the connecting trail there either.
It's a beautiful area, but a shame that we couldn't do the whole hike.

8 months ago

Hike isn't hard but it is uphill all the way back. Almost 400' elevation gain in 1 mile. But the falls are beautiful if you go when it has been raining recently. Directions on this site are confusing. It isn't hard. You can access it two ways: Morgan’s Steep Rd: Off of South Carolina Ave, veer left on Morgan's Steep Rd and do not make the right on Clara's Point. At the overlook, just before the curve, you will find a very small gravel parking area on the left. Park there. Cross the road to the overlook and trail head marked Morgan's Steep. Facing the valley, there are steps to the left, and a trail marker showing Perimeter Trail to the right marked by blue blazes. You can take the steps to the bottom for some good pictures of the cliff and some nice rock formations. I recommend returning to the top for the hike to the falls. Once back to the top, follow Perimeter Trail about .1 mile to a small wooden bridge. Cross the bridge and take the immediate left marked Bridal Veil Trail and Falls. It is a downhill trail marked by white blazes. Closer to the falls, watch for the small trail sign, pointing left, that says “Falls.” Other route: Clara’s Point Road: Off of South Carolina Ave, veer left on Morgan’s Steep Road, then immediately right onto Clara’s Point. About halfway down, cross a bridge, watch for a fire hydrant and green gate on the right. Park there. Cross the road and walk back over the bridge. Trail head is on the right at a culvert. Trail sign says Perimeter Trail. This trail takes you to the same small wooden bridge as above.

8 months ago

Easy trail, but interesting

Nice hike with Scout Troop 489 in February 2017. Only hiked a portion of the Western Section but our 5 miler turned into ~10 since it was such a pretty day and we didn't do a great job of orienteering (we're better at it now). Basically went from Gate 4 on Breakfield Road, around to Armfield Bluff, King's Farm, Audobon Lake, Elliott Point and back to Gate 4. Enjoyed eating lunch at King's Farm. Even ran into (or she into me since she was the one running) a friend from high school. Great hike. Here's a link to a nice resource on the area: https://www.sewanee.edu/media/student-life/explore/Sewanees_Ten_Best_Day_Hikes.pdf

Pleasant trail, nice scenery. It's pretty rocky in some spots and a walking stick is a great assist for the steeper parts

Easy to guide. Tricky terrain at times, but my 3yr old completed it w/o having to be carried. He was so proud

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