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.

Hiked the entire loop today. Would say the trail is fairly easy but the distance makes it hard. We clocked better than 20 miles via GPS. Parked at the Memorial Cross and left out at 8:15am. We halted and did lunch and a hammock nap at Dotson’s. Trail is well marked and quite well maintained. Took a second break at the cabin. Pretty views all along the perimeter on the west side. I can imagine these would be prime at fall time. The most difficult part of the trail is def Shakerag Hollow which we did on tired legs since we chose to hike this loop clockwise. It was a steady descent for a while then straight up to the University Gates. We followed the trail along the greenway and again through the woods back to the cross by 6:30 pm. Just in time for a beautiful sunset! Take plenty of water/electrolyte replenishment for this all day trek.

the bridge is a beautiful quick stop!

Overgrown trail. From the pictures here I thought there was going to be an overlook... I only saw the cave (didnt bring a flashlight). so if you like caves and bring a flash light, this is for you.

This trail is perfect during the spring for wildflower spotting. It is short, but it does have an incline.

Only did a section of this trail but it was awesome and I want to go back and enjoy the rest of trail.

Waterfall was very pretty! It was a little confusing to find the trail head but after we did... it was a nice hike with lots of great things to see! I really liked this hiking trail. Trail continues after you reach Bridal Veil Falls but we didn't have time to explore any further, which gives me a reason to come back.

Great trail for just about anyone. Easy to follow with plenty to see.

Took our family of different ages and our 2 seasoned hiking dogs. Found the terrain the the caves too steep for the dogs/grandma to get down or we feared back up safely. Striking view at the fork to go to the caves. Hike is a pretty constant upward grade the majority of the back track. Beautiful but wouldn’t do again personally.

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.

hiking
5 months 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.

hiking
5 months 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.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
6 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.

hiking
9 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
10 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.

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