A Journey, A Destination
You'll find that there's plenty to do on the Mountain! No matter if you're an enthusiastic hiker, a curious explorer, or if you just prefer to soak it all in, there's sure to be something that piques your interest. Apart from a variety of local artisan shops (see gifts / souvenirs under our area services page), the mountain, valleys, caves, and lore of the South Cumberland Plateau create some of the most enchanting spots in Tennessee.
Offering beautiful Gothic architecture and breathtaking stained glass, All Saints Chapel at the University of the South in Sewanee is only 6.5 miles away from our front door. The University of the South is consistently named one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation and is often an afternoon destination for our guests. Episcopalians will appreciate a beautiful and moving Sunday morning service at the Chapel.
It's easy to see why Stone Door Overlook is one of the most popular trails in the South Cumberland State Park. An easy and well maintained trail provides stunning views of the Savage Gulf and Fiery Gizzard area. The first half of the trail is paved, making it ideal for families.
Quirky and casual, a trip to the local $4-dollar theater, Sewanee Union Theatre, is a fun way to unwind after a long day of workshops or hiking. Located in the basement of the University's Thompson Union building, movies typically show Thursdays - Sundays. Titles & show times can be found on the SUT Facebook Page.
Local artisans dot the mountainside, and an undercurrent of creativity runs deep in the mountain community. There's no dearth of plein-air painting spots, local jam sessions, and craft studios. A number of creative retreats are held at DuBose each year (see our Partner Programs page) for individuals working on their craft.
Learn about our local history by visiting the Grundy County Historical Society in Tracy City, followed up by a site visit to the Old Highlander Folk School. The Highlander Folk School was an institution that provided training and education for emerging and existing Labor Movement and Civil Rights leaders during the mid-1900's. Several prominent individuals trained at the Highlander Folk School, including Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. The current iteration of HFS is the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee.
Within walking distance of the Center, Monteagle’s Hannah Pickett Park can be found next to quaint & quiet DuBose Avenue. This city playground is enjoyed by many of our younger guests, as is the May Justus Memorial Library located next door.
War Memorial Cross is a scenic overlook and favorite picnic spot, located on the west bluff of the Sewanee domain. The Cross is a memorial to all Sewanee citizens and students who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam.
Take a stroll in Abbo's Alley, an easy-to-walk and carefully tended ravine garden. Tucked away off one of Sewanee's streets, it's one of our favorite "secret" spots in town.
Right down the road off of Highway 41 is the Visitor Center for the South Cumberland State Park, a system that includes over 90 miles of trails and contains some of the best hiking in the Southeast, plus a number of local swimming holes. The park museum displays the natural and cultural history of the South Cumberland area.
Feel daring? Your next big thrill could be right down the road. Bigfoot Adventures offers an exhilarating afternoon of ziplines on Baggenstoss Farms. 500+ acres of property on the edge of the Cumberland Plateau sets the stage for your group’s adventure or your team-building event! Visiting groups at DuBose can book for a special discount.
Annual Area Events
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Fog Festival (Monteagle)
Sewanee Arts & Crafts Fair (Sewanee)
University of the South Commencement (Sewanee)
Fourth of July Weekend Celebrations (Gruetli-Laager, Monteagle, Sewanee, Tracy City)
Grundy County Fair (Tracy City)
Sewanee Writer's Conference (Sewanee)
Mountain Market Arts & Crafts Festival (Monteagle)
Swiss Heritage Festival (Gruetli-Laager)
A South Cumberland Summerfest (South Cumberland Plateau, including Monteagle)
Episcopal Churchmen of Tennessee Conference (held at DuBose)
University of the South Family Weekend (Sewanee)
Annual Hunger Walk (Mountain Goat Trail, Sewanee / Monteagle)
University of the South Family Day (Sewanee)
Fall Heritage Festival (Cowan)
Fire on the Mountain Chili Cook-off (Monteagle)
Fannie Moffitt Autumn Stomp (Altamont)
Big Foot Blues Festival (Tracy City)
DuBose Lectures (Sewanee)
University of the South Homecoming (Sewanee)
Area Christmas Parades (Monteagle, Tracy City, Pelham)
Lessons & Carols (Sewanee)
Mountain Christmas Bazaar (held at DuBose)
Cowan Market (Cowan)
Winterfest (held at DuBose)