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.

 

All Saint's Chapel @ University of the South

All Saint's Chapel @ University of the South

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.


stone door overlook

stone door overlook

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.


Sewanee Union Theater (SUT)

Sewanee Union Theater (SUT)

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.


Yarn bombing

Yarn bombing

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 and local jam sessions. A number of creative retreats are held at DuBose each year (see our Partner Programs page) for individuals working on their craft.

Original Site - Highlander Folk School

Original Site - Highlander Folk School

Check out our local history by visiting the original site of the Highlander Folk School, 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. 


Hannah Pickett Park

Hannah Pickett Park

Within walking distance of the Center, Monteagle’s Hannah Pickett Park can be found next to a quiet street. This city playground is enjoyed by many of our younger guests, as is the May Justus Memorial Library located next door.


War Memorial Cross

War Memorial Cross

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.


Abbo's Alley

Abbo's Alley

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.

Grundy Day Loop

Grundy Day Loop

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.


rock climbing at SCSP

rock climbing at SCSP

Feel daring? Call or visit the South Cumberland State Park visitor center located on Hwy. 41 to book a rock-climbing, rappelling, hike, or cave tour with one of our friendly local rangers. 931.924.2980. 


CHapel at the University of the South

CHapel at the University of the South

Nearby academic institutions, such as University of the South and St. Andrews-Sewanee bring to the area a variety of lectures and academic workshops. Many of these are open to the public, free of charge, and regularly attended by visiting guests or community members.


Sewanee symphony orchestra

Sewanee symphony orchestra

The University's Sewanee Symphony Orchestra, Performing Arts Series, and Art Gallery welcome performances and exhibits by professionals from all over the map. If you're in town on a summer weekend between June & July, a performance by the Sewanee Summer Music Festival is a must-see.


Annual Area Events

Get Your Annual Event on the List: email stephanie[at]duboseconferencecenter[dot]org

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

Fog Festival (Monteagle)

MARCH

APRIL
Trails & Trilliums (held at DuBose; lodging available on-site)
Mountain Goat Trail Race Weekend (South Cumberland)
National Cornbread Festival (South Pittsburg)

MAY
Sewanee Arts & Crafts Fair (Sewanee)
University of the South Commencement (Sewanee)

JUNE
Camp Gailor-Maxon (held at DuBose)
Sewanee Summer Music Festival (Sewanee), through July

JULY
Fourth of July Weekend celebrations (Gruetli-Laager, Monteagle, Sewanee, Tracy City)
Grundy County Fair (Tracy City)
Sewanee Writer's Conference (Sewanee)
Swiss Heritage Festival (Gruetli-Laager)
Mountain Market Arts & Crafts Festival (Monteagle)

AUGUST
Episcopal Churchmen of Tennessee Conference (held at DuBose)
University of the South Family Weekend (Sewanee)

SEPTEMBER
Annual Hunger Walk (Mountain Goat Trail, Sewanee / Monteagle)
DuBose Lectures (Sewanee)
Fall Heritage Festival (Cowan)
Fire on the Mountain Chili Cook-off (Monteagle)

OCTOBER
Fannie Moffitt Autumn Stomp (Altamont)
University of the South Family Day (Sewanee)

NOVEMBER
University of the South Homecoming (Sewanee)

DECEMBER
Lessons & Carols (Sewanee)
Winterfest (held at DuBose)