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Sunday, February 08, 2015

Walk to your heart's content in Sewanee

Walking is a big part of the Sewanee experience.

Easily walk Red Oak Hollows 30 acre estate with your morning cup of coffee on the road thru the woods, past the fox den and meditation garden, to the open meadow down in the hollow with the three ponds and back up again to the cottage.

Trails branch from the campus and link to the Perimeter Trail. This 20-mile loop on the mountaintop offers expansive views into the valleys. Sunsets draw people to the overlook at Memorial Cross, a place of remembrance for fallen soldiers, and to Morgan’s Steep, a lookout near the trail head to Bridal Veil Falls. The falls tumble 27 feet down a limestone cliff and then plunge an additional 25 feet more before the water slips into a sinkhole.

The Shakerag Hollow Trail, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, descends through hardwood forests to an overlook featured on vintage postcards. Wildflowers like Dutchman’s breeches, dwarf larkspur, Southern red trillium and trout lily grow in profusion. These hikes through woodlands and to sandstone overhangs and natural bridges attract visitors from Nashville, Chattanooga and the entire Southeastern Tennessee region.

Easy access via Interstate 24 and a broad selection of  cafes and restaurants make Sewanee a popular weekend getaway.  Book your stay at Red Oak Hollow

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