Things to Do
Adventure takes many forms in Tennessee's South Cumberland. Enjoy world-class hiking alongside breathtaking vistas and cool mountain streams, camping and rock-climbing adventures, messy off-road fun and ziplining experiences you’ll never forget!
Abbo's Alley (University of the South)
Take a stroll in Abbo's Alley, an easy-to-walk and carefully tended ravine garden. The flora is a combination of cultivated and indigenous trees, shrubs and plants with the emphasis on keeping the natural flow of the land.
Bigfoot Adventure Zipline & Disc Golf
Our world-class tree canopy tour and outdoor adventure park is located on Monteagle Mountain. Whether you want to soar through the air on a zipline, participate in a friendly disc golf competition, go on a camping trip with family, or experience a beautiful nature hike, we can make it happen!
Chattanooga’s only guided hiking tours with transportation & professional photography included. All hikes led by husband & wife co-founders Ryan & Hope, making it easier than ever to explore the beautiful Tennessee outdoors. Hikes at Foster Falls, Stone Door and other areas in/near South Cumberland State Park.
Grundy Lakes Historic Area Trailhead
There are 12 trailheads within South Cumberland State Park. At the Grundy Lakes Historic Area, you can see remnants of this region’s coal mining industry, and learn how state convicts provided labor for the hundreds of coke ovens that ‘cooked coal’ at this site for nearly 50 years after the Civil War…
Highland Bluff Studio
Subtly nerdy soy candles made with all natural soy wax, cotton wicks, and no dyes. We create scents inspired by books and the love of reading, available as glass candles, tin candles, and wax melts.
Historic Stoker-Stampfli Farm & Museum
The Historic Stoker-Stampfli Farm tells the story of Swiss immigrants who came to the this area in the mid-1800s. The farmhouse, farm buildings and museum are all available to tour by appointment. Call Jackie at 931-235-3029 or Brenda at 615-800-9617 to schedule your tour! All tours are free, but donations to maintain and restore the farm’s buildings are gratefully accepted.
Established in 1972 and located in an old general store, The Lemon Fair is a Sewanee landmark featuring local, handmade art alongside toys, bath & body products, jewelry, chocolates, clothing, tapestries and more! Home of the original Sewanee Angel legend, it carries a large selection of original Sewanee and Angel themed items.
Lost Cove North Trailhead/Natural Bridge
There are 12 trailheads within South Cumberland State Park. At Lost Cove North, wind and water have carved a unique geological feature that’s been drawing visitors to the area for more than 150 years…
Outdoor equipment and apparel store with rock wall inside. Products from Patagonia, J. Barbour and Sons, Filson, Dubarry, Hoka, The Frye Company, Simms Fishing Products, The North Face, Arcteryx, Mountain Hardwear, Columbia, Keen, Merrell, Chaco, Salomon, Mountain Khakis, Kavu, Oboz, Suunto, GoPro, and many more.
Oakes & Oliver's Modern Mercantile
She= Oakes & He = Oliver, together they seek out cool vintage items, unique home decor and local handcrafted goods curated perfectly for you to enjoy in your home. We are not your average antique store we are so much more.
Fortunate enough to have an intact historical district and access to recreational amenities, Tracy City is undertaking a serious effort to become the gateway community to the region’s outdoor and cultural assets for travelers. The new Roundhouse Park, in downtown, is now open!!
Savage Gulf South Trailhead/Collins Gulf
There are 12 trailheads within South Cumberland State Park. At Savage Gulf South, one of the lesser-known parts of Savage Gulf, you’re in for some eye-popping wildflowers and amazing waterfalls and disappearing streams…
Taylor's Mercantile is a unique florist located in Sewanee, TN, on the campus of the University of the South. Excellent selection of gift items including collectables, jewelry, stationary, gift baskets and special gardening items including a large variety of green plants, dish gardens and outside bedding type plants.
We take great pride in all of our arrangements and guarantee your satisfaction. Our arrangements are not just the ordinary, but the exception.
The Caverns - Home of Bluegrass Underground
The Caverns, a jaw-dropping concert hall located deep underground. Guests revel in the prehistoric venue's natural acoustics and otherworldly beauty. What's more, The Caverns is home to the Emmy-winning, PBS television series Bluegrass Underground. With a concert calendar that spans all genres of musical expression, The Caverns draws music fans from all over the world. Live music inside a cave, it's a bucket list experience that keeps fans coming back to The Caverns time and again for The Greatest Show Under Earth.
The Werner Military Museum
The Sam (“Bud”) H. Werner Military Museum showcases Mr. Werner's extensive collection of military vehicles and other artifacts. His collection encompasses items from WWI to the present. The museum is closed during the winter, but open spring, summer and fall. Check the museum’s website (“more info,” below) for current hours.
War Memorial Cross
A scenic overlook and favorite picnic spot, located on the west bluff of the Sewanee domain. The 60-foot cross is a memorial to all Sewanee citizens and students who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam.
Coalmont OHV Park
This new off-road park will offer over 1,300 acres of off-road trails with varied wooded terrain for all vehicle types and skill levels. A large unloading area, vehicle wash station, parking lot, restrooms, picnic area and primitive camping will be available on-site. RV sites with 5/30 amp and 16/50 amp service will also be on-site, with water and available dump station. The park’s anticipated opening will be in April of 2022. Please check back for updates!
Fiery Gizzard North Trailhead/Grundy Forest
There are 12 trailheads within South Cumberland State Park. At Fiery Gizzard North, swimming holes, history, geology and giant hemlock trees await, on a family-friendly adventure…
Hallelujah Pottery & Full Circle Candles
Nestled in the woods atop Monteagle Mountain in Tennessee is a sweet little cabin store full of pottery and handmade gifts. Full Circle Candles and Hallelujah Pottery are a joint effort for our community.
Highlander Folk School
The Highlander Folk School campus was first established in 1932 in Monteagle. The school began by organizing unemployed and working people, and working toward a more just and inclusive society. It also focused on fighting segregation. The school campus is presently closed to the public, as it undergoes restoration.
Just IN Time Adventures
Nashville's First Hiking Tour Operator Authorized by TDEC and TN State Parks. Offering guided waterfall, hiking, cavern and various other outdoor adventure tours. Fees include round-trip transportation originating from the Nashville area via comfortable climate controlled mini-bus. Fully licensed and insured. A portion of sales proceeds is donated to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to help maintain trails and facilities.
Little Shop on 41
The Little Shop is located inside Gallery 41, featuring home decor items, custom metal and wood signs, and handmade note cards. Most every item can be customized with size, shape or color.
Lost Cove West Trailhead/Buggytop Cave
There are 12 trailheads within South Cumberland State Park. At Lost Cove West, take in the cool cave known by many names — “Buggytop Cave”, “Peter Cave” and its actual name, “Lost Cove Cave”.
Mountain Goat Trail
Old coal railroad route converted to a rail-trail, a bike and running path open to the public. From 1856 to 1985, the Mountain Goat Railroad carried coal and passengers over the Cumberland Plateau. It was called the Mountain Goat because the climb onto the Plateau was one of the steepest railroad ascents in the world.
Savage Gulf East Trailhead/Savage Ranger Station
There are 12 trailheads within South Cumberland State Park. At Savage Gulf East — perhaps the “wildest” part of the park — take an overnight hike to some of the most beautiful wilderness in the region…
Savage Gulf West Trailhead/Greeter Falls
There are 12 trailheads within South Cumberland State Park. At Savage Gulf West, the swimming holes are outstanding, and a shower beneath Greeter Falls is a rite of passage for many park visitors!
South Cumberland State Park Visitor Center
There are 12 trailheads within South Cumberland State Park. At the South Cumberland State Park Welcome & Info Center, check out some of the family-friendly activities, and a mini-museum, too!
Tenacity Adventure Fitness
Tenacity Adventure Fitness is a 10,000 sq-ft facility with a dedicated parkour area, cargo net climbs, rock walls, foam pits, trampolines, and several obstacles courses. Available for day use. The facility can easily accommodate larger groups seeking to have a fun-filled, unique, and memorable adventure.
The Course at Sewanee
The historic Course at Sewanee was renovated by Gil Hanse in 2013 — Golf Magazine’s 2009 Architect of the Year — who reimagined, redesigned and rebuilt all nine green complexes, added challenging new bunkers and alternate tees—while being mindful of the delicate ecosystem of the Cumberland Plateau.
University of the South Ralston Listening Library
The state-of-the-art facility offers an unparalleled audiophile resource, housing the world-class collection of recordings of the late Father William Ralston. The Library's mission is entirely philanthropic, designed to spread a love and appreciation for great music and audio to all. Operating hours in accordance with DuPont Library hours; visitor parking available in marked space in the lot located behind the library.
The Amish Hippie is one of the quirkiest vintage shops you’ll find in Tennessee! Plus, the homemade jam wall is everything. A visit to this incense-infused space has more than enough character to keep you coming back for more!
Denny Cove Trailhead
There are 12 trailheads within South Cumberland State Park. At Denny Cove, it’s a rock climbers’ paradise, with a double-cascade waterfall and nearly 500 climbing “routes” that have been mapped out on the cliff-lines…
Fiery Gizzard South Trailhead/Foster Falls
There are 12 trailheads within South Cumberland State Park. At Fiery Gizzard South, take on all 11 miles of the famed Fiery Gizzard Trail, complete with Fruit Bowls, Perpendicular Falls and Moonshine Stills…
Grundy County Historical Society & Museum
Free entry. Includes a running miniature replica of the Mountain Goat Railroad that carried coal and passengers over the Cumberland Plateau and real taxidermy wolf.
High Point Climbing
Whether you are climbing for the first time or looking to take your skills to the next level, High Point’s experienced climbing guides can help you enjoy an incredible day outside, tailoring your experience to whatever works best for you — Traditional Climbing, Sport Climbing, Bouldering or all of the above. High Point’s climbing guide service is fully insured, and all climbing guides are American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructors. Climbing is offered at Denny Cove and Foster Falls in South Cumberland State Park.
Laurie Museum & Archives
The Museum Collection contains a wide array of unique and interesting objects donated to the university and collected by the Archives. Often used in exhibits and research, these items lend a striking visual component to our holdings and serve to put many of our print and manuscript collections in their historical context.
Lost Cove East Trailhead/Sherwood Day Loop
There are 12 trailheads within South Cumberland State Park. At Lost Cove East, one of the newest areas of the park, check out a trail that was completed only a couple of years ago…
May Justus Memorial Library
May Justus was a noted author and teacher who encouraged people in this community to read. A complete collection of books by Miss Justus are maintained in the Library. The Library has public access computers, WiFi, and more.
Music on the Mountain at The Smoke House Patio Grill
Music on the Mountain at The Smoke House Patio Grill features some of the best artists and songwriters from Nashville every Friday night from 6:30pm to 9:30pm and every Saturday night from 4:30pm to 9:30pm. Also serving hot food and cold beer, with indoor and outdoor seating options.
Savage Gulf North Trailhead/Stone Door
There are 12 trailheads within South Cumberland State Park. At Savage Gulf North, check out the Great Stone Door, or embark on an overnight hike that takes in some of the most famous and historic parts of the park…
The Caverns - Cave Tours
EXPLORE THE CAVERNS!
The Caverns offers daily cave tours that include one of the largest underground rooms in the world at over 3 football fields long and a behind-the-scenes tour of the music venue. Walking tours of these otherworldly caves entwine the unique history of Grundy County, the geology of cave science, and the mythology of cave lore. Tours end on The Caverns world-famous stage.
Vibrant Synergy Boutique
Vibrant Synergy features a fun & funky menagerie of items from ladies clothing from size small-3x, accessories, fresh ground or whole bean coffee, personal care items, and so much more.