The Domain is home to more than 65 miles of hiking trails and firelanes open to daytime hiking. The signature Perimeter Trail, is a 19-mile loop that circles much of the Domain and provides a hiking experience unparalleled anywhere else in the region. The trail varies in difficulty. While two miles are paved as part of the historic Mountain Goat Trail, other sections are more difficult, requiring sturdy boots and good physical fitness. The trails wind along miles of bluff overlooking the surrounding valleys and dip below the bluff into mature hardwood forests. Portions of the trail pass through the Sewanee Demonstration Forest, allowing users see the University’s innovative forest management and prescribed fire program up close.
Secondary trails connect to several recreational and focal destinations on property. For specific trail information, and a full list of rules and regulations for use of the Domain, please visit the kiosks at one of the recreational portals located at Green’s View, the Memorial Cross, the University Gates, Lake Cheston, Morgan’s Steep, Breakfield Road, and Downtown.
The University of the South’s trails and recreational amenities are primarily for the use of the faculty, staff, and students of the University of the South, and the University reserves the right to grant or deny permission to others who seek access to University property. Trails are intended for daytime use only.
The outdoor recreational amenities of the University of the South, are built and maintained largely by donations from users and alumni. The Tate Roberts Memorial Fund was established in to support maintenance of the Perimeter Trail. If you would like to donate to the Tate Roberts Memorial fund, or help with other recreational projects on the Domain, contact Advancement and designated your intended support of recreational projects.
A full copy of the trail use rules can be downloaded here.
Horseback riding on the Domain is primarily limited to current students. Those who are currently not students must have a valid permit from the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability. Those with active permits must remain on designated trails at all times.
Failure to abide by any of the above can result in a loss of riding privileges on University property.