Smart See, Smart Do™: Sewanee: The University of the South

The Enchanting Forest on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau

Sewanee: The University of the South

The 13,000-acre Domain of Sewanee: The University of the South, with 60 miles of hiking and biking trails, is available for a guided nature hike when you take a campus tour. According to Sewanee biology major and hike guide Jack Duffus, class of 2010, families appreciate having a chance to ask him all their real questions while they hike. “Many of them say they are used to being told everything that a campus tour guide wants them to know, instead of a conversation that allows them to learn the information that they actually want to know.” The Domain is a living lab for Sewanee students and faculty, from biology classes studying trees to writing classes needing a place for reflection. As for recreation, says Duffus, “without leaving campus, students can hike, camp, swim, sport climb, boulder, cave, vertical cave, canoe, kayak, row, and many other activities through the Sewanee Outing Program.”

In case you get the idea that Sewanee is only for the outdoorsy type, says assistant director of admissions Amy Hill, class of 2007, “I had never gone on a hike when I came to Sewanee and I somehow managed to stay off the trails and extremely busy and happy until my junior year when I participated in an S.O.P hike … now I go on a hike at least once a week.”

To learn more about visiting Sewanee, go to You can register for a visit and get information about how to get to Sewanee and where to stay. Or, call (800) 522-2234.

Sewanee: The University of the South
735 University Ave.
Sewanee, TN 37383

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Kathie Dickenson is an award-winning higher-education writer and editor and a
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