There's plenty to do and see in Sequatchie Valley and the South Cumberland Plateau! Check out all of the non-cycling attractions below:
SATURDAY PIKEVILLE FALL FESTIVAL
Saturday Oct 3rd is not only Cycle Sequatchie, but it's also the date for Pikeville's annual Fall Festival! For a community that prides itself on its small-town charm, you'll be amazed at how big the festival is, with a surprising variety of vendors, activities, performers, and live music! Just 20 minutes north of our homebase in Dunlap, Pikeville's Fall Fest is definitely worth checking out after your ride. You can also get a sneak preview during the ride, as Pikeville is one of our rest stops! Click here for more info and click here for a video from last year's festival!
SUNDAY FARM TOUR & LUNCH
Sequatchie Cove Farm Tour & Lunch
Known for their all-natural practices and top quality produce, meats and cheeses, a tour of Sequatchie Cove Farm is the perfect Sunday reward for Saturday's effort. Learn about the farm, sample their award-winning cheeses, and then enjoy a farm-fresh lunch in a beautiful setting. This special treat is limited to only 20 guests. Sunday, October 4th, 10:00-1:00 (central time). $65 per person. Click here for more info!
Find everything you need to know about all of the great attractions that make Sequatchie Valley such a special place at VisitSequatchieValley.com. Festivals, restaurants, shops, museums, history and more! Featuring Pikeville, Dunlap, Whitwell, Jasper, Kimball, and South Pittsburg.
Mt Airy Golf
Get in a round of golf at the beautiful Mt Airy Golf Course just north of Dunlap!
See where the Sequatchie River starts on the north end of the Valley (out of the mouth of a cave!) and learn about the unique ecology and historic significance of the area (including ancient pictographs) at Head of Sequatchie park. The park is also a trailhead for the Cumberland Trail which will eventually extend almost 300 miles all the way from Chattanooga to the Kentucky & Virginia border. Entrance to the park is free!
Explore the ruins of a once thriving industrial complex and learn about the coal-mining history of Sequatchie Valley at the Coke Oven museum, full of fascinating photos and artifacts from the early 1900’s. For those who are more ambitious, there is a trailhead that leads to the top of Fredonia Mountain where you can see expansive views of the valley. Admission to the park and museum is free!
South Cumberland plateau
The Cumberland Plateau is the largest remaining forested plateau in the continental United States, making it a nature-lover's dream! But the Plateau is more than just beautiful parkland. It is also home to some great communities with a rich cultural heritage, including Sewanee - the University of the South! Learn more about Sewanee, Monteagle and Tracy City at SouthCumberlandChamber.com and FriendsofSouthCumberland.org!
The Mountain Goat Trail is a multiuse recreational path that uses the an old railroad bed. When finished, the trail will span 0ver 35 miles and connect seven towns in two counties. To date, there are 8 miles of paved trail in Sewanee, Monteagle and Tracy City with additional sections coming soon!
South Cumberland State Park is made up of nine separate areas totalling close to 31,000 acres, making it Tennessee's largest state park. The parks include some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery in the eastern United States, including numerous waterfalls and the beautiful Fiery Gizzard Trail, ranked by Backpacker Magazine as one of the top 25 hiking trails in the United States!
Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of Tennessee’s largest and most visited state parks. Known primarily for its namesake 256-foot waterfall (one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States!), it also includes Piney Falls, Cane Creek Falls and Cane Creek Cascades, along with gorgeous vistas, lush stands of virgin hardwood timber, and a lake. It also has rental cabins, excellent camping facilities, a swimming pool, and zip-lining!