Life on the Mountain

Sky high trees. Blueberry lined woodland paths leading to sweeping valley views. Swimming holes. SAS is a world apart from the hustle and bustle of urban and suburban life. At SAS, cultivating one's intellect and creativity supersedes developing wardrobes and having the latest electronic devices. The view from “The Mountain" (as this area is known locally) has a way of putting daily life into perspective.

Nearby Sewanee (pop. 2,500) is home to the University of the South, one of the country's top liberal arts schools. Sewanee provides year-round cultural and athletic opportunities, including lectures, concerts, movies and plays. Students enjoy the University's 9-hole golf course, outdoor and indoor tennis courts, indoor swimming pool, and climbing wall. Pizza at the local restaurants, drinks and sweets at the two local coffeehouses, and access to the University's extensive library holdings are some of the reasons we consider Sewanee to be a great neighbor.

The 13,000-acre domain of the University, which adjoins the 550-acre SAS campus, is a paradise of forests, bluffs, and waterfalls with hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The views are incredible, with cliffs dropping 900 feet to the valleys below. Town government and municipal services (including fire and police protection) are provided by the University of the South.

The neighboring town of Monteagle, about the same size as Sewanee, is near I-24, 45 miles north of Chattanooga and 90 miles south of Nashville. Monteagle is where SAS students go to stock up on munchies, enjoy some fast food, or grab supplies that they can't find in the school store.

Students enjoy the serenity of the forests and rolling fields, the chance to canoe and rock climb, and opportunities to hike to our swimming hole (The Res). People in Sewanee greet one another with a wave and a hello. The police know residents by sight. Everyone knows the names of their neighbors and their neighbor's dog. People ride bikes to work. Our alumni look back with great nostalgia to their time on the Mountain. They bring their children back to show them how bright the stars are at night and how beautiful the sunsets are. They remember that when so many things seemed to be changing, SAS provided a quiet refuge.

Read more about the community of Sewanee in our town's weekly paper, the Sewanee Mountain Messenger.

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