Forest Hiking Trails and Pipsissewa Arboretum

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S.V.I. Self-Guided
Forest Nature Trails
Information Booklet



Discover our self-guided numbered nature trails on 350 acres of mountainside at Sequatchie Valley Institute. There is much to learn about the diverse forest ecology, plants, and history of Southeast Tennessee. The easy-to-moderate, well-marked trails begin at the Liquidambar Art Gallery in the base of the valley.

Both trails lead to below the bluffs at Moonshadow, the Sequatchie Valley Institute headquarters, which is hand-crafted, solar-powered, and surrounded by 4 acres of Permaculture gardens.

The round trip will take 1-2 hours, allowing time for observation of nature along the way.

You may wish to bring a picnic lunch, along with plenty of hydrating fluids. Children are welcome with proper supervision and should have no problem managing the trail. Trail runners will find the terrain welcoming, even though our trails are not suitable for bikes. No pets, please.


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The Gallery and trails are available on most weekends of the year, with art offered for viewing and purchase by local and resident artists.  Please call or check here for dates and times we are open, as well as other information about the Liquidambar Art Gallery.  Proceeds from the Gallery help support the programs of S.V.I.


Hiking trails are free to attend during our hours of operation and are maintained by Sequatchie Valley Institute, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization promoting education and research in sustainable green living, ecology, and art. We also offer rustic camping packages.

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