Of The Southern Cumberland Plateau


The area surrounding the Three Oaks Guest House abounds with sights to see and things to do.  Historic sites and Civil War battlefields, shopping and dining, the University of the South in Sewanee, a rich Mountain culture, and great outdoor adventures are all literally at your doorstep.  Three Oaks is your vacation home headquarters for exploring this region.

Close by is the South Cumberland State Recreation Area, with some of the best hiking and camping opportunities in the South.  The Fiery Gizzard Trail is considered by many one of the best hiking trails east of the Mississippi.
Fiery Gizzard Creek plunges down into Black Canyon under a fallen Hemlock.
The quaint village of Sewanee, home to the renowned University of the South, is just five minutes away.  Modeled after Oxford, the campus of the University is one of the most beautiful in the world.

Cultural experiences are year-round, and there are shops and eating opportunities in the "downtown" area.

Monteagle, at the junction of Hwy. 64 and Interstate 24, is just ten minutes away, and offers more opportunities for shopping, groceries, hiking accessories, and dining.  Monteagle straddles the interstate, and is about 50 minutes from Chattanooga, or 90 minutes from Nashville.

Traveling from Monteagle toward Tracy City one finds the headquarters of the South Cumberland State Recreation Area, where rangers interpret the natural world of the Cumberland Plateau to visitors, and regular outings and programs are scheduled.

Dee and Lance at the Fiery Gizzard.
Three Oaks is a bird watcher's paradise.  Our unique combination of woodlot, old forest, meadows, streams, pond and wetland habitats make for a great variety of birds making their homes here year round, coming here for the breeding season, or stopping by on their migrations in spring and fall.  Whether you are a serious ornithologist, an avid birder, or just a casual observer, you will enjoy your stay at Three Oaks.

Over sixty species of bird have been identified here.  In addition to perennial favorites such as Goldfinches, Cardinals, Chickadees, Titmice, Nuthatches and Wrens, we have been attracting a resident population of Bluebirds by providing nesting boxes.  A recent new sighting was a Louisiana Waterthrush.

The pond is frequrently visited by Canada Geese in the fall and spring.  It is a thrill to hear them  honking as they land and take off from the pond.  Wood Ducks also live in the pond habitat.

Bluebird nesting
Rose Breasted Grosbeak
Canada Geese
American Goldfinch
Indigo Bunting
Rufous Sided Towhee
Wood Duck
Cumberland State Park - largest masonry dam in the U.S.
Savage Gulf, the "Grand Canyon of the East" just minutes from Sewanee
Part of the Quadrangle and Breslin Tower, University of the South, Sewanee, taken from the tower of All Saints' Chapel
The Sewanee Natural Bridge, one of the largest natural arches in the East