Frequently Asked Questions: Head of Sequatchie

Can we tour Devilstep Cave?

Erroneous media reports sometimes suggest that guided tours are offered of Devilstep Cave on a periodic basis. Sadly, this is not possible.  The cave is sealed and entrance is forbidden. Because of the sensitive ecology of the cave environment, and the archeological significance of the site which compels its preservation, no plans for offering tours are being considered. You can view the cave opening from a barrier at the perimeter of the sinkhole surrounding it.  Occasionally, for special events, a ranger will be stationed at the barrier to provide historical and archaeological programming relating to the cave.

In addition, due to the occurrence of bats with white nose syndrome (WNS) in Tennessee, all caves on state owned lands are closed to the public until further notice. Cave closures are in effect at the Head of Sequatchie and all lands managed by the Cumberland Trail.  View more information about white nose syndrome.

Can I go inside the Cave Springs Schoolhouse?

The Cave Springs Schoolhouse is in poor condition and in need of substantial restoration and preservation investment.  The chimney is leaning and very dangerous. Please keep a wide berth as you view the exterior of the schoolhouse and do not enter the structure.

What is there to do at the Head of Sequatchie?

Hiking: There is approximately 1 mile of trail currently open at the Head of Sequatchie and more trail is scheduled for construction in Summer of 2015.  The Cumberland Trail will be connected to the Head of Sequatchie and complete by the end of 2018.

Picnicking: Recently, volunteers & staff installed a number of new picnic tables for the enjoyment of our visitors. The Head of Sequatchie a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch.  We do not have grills installed at this time, and there are no designated areas where fires are permitted.

History & Archeology: You can view the entrance to Devilstep Cave and interpretive displays about its history (The displays are in poor condition and new displays will be erected when funding can be secured). You can also view the exterior of the Cave Springs schoolhouse and the Sherrill family cemetery.

Head of Sequatchie: You can view the spring that is the origin of the Sequatchie River, and dip your toes in the creek.  It’s an idyllic scene and an enjoyable place to spend an afternoon.

Wildflowers & Birds: The surrounding area is home to many varieties of wildflowers, native plants, and birds.

How do I get there?

Here are some turn by turn directions, and a Kiosk Map of the Area by our GIS Specialist.  The turn-off from Old Hwy 28 to Glyph Parkway is easy to miss, and is labeled with a sign that says “Private Drive,” which is a bit confusing.  On open days, a ranger will place a sign to help you identify the turn.