DEVILSTEP HOLLOW 

and Head of Sequatchie Springs

Devilstep Hollow Cave/Head of Sequatchie Springs is a 385-acre tract of land in Cumberland County with thousand-year-old cave drawings, where a blue-green pool is surrounded by towering limestone walls. This site preserves nationally-significant cave art, rich Tennessee scenery, geology, archeology, history, and biodiversity, and provides a vital link to the Cumberland Trail, supporting the larger initiative to conserve the Cumberland region’s key attractions. It contains mud glyphs, petroglyphs, and pictographs, which is rare for a cave found in the southeastern United States. Hikers and fishers will enjoy exploring the area, connecting to the Cumberland Trail, or tossing a line in the Sequatchie River. More information is available on the Cumberland Trail State Park’s website.

 

Our Conservation Story

This gem was brought to the attention of TennGreen by friend and board member, Bob Brown. He pushed for the organization to pursue this place—even though it was far outside its price range—by suggesting that it was so valuable, so historic, so scenic, that it should be a national park.

 

After receiving permission from the bereaved sons of the landowner who had recently passed, TennGreen helped organize a tour of the property that included the Cumberland County Mayor; State Representative, Eric Swafford; the director of Cumberland Trail State Park, Bobby Fulcher; county historian, Martha Hale; and several cavers from the Southeastern Cave Conservancy. It was this meeting of brilliant, passionate, and forward-thinking minds that set the wheels of conservation in motion for Devilstep Hollow.

 

The proposal to include this property on the Cumberland Trail helped entice state funds that significantly relieved the financial burden of conserving this land. Additionally, the family who owned the property made generous contributions in the form of both an easement and a bargain sale discount. Countless other contributors helped make this nearly $3 million project possible.

 

Devilstep Hollow’s conservation value is hard to put a price tag on, though. Its stunning and rare cave art has been studied by the Smithsonian Institute, the National Geographic Society, and the University of Tennessee, among others.

 

The property also holds rich geomorphic history along the Sequatchie Valley, where karst limestone topography forms a ridge-and-valley landscape with an interconnected system of sinkholes and is one of the richest concentrations of caves in the United States. Additionally, there are two cabins, a link to the Cumberland Trail, and opportunities for fishing in the Sequatchie River. Devilstep Hollow is truly a Tennessee treasure, rich in unique scenery, geology, and archeology.

Location

225 Tranquility Lane, Pikeville, TN 37367

Lat: 35.782501, Long: -85.015312

Directions

From I-40 near Crossville, take exit 322 and go south on Hwy. 392 for 2.9 miles  and turn left on US Hwy 127. At this point you are 12.1 miles to the driveway. Continue on US Hwy. 127 for 4.5 miles…watch for Y with Hwy.127 and Hwy. 68. Stay on US Hwy. 127. Just past the Texaco station on the left, turn left onto Old Hwy. 28. Stay on Old Hwy. 28 for 7.6 miles to the driveway on the left (Tranquility Lane).

Devilstep Hollow/Head of Sequatchie Springs is open to the public on a limited basis. To visit, contact the Cumberland Trail State Park office at 423-566-2229.