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Windy Hill Farm and Preserve

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“A 550 Acre Sanctuary Where We Rediscover the Beauty and Serenity of Nature”

Although we were not fortunate enough to have been born and raised in East Tennessee, we were nonetheless blessed to discover its natural beauty years later. 

Our first exposure to East Tennessee began on a road trip to the “beach” as it is popularly referred to by native Tennesseans. Arriving in the Knoxville area in the darkness of night, we were greeted by a blinding rain storm and the news that I-40 was impassable, the result of a not so uncommon mountain rock slide. Our adventure resumed early the next morning with now clear skies and a series of detours designed to circumnavigate yesterday’s rock slide. My growing impatience with this interruption to our vacation plans was soon replaced with the awe inspiring, natural beauty and splendor of East Tennessee that we experienced as we meandered through the foothills and mountains of the Great Smokys enroute to our final destination. It was then that we fell hopelessly in love with East Tennessee. 

Not many years later we sold our home and our business and moved to our new home – East Tennessee. And even though over 2 decades has passed since our very first East Tennessee adventure, we anxiously await each new morning when we welcome a brand new East Tennessee landscape masterpiece created from nature’s unlimited palette of colors, hues and textures.

Monday, October 12, 2020 was one such day. We had been invited to visit Windy Hill Farm and Preserve in Loudon County by one of its owners, Steven Brewington, a 29-year-old Tennessee native, husband, dad, and visionary who possesses an uncommon passion for the land, it’s preservation and sustainability.

Our visit began with an ATV tour of this 550 acre sanctuary, where we traversed its rolling terrain, pastures, meadows, stands of timber, breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains and picturesque vistas on its 2 miles of pristine shoreline along the Tennessee River. Well known to area sportsmen, Windy Hill Farm and Preserve has earned a reputation as one of the South’s premier destinations for responsible quail hunting. 

Our journey began at the Lodge where quail hunting enthusiasts gather prior to their upland hunting adventure on 5 different warm season grass courses, each providing a different experience. Windy Hill Farm and Preserve welcomes groups and individuals in pursuit of both Dove and Bobwhite Quail. Their team of experienced, passionate sportsmen and management team members practice meticulous habitat maintenance. They know and embrace the land and the tradition of the hunt. Joined by their trained guides and dogs, Windy Hill offers sportsmen an enjoyable and fruitful quail hunting experience. 

Quail hunting guests meet at the Lodge the morning of their half- or full-day hunt to enjoy a hearty breakfast and to be introduced to their guides. Guests are driven to one of the preserve’s wildlife habitat areas to begin their morning hunt. Lunch is served at the Lodge for both half- and full-day excursions. Following lunch and a brief period of relaxation, full-day guests return to the field. Before departure, guests will receive their birds cleaned and packaged to take home. 

Readers wishing to learn more about quail hunting packages at Windy Hill Farm and Preserve are encouraged to visit www.windyhillfarmtn.com or to call 865-385-4709. 

Next, we visited the Farmhouse Inn, a rustic, yet modern 5 bedroom home built by Steven’s grandfather, which sits atop one of the more commanding ridges on the preserve. The Inn, which overlooks the Tennessee River, features magnificent views of the river and surrounding rolling countryside through its expansive floor to ceiling windows, great room, fireplace and 1,000 square foot panorama deck for viewing. Perfect for hosting family getaways, corporate retreats or hunting groups, the Inn offers visitors an experience that will be treasured by friends and family for many years to come.

The final destination on our tour was the Home Farm where we traversed rolling pastures, crop fields, grazing cattle and heirloom hogs. We were somewhat surprised to witness a large expanse of sugarcane being grown for use in a variety of eco-friendly paper products.

Currently under development, and scheduled to open in Fall 2021, are 12 new upscale cabins featuring floor to ceiling windows offering  panoramic views of the Preserve. Guest packages will include Farm to Table/Field to Fork dining experiences in the Lodge, as well as agritourism programming, water and other outdoor activities. 

What perhaps surprised us most about this natural 550 acre sanctuary was not only its ability to protect, preserve and promote this area’s abundant wildlife, nor the views from its panoramic ridges, nor its 2 miles of Tennessee River shoreline and its often mist-shrouded lowlands. What surprised us the most was the fact that Windy Hill Farm and Preserve is located less than 5 minutes from Tellico Village, yet is unknown to most of us. Windy Hill Farm and Preserve is a natural treasure that truly enriches our community.

Discover even more about Windy Hill Farm and Preserve, its history and other amenities including hiking trails, by visiting their website www.windyhillfarmtn.com.

You might also be interested to learn that Windy Hill Farm and Preserve also offers Gift Certificates for its quail hunting packages. These certificates are ideal for the sportsmen or sportswomen in your family who may be difficult to shop for. They are perfect for any occasion.

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” – Henry David Thoreau

Windy Hill Farm and Preserve
1180 Poplar Springs Blair Bend Road
Loudon, TN 37774
steven@windyhillfarmtn.com
865.385.4709

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