The Stone Door Ranger Station is within the Savage Gulf area and is accessible off State Highway 56 near Beersheba Springs. Trail continues on opposite side. The 1st mile takes you up to the Savage Day Loop / Mountain Oak intersection. Distance from Nashville: 1 hour 45 min. MODERATE 5.3 mi. The plateau hike is 3. Your email address will not be published. From here it is 0.9 miles to the Dinky Line campsite and 2 miles along the northern section of Mountain Oak Trail before you reconnect with the main trail leading back to the trailhead. Savage Falls via South Rim Trail. The first half of the trip was much nicer than the second half. This trail was easy to hike. Overview: A great introduction to the Savage Gulf system with a waterfall, suspension bridges, and sweeping views of the gulf. This stacked-loop trail includes Mountain Oak Trail and sections of the North Rim Trail. Sections of stacked stonewalls are all that remain. Savage Gulf was designated in 1973 by the Tennessee State Legislature as a Class II Natural Scientific Area. By contrast, The Great Gulf’s trails, built … The Savage Gulf is located in central Tennessee in South Cumberland Mountains. Hobbs Cabin via North Rim Trail. The trail system in the Savage Gulf Natural Area has been developed to enable the hiker to walk through and view the resource, but reduces to a minimum the impact that will be made on the area. Savage Gulf is 15,590-acre natural area located in Grundy and Sequatchie Counties. It'll make for a leisurely fall hike; I'll be bringing my kiddos, too. (1) Brady Mt. 3. Length of trail: 5 miles including Savage Falls, 4.2 miles without the falls. This year it worked out were I could fit this race into my busy training and racing schedule again. DIFFICULT 12.2 mi. Before you head down the trail, be sure to register at the dayhiker kiosk at the trailhead, as required by park rules. Some nice overlooks can be accessed along this 3.2 mile trail. 0.4 Ranger Creek Falls. Campsites: Savage Station and Savage Falls, reserve here. The Stagecoach Historic Trail was once a toll road built in the 1840's connecting McMinnville to Chattanooga, TN. We did it in a counter clockwise direction which save the best for last. Runners … We started late so went the shorter side 3ish miles to Dinky Line. Women's Record: 2017 Alondra Moody (40) 4:41:23. West Collins Loop via Collins Gulf Trail. 5. I can see plumes of my breath drift away as I parallel Big Creek midway through an 8.6-mile loop—a small price to pay for getting one of the South’s prettiest spots to myself. We where the only ones on the trail. The bridges were cool. You can keep going along that trail on a long (6+miles) loop, or turn around and go back. Falls first, then Dinky Camp, then Mountain Oak/North Rim, then the upper loop of the Day Trail. So, if you’re looking for a perfectly easy day hike in what I believe is one of the best hiking spots in Tennessee outside of the Smokies, get on out to the Savage Day Loop. So, I am sorry to say it, but I guess we are going to have to hike all of the trails in Savage Gulf to get our data for each trail. After reading your blog about Savage Gulf, another adult leader in our Scout Troop suggested we go there and we organized a trip that was just completed. City Tours. It wasn’t a hard hike...just long. Best kept trail I’ve seen in tn! I have spent a couple of long Saturday’s running through the beautiful Savage Gulf State Natural Area this winter/spring. See link above. We will hike in via the Savage Day loop along Savage Creek. Time ... Savage Gulf Hike, Day 3. With legalities out of the way, head down the common entrance trail as it heads over some wooden waterbars and short boardwalks, descending slightly. Only one trail leaves the ranger station, and it is the common entrance trail that feeds all of Savage Gulf ’s trails. 2. I'm just glad you discovered Savage Gulf, and actually went there. 4. Still an amazing hike. Savage Day Loop offers hikers a good view of Savage Gulf and a good waterfall along this 4.6 mile relatively easy Tennessee trail. Trail: Savage Day Loop plus Savage Falls add-on. Savage Gulf State Natural Area is one of nine properties that make up South Cumberland State Park in Southeastern Tennessee. Stone Door Ranger Station: 931-692-3887 . Closest water when dry is Greeter Falls … The trailhead is located at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station. To the right of the building, you'll find the trailhead for the Savage Day Loop. Because of of the trail’s distance, I think that intermediate-beginners could pull off this trail pretty easily. Hobbs Cabin via North Rim Trail. 0.1 Big Creek, normally dry, can be treacherous if water is high. Address: P.O. The Stagecoach Historic Trail was once a toll road built in the 1840's connecting McMinnville to Chattanooga, TN. The actual location of the Stage Road Campsites was a bit off on the Savage Gulf map (available at the Ranger Station or online). Savage Gulf Trail Map; Tennessee Landforms; Appalachian Treks; Edgetrekker; Cloudhiking; Labels. History Museums. It can be accessed from interstate 24 at the Monteagle, Tenn exit 127. We didn’t walk all the way to the camp ground so maybe the view from there might be better. Type of hike: Lollipop loop Enjoyable stroll through the woods. Getting There. Your email address will not be published. Fiery Gizzard Interactive Map (map file is 99¢ -- requires free Avenza app) Lost Cove Topographic Map Meadow Trail Map. MODERATE 7.2 mi. The “Gnatonater” scored 78 gnats killed along the way! Trailhead: Great Stone Door Ranger Station. We corrected the location on our map. Note: the lollipop trail off of the Mountain Oak trail is overgrown and underused, not maintained and easily missed. MODERATE 7.2 mi. Window Cliffs :: Window Cliffs State Natural Area, Bryant Grove Trail :: Long Hunter State Park. Its sheer sandstone cliffs and rugged canyons provide extraordinary views. It’s no wonder this area, known as Savage Gulf, draws crowds. But, as with any waterfall and river, it’s quite slippery and boulder-y when you get to the base of the falls. There, you can begin the 1.8-mile journey to the park's more-secluded waterfall. :) There are options to add miles if you like to explore on your own with side trails. Great hike, trail is in really good shape. Honestly we thought the hike was just “ok”. Also not the very top piece of the map is not real. There’s so much to see in this state natural area. Link to trail map: Savage Gulf State Natural Area. Good for exercise but not very scenic. Water can be filtered from near by stream if conditions have not been dry. From the parking lot, this moderate to strenuous 1.4 mile trail (including the spur to the Greeter Home Place and the Greeter Loop) descends 240 feet into the coves made by Firescald Creek and Boardtree Branch. There are some stunning views of the gulf along the North Rim Trail. Join me as I hike the Collins Gulf in the Savage Gulf State Natural Area. You had a few good views but not work the effort. to go down and fun to check out. Directions. Saw Mill Loop via Collins Rim Trail and Collins Gulf Trail. Either way, I am glad I made the 2 hour trip back to the Savage Gulf Natural Area to run this year's edition of the Savage Gulf Trail Marathon. Campsites: Savage Station and Savage Falls, reserve here. Round-Trip Mileage: 9.8 miles with the side trip to Ranger Falls. Trailhead: Savage Gulf Ranger Station off of TN-399. The Savage Gulf Ranger Station is the eastern access point to the Savage Gulf-Stone Door trail system that traverses the most rugged and scenic areas of the South Cumberland complex. Next morning we arose early packing up in fast fashion to begin our hike across the South Rim Trail back to Savage Gulf … Distance 4 hrs 2 min. 4. It is a beautiful hike perfect for a family hike! 3. Brown's Dairy Bar (6) 4.9 mi. It offers a scenic overlook and 3 to 4 waterfall views depending on how adventurous you want to be. Before you head down the trail, be sure to register at the dayhiker kiosk at the trailhead, as required by park rules. DIFFICULT 25.7 mi. There are a handful of sites a stone’s throw away from the Savage Gulf Ranger Station, Then, there’s some sites near the falls if you were looking to do a little backpacking. Development in a Class II Natural Area is restricted to foot trails, foot bridges, and overlooks. The Savage Gulf Ranger Station is the eastern access point to the Savage Gulf-Stone Door trail system that traverses the most rugged and scenic areas of the South Cumberland complex. There’s stairs to the bottom of the falls where you’ll get the full effect. Take TN 50 to TN 56, through Altamont to junction of TN 108. Length of trail: 5 miles including Savage Falls, 4.2 miles without the falls. 1. Make sure you thank the ranger! We … but I did the whole 9 something miles , its basically 2 loops so if you want to go short trip you can just do the Savage day loop. Only other option when creeks are dry is a bed that was 1.5 miles past dinky. Savage Falls via South Rim Trail. The ridge line overlooking the river below had some incredible views. It begins from the Stone Door trail and ends at Alum Gap Camp Area. 2. The female ranger at the station was super helpful before I started. The Savage Gulf Day loop is a moderately trafficked loop trail located in the Savage Gulf Natural Area near Palmer, Tennessee. Other trails in the Park: Many! The Stone Door Ranger Station is within the Savage Gulf area and is accessible off State Highway 56 near Beersheba Springs. Participant Limit: 100. If warmer weather has you looking for a hike at higher elevations and on fairly easy terrain, perhaps with a waterfall and a place to wade, consider this 5.2-mile option at Savage Gulf. A two-day hike in the Savage Gulf Natural Area on the following trails: Laurel, Greeter Falls, Big Creek Rim Trail, Big Creek Gulf Trail, and the Ranger Falls Trail. The park’s more than 50 miles of hiking trails, including the marathon course, are open year-round. DIFFICULT 12.2 mi. Took a few detours so went about 11 miles. nice and peaceful trip. First Year of the Event: 2012. The race begins at the Stone Door Ranger Station, follows the edge of the bluff overlooking the Gulf, then at 2.6 miles drops through the Stone Door rock formation, a 150-foot crevice in the cliffside. Savage Day Loop offers hikers a good view of Savage Gulf and a good waterfall along this 4.6 mile relatively easy Tennessee trail. Not much to see of the falls. The Edmands Path, Crawford Path, and Valley Way were constructed with a hiker’s comfort in mind, with grading and switch-backs. It’s no wonder this area, known as Savage Gulf, draws crowds. Latitude: 35.44649, Longitude: -85.65559 . DIFFICULT 12.2 mi. Trailhead: Stone Door Ranger Station on Stone Door Road off of TN-56 near Altamont, TN.. MODERATE 7.4 mi. The sections closer to the creek have much better views and stopping points. Savage Gulf Natural Area has more than 50 miles of trails, so be sure to start this adventure from the Savage Gulf Ranger Station entrance. A few years ago, there was a major blowdown, but the trail is in great shape! 5. Cator Savage, a descendant of Samuel Savage, for whom the gulf is named, built his cabin in approximately 1910. Recommended shorter hike For those looking for something more level and in the 5-mile range, I recommend taking the Big Creek Rim Trail for 1.6 miles beyond the Stone Door to the Sinks Overlook and retuning via the same route. Basically just follow the signs and blaze for a good hike. Best Seller. Savage Falls Loop via Savage Day Loop. It’s relatively safe for kids to explore and there are markers every[masked]ft. 0.2 Wooden foot bridges. Savage Gulf Mountain Oak Loop Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palmer, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Distance from Nashville: 1 hour 45 min. Don't hesitate to do the Laurel Falls loop. Virgin Falls Trail is a personal favorite-not just the 3 main falls, but the whole trail. The trail begins next to the ranger station. Hobbs Cabin via North Rim Trail. This would make a good winter hike with slightly better views along the canyon rim. Saw Mill Loop via Collins Rim Trail and Collins Gulf Trail. Carved like a giant crowfoot into the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau, it is one of Tennessee's most scenic wilderness areas. Went with my 8 year old and it was about the perfect distance and difficulty doing the 4 mile loop for her. I really enjoyed this hike. West Collins Loop via Collins Gulf Trail. Savage Falls via South Rim Trail . The hike along the rim is 5 stars. Trail: Savage Day Loop plus Savage Falls add-on. The northern sides of the loops can be pretty boring. - Toilets at trailhead Savage Day Loop. Masters Women Record: 2017 Alondra Moody (40) 4:41:23. (And also maybe invite me along because I love sharing this trail with others! The Savage Gulf Ranger Station is the eastern access point to the Savage Gulf-Stone Door trail system that traverses the most rugged and scenic areas of the South Cumberland complex. The trail begins next to the ranger station. Box 561, Beersheba Springs, TN 37305. Men's Record: 2019 Nathan Holland (35) 3:55:39. Race Report - 2014 Savage Gulf Trail Marathon 3/15/2014 10:00:00 PM. Boardtree Falls. - If you follow AllTrails arrows a great place for lunch is overlook at 4.8 miles. Savage Gulf Trail Distances Popular Day Hikes Map Printable Directions Basic Fiery Gizzard Trail Map Fiery Gizzard Topographic Map. Cloudy so it wasn’t too hot; would’ve been well shaded otherwise. From the Savage Gulf Ranger Station it is approximately 8.5 miles to Hobbs Cabin. I had already registered for a local 10 miler, when Cary convinced me that this Savage Gulf Trail Marathon is not to be missed. 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