Savage Day Loop Savage Gulf State Natural Area, TN
miles
LENGTH 4.6 MILES
DIFFICULTY 3.8 Easy
DURATION 2 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
550
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Lollipop
Loop
Savage Day Loop

Savage Day Loop offers hikers a good view of Savage Gulf and a good waterfall along this 4.6 mile relatively easy Tennessee trail. This would make a good winter hike with slightly better views along the canyon rim.

The trail begins next to the ranger station. Make sure to sign in and out of the visitor registration log at the beginning and end of your hike. The trail is well marked with white blazes and signs at every intersection. After a mile, the trail will split right and left, beginning the loop part of this lollipop. This description heads to the right.

Just short of another mile after the split, the North Rim Trail will branch off to the right. Stay straight. From here you'll be walking along the canyon rim. There's not much of a view until you get to Rattlesnake point where a plaque recognizes Samuel and Ellen Werner who originally bought and protected this land.

Continue on for another half mile to a short side trail to a view of Savage Falls. Shortly after this a large sign for the South Rim Trail points to the right, along with Savage Falls. Take this side trail .3 miles to Savage Falls, following the signs along the way. Here you get a better view of the falls, which can be just a trickle if it hasn't rained in a while. From here head back to where the South Rim Trail split off the main loop, then another 1.3 miles back to the ranger station to finish this hike out.

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Details
length4.6 miles
difficulty3.8 Easy
duration2 hours
trail typeLollipop Loop
blazeWhite
elevation gain550 ft.
state Tennessee 
park/forestSavage Gulf State Natural Area
South Cumberland State Park
ranger districtSavage Gulf Ranger Station
3177 State Road 399
Palmer, TN 37365
931-779-3532
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 35.434228, -85.539612 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°26.05, W 85°32.38 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 35°26'03'', N 35°26'03'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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35.434228, -85.539612 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°26.05, W 85°32.38 most GPS units use this one
N 35°26'03'', N 35°26'03'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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Notes
The park is open from 7:00 am to sunset year-round.
Make sure to sign in and out on the visitor registration log.
A sign warns hikes to not jump or dive in the water at Savage Falls. Also be careful of wet and slippery rocks.
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3 (1)
hikethesouth-8 months ago
Good Easy HIke
This is a perfectly fine hike, but I do think there are better in this park. If you're looking for an easy loop with a few miles on it, this may be the best option in the area. There's a good view and a good waterfall, but most of this hike is just walking in the woods. But hey, that's what hiking is all about.
Easy | Hiked Summer 2013
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