Savage Gulf, a 15,590-acre natural area, is carved into the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau in Grundy and Sequatchie Counties. The sheer sandstone cliffs and canyons make it one of Tennessee’s most rugged and scenic areas. Stone Door, a 10-by-100-foot crack, stretches from the top of the escarpment into the gorge, like a giant door left ajar.
This natural area is maintained and operated by Tennessee State Parks. Four parking areas, over 50 miles of hiking trails, backcountry camping and picnic areas are ready for you. Trail maps are available at South Cumberland State Park visitor center.
Native Americans used Savage Gulf as a passageway. Gorges feature breathtaking waterfalls. Greeter Falls drops over a 15-foot upper ledge, then plummets over a 50-foot lower ledge into a cold, clear plunge pool. Savage Creek enters its gorge over cascades and drops 30-foot at Savage Falls. Collins River and Ranger Creek have waterfalls that drop over limestone ledges and flow into sinks where they disappear. Big Creek, Collins River and Savage Creeks each tumble down over 5 miles, dropping over 800 feet through narrow gorges, forming the “Gulfs.” Observed from a 750 overlook, Big Creek mysteriously disappears below. Many big streams go underground through shale and limestone to form dry creek beds. Beware if you are caught in a downpour, sudden heavy rainfall can cause very dangerous flash floods.
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