Big Creek Gulf, Big Creek Rim, and Stone Door Trails Loop is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Beersheba Springs, TN that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Savage Gulf has multiple trail sections. This loop includes the Big Creek Gulf (BCG), Big Creek Rim (BCR) and Stone Door (SD) Trails to create a 9.5 mile loop. Savage Gulf is located near Beersheba Springs, Tennessee. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.
This is an aggressive trail for a day trip. I decided to go clockwise to avoid having to climb out the stone door with weary legs. The trail is difficult in the fall with the leaves down on top of unstable rocks. Despite extreme drought conditions, I was pleased to see Ranger Falls still flowing! The Rim trail is relatively flat with a incredible overlooks from time to time. There's a lot of loose rocks on the Gulf trail. All trails are marked relatively well with placards and junctions have clear signage. Total trip was 9.8 miles with a jaunt to Ranger Falls mixed in.
Great views from BCR. Stone Door to Alum via BCG is tough with a pack in cold weather. Currently, there is no water. Staff and ranger at Stone and Alum are friendly and knowledgeable.
The scenery was beautiful but I didn't find this hike hard at all. The trails are well maintained and markers are easy to see. If you are looking for a harder trail, try nearby fiery gizzard. I hiked this a few weekends ago and it truly is difficult.
Great views from the overlooks. All creeks and waterfalls were dry.
We took the gulf trail to alum campground and laurel back to the parking lot. The views from the rim are great and being able to cool off in the river after the descent was amazing. Campground 4,5, and (partially) 6 at alum campground sit on the edge of a bluff and have the best views. I wish we had taken the rim trail back rather than laurel since the latter was just an easy walk in the woods with no views or major topo changes.
Beautiful views. Great workout. Peaceful.
We set out from the Stone Door ranger station south along the Stone Door (SD) trail headed, ultimately, for the Alum Gap campground. After taking in some wonderful views at the convergence of the SD, BCG and BCR trails we decided to push west on the BCG. It's a pretty rugged trail marked by a fairly steep descent into the valley with a matching ascent leading into Alum Gap. Recommend taking ample water in the summertime as the river was dry for the first 2/3rds of the trail during our mid June outing. Would also recommend hiking boots with good ankle support to ease scrambling over some rather jagged and rocky trails. After a well deserved night camping under the stars at Alum Gap campground (reserve campsite 4 for the best views) we took the very easy Laurel trail back to the parking lot at the Stone Door ranger station. Keep your packs light and your water bottle full to make the most of this beautiful trek. Also, make sure to allow some extra time for pictures and for picking your way through the more rugged parts of the trail. Five stars!
Great backpacking trip. Plenty of water sources. Well-marked trails. Must reserve online and pay for backcountry permit. Definitely worth it. The hike Alum Gap down through the stone door and along big creek gulf trail is challenging. The rim trail on the I way out is pretty easy and has great overlooks.
Have hiked this (along with Stone Door trail, Ranger and Greeter falls; ~12.5 miles) several times and love it. Thought it was a hard hike till I did Collins Gulf! Very doable day hike with one boulder hopping climb that will be slippery in wet weather. Well marked, generally very clean.
The trail was beautiful, well marked and well kept. Ranger falls is a must! The trail isn't extremely hard, but certain parts can be challenging. Well worth every step!