Big Creek Gulf, Big Creek Rim, and Stone Door Trails Loop is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Beersheba Springs, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used 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.
Trails are good.
I took the BCG trail to Alum Gap and spent the night, taking the BCR back to the ranger station. Due to the recent rainfall the Big Creek water level has risen significantly causing Ranger Falls to be inaccessible. On the plus side the water falls are going full force. Really beautiful. For an experienced hiker I'd say this hike is more on the moderate side rather than difficult. This trail is also doable for dogs, my shepherd had a blast. We'll be back in the summer!
Gorgeous views ! So peaceful and the views are just breathtaking
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.