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Great trail. The first half of the trip was much nicer than the second half. The sections closer to the creek have much better views and stopping points. The northern sides of the loops can be pretty boring. I suggest making a true figure 8 out of the two loops, to split up the boring parts with the amazing parts. Still an amazing hike. One of the better falls I've been to.

The trail leading to the loop is littered with fallen trees but they are cleared from the trail. All the trails are very well marked and ao well traveled that it is easy to follow. The North Rim has all the views and is worth the hike. The plateau is thorny but easy to hike.
Stay at Hobbs Cabin if you get a chance.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

So much water after all the rains. I’ve never seen Suter or Horsepound falls flowing like that. Amazing. The trail turned into mini creeks in a few areas.

10 mile day hike!! We did Salvage Day Loop (to the left) to North Rim Trail to Mountain Oak Trail to North Plateau Trail back on other side of SDL, with side trip to Salvage Falls, Lots of trees down but for the most part trail was clear, park service has done a fantastic job cleaning up from last years tornado.
Lot of good views from Rim trail and the bridges are fun but a little scary, lots of Rhododendron & Mountain Laurels

A great hike! There were many down and uprooted trees, looks like a storm can through recently but the trails where cleared. We where the only ones on the trail. Beautiful waterfall, great overlooks will hike again.

backpacking
blowdown
2 months ago

Did the whole loop in a 2 day 1 night trip. I started on the North Plateau trail on the first day, camped at one of the Hobbs cabin campsites, and finished with the North Rim trail on day 2. If I had to rate these trails separately, I'd give North Plateau 2 stars and the North Rim 4 or 5 stars. North Plateau is in the trees the whole time with really no memorable views other than a couple small streams. It is also very thorny and swampy in certain parts. North Rim trail was fantastic though. It snakes along the rim of the gorge and has a bunch of overlooks and waterfall. There are A LOT of down trees within the first couple mile from the ranger station and a couple stream crossings where your feet will get wet but, otherwise, it is a fairly easy trail with no major elevations. I had no problem finding water to fill up at any point along the loop. The Hobbs campsites were also very nice. They were clearly well maintained and the park ranger even popped in to check on us at one point to make sure that we were okay and didn't need anything. I will definitely be back to this trail when the weather warms up and it finally stops raining!

awesome trail with great views! It wouldn't be too difficult under ideal conditions. Be cautious going in the winter after heavy rain. The area before the bridge was completely iced over making it difficult to get across and there was lots of mud on the trail. Definitely worth the adventure!

Wonderful trail. Lots of boulder/rock climbing. Longer then stated but waterfalls are so worth the hike

The beautiful rock formations, forest and two waterfalls make this one of my absolute favorite trails. This hike is 5 miles round trip. It is nice that there is an outdoor toilet at the beginning of the trail at the camping sites. Make sure when you start out to go to the overlook then head down to Suter Falls then on down to Horsepound. Amazing hike!

We did not do the loop as outlined here because the campsites all along the North Rim Loop were full so we ended up hiking to Stage Road/Stagecoach #2, camping for a night, and hiking back out the next day. Savage Falls was a great way to start the day Saturday and end the day Sunday! Cold therapy on the joints and a great spot to eat. It was a fairly easy cruising-type hike. On the second half of the hike, branches of trail marked blue took us out to views along the way. Don't forget to reserve a campsite! In peak season, may need to do it 1-3 weeks in advance. Hobbs cabin looks like it books out months ahead for weekend nights. https://tnstateparks.itinio.com/south-cumberland

It is a beautiful hike perfect for a family hike!

Hiked the entire loop 2 day/1 night. The trail is longer than marked- my watch estimated about 19 miles rather than 17.5. North Plateau is covered in thorns and seed ticks as a heads up. Water is kind of low right now at all the creeks and spring at the cabin. Good hike just wear long pants for the NP! North Rim is fantastic.

Hiked the North Rim trail to Hobbs cabin and stayed the night this past weekend. Took the plateau trail out. The NR trail needs some serious maintenance. Lots of trees down, brush and thorns on the trail. Got lots of poison ivy.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but it feels like the trail mileage is a lot longer than what the signs say. Over all, it’s a good endurance trail with great views.

Great hike, trail is in really good shape. Went with my 8 year old and it was about the perfect distance and difficulty doing the 4 mile loop for her.

we saw 2 bears

Hiked the North Rim Trail to Hobbs Cabin and back this past weekend (~10 miles Saturday, ~8.5 miles Sunday). Couldn't have asked for more perfect weather. Trails are well marked, there is plenty of access to water, clean campsites and excellent views.

Would highly recommend to backpackers of all levels looking for a weekend getaway.

An overnight at Dinky Line Campsite is great for 1st time backcountry campers. Easy hike in on the North Plateau Trail so if you decide it’s not for you it’s a quick trip back out. Mountain Oak Trail will take you from Dinky Line to the North Rim Trail and will reward you with views of Savage Gulf.

Took the North Rim Trail to Hobbs Cabin to overnight there. Left Savage Gulf Ranger Station at 14:30 and chose this route as it was shorter than North Plateau and needed to arrive at camp before sunset. Was able to complete trip with approximately one hour of daylight left, but found this a strenuous hike with the fast pace and mostly being out of shape. Next day we completed the loop via the North Plateau Trail back to the Ranger Station. It was slightly longer than North Rim with no scenery but only one big climb and found this to be a good “recovery hike” after fast pace on North Rim the prior day.

backpacking
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

My wife and I hiked the North Rim Trail to Hobbs Cabin campsite #3. There is a nice water source just down the hill behind the cabin. The next day we completed our loop via the North Plateau Trail back to the ranger station. It was a beautiful hike and one we plan on doing again.

backpacking
Thursday, March 08, 2018

this large loop takes in most of what savage gulf has to offer. starting at stone door you hike west to greeters falls then back to alum gap for the first night. day two you hike into the gulf to ranger falls ending the first day at a camp site near Schwoon spring. on day three you work your way out of the gorge to a shelter at Hobbs Cabin. day four you walk along the north rim trail to savage falls where you can cut this trip short or spend another day or two walking back into the gulf then west till you ascend out at stone door.

this is a very strenuous hike. take extreme caution.

hiking
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

A great place to hike and get outside with so many trails you could hike for days. Awesome swing bridges to cross the rivers too. The view from the ridge was beautiful and we will definitely be back to do more hiking and possible campout in their several designated spots.

backpacking
Saturday, December 02, 2017

My dog and I backpacked the entire loop over 3 days/2 nights. This trail does not contain a lot of sustained steep uphills or downhills, so it feels mostly flat. The trails are well-marked and the bridge crossings are fun. Most of the really spectacular views are on the western side of the trail. After about 9 miles, I don't remember any views worth mentioning, but it was nice meandering through the forests. We stayed at Hobb's Cabin one night and then Dinkey Line campground the next night. Hobb's cabin was a bit of a disappointment. The bunks were really designed for children, not adults. I was able to sling my hammock up inside the cabin so I slept comfortably, but had I no had my hammock, I would have opted to sleep on the picnic table outside, or the floor rather than the bunks. The spring at Hobb's cabin was difficult to filter from because it is not very deep. A better place to filter water is either one of two streams prior to reaching the cabin (2 miles away if traveling clockwise, about 0.5 miles away traveling counter-clockwise). Hobb's Cabin is very dark inside, even during the day, so I wish I would have brought a couple of candles. Fires are allowed in the cabin, but you need to collect your own firewood and the windows need to be left open or you'll smoke yourself out. The next night we stayed at Dinkey Line campground. Water for filtration was pretty close, but spring fed, so a bit of a challenge. There was LTE service (Verizon) at Dinkey Line. This was good, but hearing the sounds of traffic on nearby highways kinda made it feel not so much like sleeping in the backcountry. I only gave 3/5 stars as a backpacking trip because I like to camp really close to water sources and prefer more privacy when camping backcountry. It felt like the campsites would lack privacy on a busy weekend.

backpacking
Monday, November 27, 2017

Great trail! Beautiful views and nice campsites along the way.

hiking
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Great trail. BTW at nearly ever rock outcropping I had a strong Verizon signal. Great to know I had comms since it was the first overnight trip with my little boy.

hiking
Saturday, October 14, 2017

The trail is made up of hard packed dirt, loose leaf litter, some rock outcropping, pine needles and surface roots. I can see why this trail has a moderate rating because of the slight grades on the trail along with some rock outcropping and roots. Overall the trail was great and well maintained. My wife and I took to the trail late in the day and the last 3 miles was a race with sun down. We made back to the trail head and about 20 minutes later it was dark. Next time we will bring head lamps.
We really enjoyed the trail.

hiking
Friday, September 01, 2017

Stunning views early on! The hike down was steep but beautiful. The creek bed was dry and the mosquitos/flies were out in full force. Lots of navigating on rocks and boulders. We saw a rattle snake near the end of the trail close to the cliffs. I'd love to go back when the leaves change and the creek is full of water!

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Would do the 4 mile again gorgeous!!!

Fabulous water falls and other water features ,great hike easy and cleared trails but definitely don't take the south rim to the end without food and water ...it's 7 miles in from the water falls and it's not a loop -:(...learned the hard way.. just like the chick said check with Ranger or grab a map..ENJOY!!

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