Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Savage Gulf State Natural Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

love this place. trail to falls is easy. very well marked.

on Savage Day Loop

21 days ago

Good easy loop with nice detour to falls. I did the loop twice because it was easy and quite.

backpacking
27 days ago

Hiked from Savage Gulf RS to the Stagecoach Campground for our first overnight backpack trip. As everyone has said, it's a fairly easy trail with several scenic overlooks. The sites in the campground were spread out nicely. We stayed at #10 which is the furthest from the water source. We learned a few things on our first trip. First and foremost, pay very close attention to terrain. I stepped on a rock and dislocated my ankle. Luckily we were about a mile away from camp. Second, there were a ton of ticks. It was down in the 30's at night, so I didn't figure we'd have a big issue. Well, we did. Use repellent. :) Overall, nice first outing (minus the ankle tragedy) to test our stamina and backpacking skills.

hiking
29 days ago

Such a wonderful place. I went with my 7 year old. It was a very easy peaceful walk, with a huge payoff.

I loved this trail the waterfall was amazing

hiking
1 month ago

Great, easy trip mixed with backpacking and dayhiking. Classic trail that can’t be missed.

Just a nice little hike with steps thrown in, but you can walk right out on top of Falls, so watch you children.

beautiful trail, well maintained, Rangers were very friendly. We planned to hike the loop but we're caught up admiring the falls , looking forward to returning to finish the trail

walking
2 months ago

This was nothing but flat walking through trees. I found myself bored. This is a fine trail for a first time hiker but don't expect to see anything but trees, no view here.

Great views on the rim. Laurel trail was nothing but flat walking through trees. I found myself bored with this part of the trail.

A short trip down steps to the falls. A good warm up for the other trails.

hiking
2 months ago

We came into the park from 399. The ranger at the ranger station was very polite and friendly to our kids. We hiked to the falls and back out. About 3 miles round trip. There were other people hiking some with dogs but everyone was friendly. Trail was clearly defined and had markers every 50 ft or so. We plan to go back and hike further.

on Laurel Falls Loop Trail

2 months ago

This is an easy hike with some steps/stairs. It's a small waterfall but still pretty. It's a great addition when you hike to the Stone Door.

Beautiful waterfall and very nice ranger at the trailhead. Very easy hike for kids and pets!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this a few days ago it was beautiful. The waterfalls were peaceful. Rattlesnake Point was incredible, I’ll never forget that view. The beginning of the hike is a bit slow but well worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

You couldn't have asked for a better day for a hike, mid 60s, sunny, and a gentle breeze. The trails were well marked. Bathrooms were clean and everything worked fine. Waterfall was beautiful.

Easy hike with a well maintained trail and some pretty neat suspension bridges that my nine year old loved. Falls was great. Also must say that the ranger station by the parking lot had very clean and well maintained bathrooms which I rarely ever find at parks.

camping
3 months ago

Easy hike with neat brides to get you over the water flow. The waterfall is breathtaking!

3 months ago

can do as shorter 3.4 roundtrip to savage falls in winter is great as well.

on Savage Day Loop

hiking
3 months ago

Well marked and well maintained trail. Friendly, helpful ranger and restroom at the trailhead. Many great options in this park.

hiking
4 months ago

whole park is great!!

Short hike. Only worth it if you are combining it with Stone Door

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail not much to see in the way of views but still nice to be in the woods

I hiked this trail with some buddies of mine. We had a great time, it’s an easy trail and it has tons of beautiful overlooks! It also has some campsites on the trail for backpacking. It also is great for a one day trail hike.

on Savage Day Loop

hiking
6 months ago

A nice, easy hike with an overlook and a beautiful waterfall. Clean, well maintained trail. It had recently rained when i went, so the falls were quite impressive.

hiking
6 months ago

nice easy hike for the family

backpacking
7 months ago

My first backpacking trip. I started with my dog at the Ranger Station. Stopped at Savage Falls about a mile and a half in. Beautiful, but were on a time crunch to make it to camp in time. We hiked in to Stagecoach Rd Campground. Between 5 and 6 miles total. You need to leave the Ranger Station no later than 3PM to reach the campground before dark, and we left between 2pm and 3pm. A fairly easy hike if I wasn't carrying all my gear for the first time. We made it into camp right at dark, and thankfully managed to set up without too much struggle by lantern light. A very friendly campground neighbor had already gone and gotten plenty of water from the spring and shared it with us so I wouldn't have to find it in the dark. She said it was pretty precarious in the dark. A few decent overlooks, but all very much the same as another reviewer mentioned. Day 2, we took Historic Stagecoach Trail to the Connector (canyon) to Hobb's Cabin Campground. Day 3, we took North Rim back to the falls and then the Ranger Station.

This is a nice, kid friendly trail with a waterfall that’s relatively safe for kids to explore. The trail is pretty easy and well maintained but there are few roots and rocks in places. The main attraction is the waterfall and a bluff over-look area. My 6-year old enjoyed the trail and handled the terrain just fine. As for the 2-Star ‘hiking snob’ review, I have to partially agree: There isn’t breathtaking scenery to keep you entertained the full length of the trail. If that’s what you are looking for, a scenic highway or National Geographic magazine would be a better fit for you than a State Park. If you enjoy hiking for the sake of hiking, this is great trail and not a long hike for the scenery it provides - especially for TN.

7 months ago

Don't follow the directions in the link.

hiking
8 months ago

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