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This is a nice, tough day hike. The trail is a great alternative to the busy stone door side of the park. I completed this on a beautiful Sunday in June, and I only saw two other hikers. Long sections include hopping over wet rocks, so it is slower hike.

beautiful, well maintained trails

hiking
8 days ago

Sharon Mugno and I did 6.5 miles in 2.5 hours and loved every minute of it. The trail was easy and beautiful. The trail was well maintained. We stayed on the South Rim. The canyon views and the rapids/falls were the highlight! Highly recommend this trail.

Definitely will be going back to this trail in the cooler months when there’s not as much foliage so we can take in all the beautiful waterfalls and views even more! There’s 4- that’s right, 4!?!- waterfalls and views galore. Plenty of coverage as it rained the entire hike and it was still magic. Saw a rat snake, but he didn’t give 2 hoots about us! Highly recommend this beautiful trail! Full review and more pics coming to our blog soon at www.Wander-Full-Life.com

This time it was after rain. Slick rock field to start. Water flowing across places it normally doesn't. Good times. Saved a couple of hopefuls from making a mistake. They'd never done the trail, and had started at 2 for a clockwise hike. Boulders last. In the dark. Wet.

If this is your first time on the trail, don't start after noon, and please, take the boulder field first. That part's bad enough when you can see. Also, some of the stable looking stuff moves, so, yeah.

The least challenging, least scenic, and least trafficked trail in South Cumberland. On a positive note, it’s also the most serene. Little elevation change. The vast majority of the trail is in the woods on soil so it’s easy on the body. With the little traffic all you hear are running streams and birds which is great. During rainy weather, it gets very muddy and parts of trail have standing water. Nothing a good pair of waterproof hiking books can’t handle, but wearing trail runners could result in wet feet. I would make a trip just for this trail, but tied in with Stone Door and Big Creek Rim trails it make a 7.1 mile loop which is solid day hike.

On my opinion, the Big Creek Rim trail hiked in conjunction with the Stone Door trail is the best hike in the South Cumberland Park. The views are the best, it’s a great mix of challenging and easy, there are descents and climbs, great overlooks a a outcroppings for lunch or rest. In rainy conditions, you might have to Ford a few creeks.

Easy, short distance loop. It’s a little big of a descent and climb back up but worth as this is a great water fall. You can also step out onto the outer rocks of the waterfall to get close to the action (waterfall) which is a great photo opportunity.

We took our 4 children ages 8, 5, 4, and 2 on the Greeter Trail to the upper and lower falls. The 2 year old was in a child carrier. It was about 1.75 miles logged on our Apple Watches round trip (including all extra steps taken during swimming).

The trail before it splits off to upper and lower is fairly child friendly but there are a few spots where a cliff is exposed. The upper falls were great for wading- swimsuits and life jackets for the kids are recommended. The water is cold but y’all already knew that ;). The lower falls is reached via a spiral staircase, a slippery wooden ladder/stairs, and a precarious field of boulders. We helped our kids through these obstacles and were rewarded with a spectacular view of the lower falls. We opted not to swim in the lower falls pool as it seemed harder to approach with kids and we were satisfied with our earlier swim. The water looked deeper in the lower falls pools and a group of teenagers were happily enjoying it.

If you have young kids I would plan to visit the upper falls for sure. And if you want to see the spectacular lower falls just know that you will be helping your kids quite a bit but it’s not impossible.

All told a really fun hike for the family! We will come back and visit Blue Hole next time.

Great easy hike. Next to no elevation but beautiful views!

This is a great trail that is well marked and challenging at times. Lots of large rocky areas and great overlooks. Ranger Falls is a nice add on at the cost of an extra mile round trip.

Beautiful trail, challenging enough for a good hike and amazing views to take pictures.

we saw 2 bears

Beautiful hike but be prepared or just stay on the rim.

Great hike once again! This is my second time hiking this one and I love it even more now. Very challenging hike. We saw a large rat snake (harmless but huge!) hanging out pretty close to the trail, and a hiker we ran into said he saw a rattlesnake sitting in the middle of the trail close to the end... be careful!

one of my favorite spots yet! my wife and i walked down the river a ways and found a awesome spot for hammocks and a great rest! going back to your car is going to a little bit of a climb but very worth it!

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

This trail was one of my favorites so far! It’s defiantly difficult but very rewarding. Bring a lunch and a change of clothes so you can picnic by the falls and swim! We’ll be back!

on Savage Day Loop

1 month ago

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

backpacking
1 month 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.

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.

Absolutely beautiful area. Trail has a lot of heights that are a little scary. Moderately easy. Quite a bit of climbing. Would highly recommend.

Top of the gulf, in the gulf, swinging bridges, waterfalls. campsites, springs, history, and challenging terrain all add up to a great trek. Can’t ask for much more fun!

Beautiful trail! Would highly recommend. My dog and I did the ~9 mile loop and we both really enjoyed it. I agree with the previous reviewer that you should walk through the stone door area FIRST otherwise you're in for an excruciating last mile or so. Be careful this time of year about ticks! My dog (who doesn't stick to the trail completely) had 3 or 4 on him after he was bathed that I had to pull off. He has a flea and tick collar too, so I can only imagine how bad it might have been without it. It took us about 4.5 hrs to complete: we kept a pretty good pace while walking but stopped momentarily in a few places to enjoy the view.

hiking
1 month 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

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.

Great day hike if you are looking for something more challenging than a leisurely stroll. Allow enough time to complete your hike as necessary, the spur trail to Ranger Falls is a MUST. STRONGLY RECOMMEND starting with Gulf trail from Stone Door and finishing with Rim trail to allow time for recovery. Otherwise you will be making a steep ascent over rocks and some boulders to end your hike.

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.

Great challenging trail. With all the rain it made the water crossings a bit more challenging. Made for a slower pace.

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