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Best trails in South Cumberland State Park

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Looking for a great trail in South Cumberland State Park, Tennessee? AllTrails has 37 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 17 moderate trails in South Cumberland State Park ranging from 0.9 to 26.2 miles and from 1,190 to 2,004 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

South Cumberland State Park sits across 30,845 acres and within four different counties: Grundy, Franklin, Marion, and Sequatchie. It has nine separate areas and has one of the best backcountry hiking regions. Rated as one of the top 25 backcountry trails, the Fiery Gizzard Trail is a point-to-point trail that connects Grundy Forest to Foster Falls. There is a lot to experience, including: waterfalls, rocky gorges and overlooks. The Savage Gulf and Stone Door area has about 55 miles of hiking to amazing vistas and impressive cliff lines. Carter Natural Area is part of the Lost Cove - an 18,000-acre enclosed valley is another feature of this area. Make sure to also see the Sewanee Natural Bridge which is a sandstone arch overlooking the Lost Cove. Grundy Lakes offers a day use area where visitors can swim, picnic, fish, and hike. Make sure to also stop by the Visitors Center to see the interpretive exhibits and read more information about the South Cumberland State Park. There is a recreation area and equipment for rent from the front desk. The park has four picnic pavilions and other small picnic areas with grills around the park. There is camping and backcountry camping in South Cumberland - these are all primitive camping sites. Reservations are required. South Cumberland State Park is sure to appease your outdoor adventure!

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Map of trails in South Cumberland State Park
Park information
Acreage:
30845 acres
Park hours
Monday
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
Contact
931-924-2980
Top trails (37)
#1 - Fiery Gizzard Trail to Raven's Point
South Cumberland State Park
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 42 m
Note: The bridge to Fiery Gizzard Trail is currently out. For updated info, please see https://tnstateparks.com/parks/south-cumberland You should plan on doing the trail counter-clockwise. This will Show more
#2 - Big Creek Gulf, Big Creek Rim, and Stone Door Trails Loop
South Cumberland State Park
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 4 h 34 m
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 SpShow more
#3 - Stone Door Trail
South Cumberland State Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 50 m
Stone Door Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Beersheba Springs, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of Show more
#4 - Foster Falls Small Wild Area Loop
South Cumberland State Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 38 m
Start at the foster falls trailhead and follow the fiery gizzard until you come to the climbers access 2 sign. From here, it get very rocky and steep. This takes you to the base of foster falls.Show more
#5 - Greeter Falls Loop and Greeter Trail to Alum Gap
South Cumberland State Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
Greeter Falls Loop and Greeter Trail to Alum Gap is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Altamont, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarilyShow more
#6 - Grundy Day and Fiery Gizzard Loop Trail
South Cumberland State Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
This trail has tons of places that you could stop and take a swim. A lot of pretty moss growing on trees that have to be hundreds of years old, and tons of pretty river views. Make sure to take the exShow more
#7 - Savage Day Loop
South Cumberland State Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 20 m
Savage Day Loop is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Palmer, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walkiShow more
#8 - Denny Cove Waterfall Trail
South Cumberland State Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
There's plenty of parking available at the trailhead. The hike to Denny Falls and back is about 3 miles, 4 if you add the spur trail to the overlook. This trail is beautiful and only 10 minutes down tShow more
#9 - Collins Gulf and Stagecoach Road Historic Trails
South Cumberland State Park
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Length: 12 mi • Est. 6 h 1 m
Collins Gulf and Stagecoach Road Historic Trails is a 12 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gruetli-Laager, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experieShow more
#10 - Buggytop Trail to Lost Cove Cave
South Cumberland State Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
Buggytop Trail to Lost Cove Cave is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sherwood, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used foShow more
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