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 walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 528 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures

hiking
3 days ago

Great day hike. Stay to the right and finish up at the waterfalls. Beautiful woods.

hiking
10 days ago

Beauty hike on a high traffic day. Blue everyone going to the falls and no one else on this trail. Beautiful view of the gorge.

hiking
17 days ago

Did as part of broader rim loop hiked to the cabin and returning on plateau trail Love savage gulf area

hiking
20 days ago

Easy hike. Trail is very clean and wide. Lots of kids and dogs. Make sure once you reach the falls you don’t accidentally take the trail attached to it, thinking it’s the same trail, it’s not. Made that mistake and turned our hike into a 10 mile versus the expected 4. Once you reach falls you must turn around and backtrack back over the bridge.

hiking
24 days ago

Really liked this trail! Due to the recent storms, there’s a lot of trees down, but you still have quite a bit of shade and the trail is clear! Clocked 4.7 miles on this trail and it’s easily doable with dogs and more inexperienced hikers.

26 days ago

overall this is a great trail and highly recommend. the terrain is fairly even most of the entire loop. no major incline or decline except near the waterfall. yes there are trees down in areas and no I am not going to give it less stars for that reason. the park service has done a great job clearing the trail. just be aware that in some areas you will be in direct sunlight.

hiking
blowdown
29 days ago

The multi tiered falls and Rattle snake Point are really good payoffs. Storm damage has certainly altered the wooded stretches, but that’s Nature as well folks. Shout out to all of the State Park workers and trail organizations who work their tails off so we can hike this trail and many others across the state and country. Many of those volunteers.

hiking
1 month ago

I did the Savage Day Loop yesterday with a little detour to see the falls. This was a fairly easy hike, but as others have noted, the number of downed trees makes for a sunny hike. I’m red necked today because I forgot sunscreen there. Oops! Anyway, the falls were absolutely beautiful and I loved the bridges. We saw a few lizards along the hike and a snake too! I’ve posted photos.

hiking
blowdown
no shade
2 months ago

Beautiful waterfall and lovely overlook. Easy hike with minimal elevation gain. Only complaint is that there are sooo many down trees you need to be prepared to have the sun in your face most of the hike. Today’s weather was perfect but in the summer time this trail can be extra hot from the lack of tree coverage. Water is very blue and always love the suspension bridges. Only giving this trail 4 stars because the trees are really an eye soar. On the day loop it shows taking an extra loop at the campgrounds. That loop is still closed.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked the Savage Day on 3/13/2020, Creek was flowing , falls were splendid. Went out to Rattlesnake Point, quite the gorge. Would recommend a fall/color hike. Overall, enjoyable, measured 5+ miles. Distance from I-24 though is deceiving. Please allow 30 minutes after exiting I-24.

hiking
2 months ago

The Savage Day Loop takes you past Rattlesnake Point (an amazing view). The Savage Creek Loop takes you past a series of cascading waterfalls (make sure to stop off at each pull-off point to check out the view). During the summer months, the largest/final waterfall offers a great opportunity to cool off in the pool below. Note: the western part of the Savage Creek Loop (beyond the designated camping area) is marked as closed due to a large fallen tree; however, you can walk around the tree through a brush trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful day and great views from Rattlesnake Point and Savage Falls, but numbers of trees down detracted from the hiking experience. Kudos to staff for clearing from the trail. Easy and mostly flat trail except for falls area.

hiking
blowdown
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Alway a good trail to do for a day trip. The waterfalls are amazing up close. The swinging bridges give it a very “Indiana Jones” feel! Advice, the closed area sign is worth heeding, the trail was not open all the way thru. We had to follow the river back to the main trail. Enjoy the hike

recorded Savage Day Loop

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful blue green water, cool swinging bridges, and an easy manageable hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked today 2/9/20. Trail was in good shape despite recent heavy rains and snow yesterday. There were a few muddy holes on trail but easily navigated. My 8 and 5 year old hiked the whole loop which I clocked at 5.3 miles from parking. One tree was down across trail close to the falls which had just recently fallen and not been cleared yet. We just had to climb under tree to continue.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful place! Love it!

hiking
4 months ago

Easy, flat hike that is well marked with a beautiful overlook to the valley with a waterfall and then a close up view of a different waterfall. Restrooms at the rangers station were heated! Many down trees along the trail, but they had all been cleared. We talked about coming back for backpacking and swimming in the summer.

4 months ago

Had a great hike today, everyone in my group enjoyed the trip. we will definitely go back.

backpacking
4 months ago

Much of the trail is littered with fallen trees from recent tornadoes. I went on a windy day and the many widow makers left an uneasy feeling. Still, the overlook view and awesome falls make it worth the trip.

hiking
4 months ago

Trail to myself! Great day for waterfall photos

hiking
4 months ago

Really enjoyed the hike. Easy hike for beginners & kids! We really loved it and the falls were gorgeous.

hiking
5 months ago

5 mile hike to complete entire loop plus waterfall. Recommend skipping 2 mile portion along Day loop to North rim to Rattlesnake point overlook down to Savage Falls overlook because of numerous downed trees caused by tornado damage. Trail is passable but desolate looking. Stick with South Rim to Savage Falls unless you just want the extra exercise. Waterfall was beautiful this weekend (12-28). Good easy hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Today was just magical! Hiking 5 miles in the SNOW This trail is beautiful without it but we thought we were walking on a movie set. Easy hike with a gorgeous falls. Lots of water today!

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail and always one of our favs! 9/20 and there is ZERO water in this area. it was still a great trek and camped at the falls, but bring water. Also note, the trail is very well maintained and marked, but there a LOT of blow-down along the route making for some poor scenery. The trails have been cleared, but the view is not great for a lot of the route. Also watch for widow makers...there are a bunch of them!

hiking
7 months ago

This is one of our favorite trails. Unfortunately, it’s been so dry that there were no falls! Next time!

hiking
blowdown
7 months ago

My 13 year old daughter and I hiked this trail with a Ranger and another lady. It was from the Savage Gulf Ranger Station to Rattlesnake Point. We got to Rattlesnake Point at dusk and the view was amazing. Since it was a night hike (disclaimer: unless it is a sponsored hike through TN STATE PARKS you can’t hike at night) we went back out the same way we came in. There was several places with numerous trees down from an EF2 tornado last year. The trail was very well maintained nonetheless. There is one particular place on the trail where you can see the path of the tornado. There have also been several wind events that have contributed to the downed trees. On the way out we could here the coyotes howling. However they will not interact with humans so this is not something you would need to worry about if you are planning this hike. Also, if you bring your dog, it must be on a leash. Someone got bitten recently and the Ranger may write you a ticket.

Fun but really easy

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