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rocky
7 days ago

I went to stone door for the first time yesterday and it was amazing! The views are so good and the hike was bearable even for someone with a knee injury. They had clean bathrooms and a water station. It was a nice time.

One of my favorite hikes in all of the region. I go in at Greeter Falls take that trail to Alum Point then down into the big creek gulf. Up at Stone Door then back on the BCG rim trail. 11.6 miles and 1773 elevation climb. Take the time and effort to visit Ranger Falls. Well worth the trip.

Hike this scenic lollipop loop clockwise (SD>BCG>BCR>SD). Doing it counter-clockwise (SD>BCR>BCG>SD) ends with a brutal climb out of the gulf.

Great trail for a day hike! Coming out of the gorge on BCG was definitely a nice challenge.

Stellar trail! Highly recommend taking the left when the loop starts if you want the inclines upfront. The Stone Door & water sights are more along that part of the trail. It then ends with pretty standard wooded area to end the hike for last 2-4 miles. Stunning views. Good hiking shoes are recommended. It was wet/muddy in some parts but nothing slippery or worrisome. A ton of trees were knocked down on the path from this last week’s storm so be prepared to climb / duck. This says it’s dog friendly but it’s pretty rocky / challenging so consider your dog’s limits if you plan to do the whole loop. Enjoy!

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rocky
15 days ago

Very fun and easy to hike. Also very fun to rappel and climb.

Hiked this trail May 10th. It was the last trail I had not hiked in all of the Savage Gulf area. Clocked it at 10.5 miles and 1808 feet elevation climb. It was a great hike and don't forget to go to the Cater Savage cabin.

Hidden gem has it all! Saw very few people beyond the trailhead. There are several fallen trees blocking the path but otherwise very well maintained. Exercise caution at the creek crossing for the ranger falls side trail.

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blowdown
20 days ago

We went right after a severe weather system came through so there were numerous large trees down. One one place on the trail that you had to climb over downed trees. Nice waterfall and overlook.

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scramble
22 days ago

A partially paved area to begin the trail then primitive and wide. There's a connection to longer trails near Stone Door. Several overlooks. A scramble to and the the Stone Door.

Second time here and it was great! Highly recommend!

Backpacked in from Stone Door Ranger Station to Sawmill, leaving Ranger Station at noon on 5/2/20. Took us about 3.5 hours, but we were carrying 40# backpacks. Hike down stone door and to the bottom is tricky with a pack - quite rocky, plenty of obstacles. But, we really enjoyed it. Got to Sawmill, set up tents, took an easy 20 minute trek over to the beautiful and cool spring to replenish water. Sunday am, we got up, left Sawmill at 8:00 am, arriving back at Ranger station 10:45. So, we were 45 minutes faster going up than down. Really good hike, but not a walk in the park with a backpack.

Very nice trail... a bit steep by stone door, but great viewpoints and areas to view the water.

Great trail. It’s very tough but great.

Great trail, definitely difficult. lots of mud and water after the rain but beautiful and a great challenge. Recommend a walking stick if you have one due to the rocks. Good hike for dogs too.

Beautiful falls and the Stone Door was awesome!

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muddy
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Crowded but cool place to see!

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2 months ago

Nice short trail to a very impressive waterfall. Saved steps for the way back up and out.

one of the best hiking areas ive visited in Tennessee. never a dull moment. bring some comfy shoes because going from the stone door thru big creek gulf was rockier than i expected but super fun! cut the route short by taking laurel falls back to ranger station because daylight was waning. bring at least 50 oz of water for yourself for this hike and snacks help keep your energy up for those 8 miles

Really nice overnight loop. Stone Door is a very cool place, however very crowded. Down in the gulf walking along Big Creek was great. The water was beautiful and flowing very strong. Camped at Alum Gap, and stumbled upon something really cool. Go down the Greeter Falls trail approximately half a mile (maybe slightly less) and you’ll come upon an overlook for both sunset and sunrise. Caught a great sunset, then hiked back over in the morning for a truly breathtaking sunrise! Definitely check out if camping at Alum Gap.

Fantastic loop. Clockwise is the way to go unless you just enjoy pain. River was over the trail to ranger falls, but water was flowing well for some of the other falls. once you're back on top of the rim it's cake back to the ranger's station. There are quite a few spurs to overlooks of the gulf.

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muddy
3 months ago

Great easy trails for the whole fam. Get out there!

on Stone Door Trail

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3 months ago

Easy hike. First quarter mile is paved, the rest is well-kept and fairly flat save for the actual steps down to the valley. Stunning views.

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3 months ago

Beautiful quiet and easy hike

Really fun trail! Lots of varied terrain. Greeter Falls was awesome! The river was too high to get to Ranger Falls. Very cool all around.

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