Spring is upon
us! Come out and enjoy the awakening of the forest and wildflowers on this Beginner’s
Backpack trip. Savage Gulf is a
15,590-acre natural area carved into the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau
in Grundy and Sequatchie Counties. The sheer sandstone cliffs and canyons make
it one of Tennessee’s most rugged and scenic areas. Gorges feature breathtaking
waterfalls. Savage Creek enters its gorge over cascades and drops 30-foot at
Savage Falls. Expect
to see remarkable vistas, waterfalls, wildflowers, and historical locations
such as the Stage Coach Road on this trip.
We will be hiking
the plateau portion of the South Rim “SR” trail. The hike begins at the Savage
Gulf Ranger Station on the Savage Day Loop Trail. We will explore the Savage
Creek and overlook & pool of Savage Falls before accessing the trail. Once
on the SR we’ll pass an old Moonshine Still and several breathtaking views and overlooks
of the gorge. Along the way we will stop for snacks and lunch. After arriving
at the historic Stage Coach Road campsite, we’ll setup camp for the evening and
have time to explore the area. Sunday
morning we’ll break camp and head back to the Ranger Station. Optional group
dinner on the way home will be offered.
When: Saturday, April 1st 7:30am (Carpool) or 9:45am
Where: Savage Gulf Ranger Station, Palmer, TN
Cost: FREE for Members & Non-Members
Michelle Guess & Jerud Colbert
Difficulty: This is a beginner’s trip. Distance will be 5
miles in/5 miles out. The plateau trail is rated as easy with several short
spur trails to overlooks and bluffs. The trail will have some rolling hill
areas. Do not expect significant elevation gain or loss on this trail as we
will be on the plateau looking down into the gorge area.
Registration Deadline: Registration closes on Wednesday, March
29th at 3pm.
Group Size Limit: This trip is limited to 10 participants
& 2 leaders
Parking: Parking is available for free near the trailhead.
Children Policy: This is a 13 and up event. Children 18 and
under must be accompanied by an adult and have prior experience hiking
strenuous terrain and longer distances
Dog Policy: Friendly dogs who have prior experience hiking 5+
miles are permitted, but must be on
leashes per park requirements.
Weather Policy: This trip is drizzle or shine. In the event
of severe weather, this trip may be postponed. Participants will be notified of
any changes due to weather the week leading up to the event by their trip
Cancellation Policy: If you register and can no longer make it,
please email TeamGreen@Lightning100.com
ABOUT THE TRAIL
Drive time to trailhead from Nashville: About 2 hours with
no time zone change
Hike Distance: 5 miles each day
Estimated Hike Time: Approx. 5 hours
We will meet at the carpool at 7:30am CST or trail head at 9:45am CST. Participants
are responsible for their own food and gear. On Saturday you will need to bring
snacks, lunch, dinner & water for the trail. Sunday morning you will need a
light breakfast and snacks for the hike out. There is a spring at the campsite
that will be filtered for group use. Participants are also encouraged to bring
a few layers as the evening could be cold.
Registration is required for this event.