Event Information
Moderate Day Hike @ Stone Door
Savage Gulf
Sunday, Mar 5, 2017 10:00 AM
Stone Door is a great strenuous hike with awesome scenery. It is known for being an old Indian Trail with great overlooks (used in some Hank Williams movies)!

Cost: FREE for members and non-members. Registration required.
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Spring is almost here! Join us for a strenuous 9.1-mile day hike at Stone Door in the Savage Gulf State Natural Area. This is one of the most scenic hikes in Middle Tennessee, as it features fantastic views from several overlooks and follows along the picturesque Big Creek. Shake off that late winter funk and get outdoors!

When: Sunday, March 5th at 8:30am (carpool) or 10:00am (trailhead)
Where: Stone Door Ranger Station, Savage Gulf State Natural Area
Beersheba Springs, TN
Directions and carpool information are provided in the confirmation email you'll receive upon registration.
Cost: FREE! Registration is required.

Trip Leader: Carl Hoagey
This is a strenuous day hike with a total length of 9.1 miles with steep inclines and declines.
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 11th at 3pm
Group Size Limit: This trip is limited to 12 participants

Parking: There is free parking available in the trailhead parking lot


Children Policy: This is an 18+ event.
Dog Policy: Dogs on leashes that have experience hiking more than 6 miles are permitted
Weather Policy: This trip is drizzle or shine. In the event of serious weather, this hike will be postponed to a later date. Participants will be notified of any weather-related changes by their trip leader in the days leading up to the hike.
Cancellation Policy: If you register and can no longer make it, please email TeamGreen@Lightning100.com



Hike Distance: 9.1 miles
Estimated Hike Time: 6 hours
Estimated Drive Time: 2 hours (each way)
Difficulty: Strenuous


Trail starts level for one mile to the Stone Door and overlooks. Stone Door is a old Indian trail and the overlook views are awesome and even used in a Hank Williams movie. We will make a 700 foot descent into Big Creek via the “door” Big Creek is interesting as the water disappears underground and reappears along the way. The trail follows the river as we slowly climb back up the valley. We can take a optional out and back .8 mile round trip to Ranger Creek Falls if we have the energy. At the end of the valley floor we can play on some boulders in the river around two favorite swimming holes then we have a 300 foot ascent up an old logging road. The next 3.2 miles is level and walks the rim of the gulf with several overlooks as we return to the Stone Door, then back to the ranger station.


Bring your camera, lunch, snacks, and plenty of water. Make sure you wear layers, as it will likely be cold! Sturdy shoes or boots, one descent is very rocky. Check out Team Green's Day Hiking Checklist on the Resources Page!


This event is open to members and non-members. Registration is required, and limited to 12 hikers. Your trip leader will email you the week of the trip with updated information.